It’s just over a year since we wrote our blog series about moving to popular Dorset towns – with places of interest and average house prices, so we think it’s definitely time we revisit some of these beautiful places to give you some up to date info and let you know exactly what to expect if you’re planning a big move. This week we’re going to look at one of our favourite Dorset towns – and home of the Northover and Gilbert HQ – To find out why we love it so – read on to find out what to expect if you move to Bridport.

Art, culture and history in Bridport

With a rich heritage, and many traditional buildings, Bridport featured as Port Bredy in Dorset native Thomas Hardy’s Wessex series of novels. This thriving town has a burgeoning arts scene with a theatre, independent cinema, museum and the iconic Bridport arts centre. This week the artist studios of Bridport and West Dorset are throwing open their doors as part of their annual event so if you are thinking of moving to Bridport and like art and sculpture then now would be a great time to head over to Dorset and take a tour of the 42 venues, featuring the work of 90 different artists and explore this beautiful part of the world.

What to do when you move to Bridport

If you’re looking for work when you move to Bridport, the main local employers are AmSafe, The NHS, Dorset County Council, Denhay Farms, Morrisons and Waitrose. The town has a long tradition of rope-making and net manufacture and we also have a local brewery – Palmer’s which offers tours of its historic building between the months of April and October every year.

Average House prices in Bridport

The majority of houses sold in Bridport over the last year were detached properties, which sold for an average price of £396,980. Terraced properties averaged around £249,525 and flats were around £179,880.

Properties in Bridport are currently cheaper to buy than those in nearby West Bay, Burton Bradstock and Beaminster. In the past year house prices in Bridport were 9% up on the year before and 15% up on 2015 when they averaged at £248,545.

If you’re thinking of renting in Bridport, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £800 per month and 1 bedroom flats start at around £650.

(Prices shown as of September 2018).