Lyme Regis

Dubbed ‘The Pearl of Dorset’ for good reason, this impossibly pretty town tumbles down to a promenade of multi-coloured Georgian houses overlooking the turquoise arc of Lyme Bay. Sweeping out to sea is the 13th Century Cobb harbour wall, which took on iconic status for its starring role in The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, there’s no escaping fossils in Lyme – even the lampposts have fossils shaped into them! When you’re not digging into the coastline’s 185 million years of history and hunting for your own fossils, soak up the town’s retro seaside feel, enjoy a round of crazy golf or relax on the golden beaches.

Things To Do

Fossil Hunting
Head down to Lyme’s shingle beach with a hammer and it’s highly likely that you’ll return with pockets full of fossils that could be around 100 million years old. Or walk 15 minutes to Monmouth, another popular fossil hunting beach, and you can witness gargantuan ammonites carved into limestone cliffs. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for book a guided fossil-hunting tour with Brandon Lennon, a local fossil collector with 30 years’ experience.

www.lymeregisfossilwalks.com

The Cobb
Walk along the town’s iconic seawall, The Cobb, and you’re stepping into the backdrop of both Jane Austen’s Persuasion and John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Take care as you climb the precarious steps known as ‘Granny’s Teeth’, then make your way out to sea along the stone breakwater, looking back upon gob-smacking views of the beach and coastline.

Go Fishing
Why not see if you can join the local fishermen and snag your own catch for dinner? Nick’s fishing trips are suitable for all ages and abilities – whether you want to sit back and enjoy the salty breeze or are serious about bringing back fresh mackerel for tea.

www.lymeregismackerelfishing.com

Go Sailing
Budding sailors and salty sea dogs roll up to feel the wind in your sails and experience the beauty of the World Heritage coastline by boat. The ancient Cobb Harbour is the perfect place to launch a dinghy and learn the ropes under the tutelage of Lyme Regis Sea School.

www.lrss.org.uk

Lyme Rib Rides
A family run business that provides both fast and leisurely boat trips for the whole family, run by our qualified and experienced skippers, so you are in safe hands…

www.lymeribrides.com

Langmoor and Lister Gardens
Tumbling down to the waterfront behind the harbour, these stunning gardens are a haven for birds and wildlife. Wander along the boardwalk, hit the crazy golf or putting green, or simply soak up spectacular views to Portland and Golden Cap (the highest point on the south coast).

Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium
Come face-to-face with the underwater world without even dipping a toe in the water. At this interactive attraction you can get close up to local marine life from mullet to starfish, and delve into Lyme’s maritime history.

www.lymeregismarineaquarium.co.uk

Lyme Regis Museum
Spare some time to dip into the Lyme Regis Museum and learn more about the area’s natural history – including the life of the town’s own prolific fossil hunter, Mary Anning, who became famous in 1811 with the discovery of an enormous Ichthyosaur skeleton.

www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk

Dinosaurland Fossil Museum
Delve into an exciting and extensive collection of fossils from microfossils to Ichthyosaurs, step back to the Jurassic era in the Time Gallery, and discover shells and skeletons in the Natural History Room

www.dinosaurland.co.uk

Marine Theatre
See the curtain go up on a classic show at the Marine Theatre. From jazz concerts and live music to cinema and comedy weekends, this historical little theatre by the sea boasts a diverse year-round calendar of entertainment and events.

www.marinetheatre.com

Eat And Drink

Hix Oyster and Fish House
Hogging prime position overlooking Lyme Bay, this is one of the finest locations to tuck into Britain’s best seafood. From prawns and oysters to crab and cockles, almost everything served is plucked from the ocean in view. Celeb chef Mark Hix keeps his style simple and elegant, leaving the quality of the local ingredients to do the talking.

www.hixoysterandfishhouse.co.uk

The Millside Restaurant
Situated just beside the River Lym and the historic Town Mill, this is an atmospheric setting away from the hustle and bustle of the seafront. Serving delectable dishes of local provenance, you can expect Lyme Bay fish, Somerset cheeses and organic produce that hasn’t travelled far to reach your plate.

www.themillside.co.uk

The French Lieutenant’s Bistro
Fancy a romantic dinner by the beach? Head to this fine-dining restaurant for a seafood platter, freshly landed fish dishes and classic cuts of locally reared meats.

www.frenchbistro.co.uk

Harbour Inn
Bang on the beach overlooking the Cobb and Lyme Bay, here you’re so close to the sand that you can watch the kids build sandcastles while you sip local ales and fine wines.

www.harbourinnlymeregis.co.uk

Herbie’s Dino Bar
A bit of a local secret, this seafront kiosk dishes up the best fish and chips in town. It’s excellent value and serves interesting options such as whiting, ling and Pollock – all ready to be scoffed with a glorious view of the bay.

The Bell Cliff Restaurant and Tea Rooms
For hearty breakfasts and cream tea’s you can’t beat this local gem on Broad Street, where freshly baked scones come piled high with homemade jam and West Country cream.

The River Cottage Canteen, Axminster
It’s only a 15-minute drive to the famous River Cottage Canteen run by local food hero Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Here you can tuck into all manner of seasonal produce, from Lyme Bay plaice and Portland brown crab to rabbit ragu and Devon Rose veal burgers.

www.rivercottage.net/canteens/axminster

Wild Walks

Undercliff’s National Nature Reserve
Head west out of Lyme Regis and you soon get to a stretch of path through the ‘Undercliffs’ – one of the geological wonders of the Jurassic Coast where a series of landslips has left a ragged coastline and an untamed wilderness abundant with ferns, fungi, orchids, wild clematis, birdlife, insects and pioneering species. Watch your step along seven miles of rough terrain that eventually brings you out onto the cliff-tops above Seaton.

Lyme Regis to Uplyme
Head inland and follow the River Lym from Dorset to Devon on this easy-going 1.5-mile route to Uplyme. A good year-round walk; follow the foxglove logo of the East Devon Way as you meander past the Town Mill and alongside the river to the hamlet of Uplyme, where you can stop for a pint at The Talbot Arms before heading onto the Cannington Viaduct or back to Lyme Regis.

www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/797

Golden Cap, between Bridport and Charmouth
Just seven miles out of Lyme Regis awaits one of the most challenging walks on the Dorset coast – a hike over Golden Cap, which at 191 metres is the highest point on England’s south coast. Summit this and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across Dartmoor and Lyme Bay, but if you can’t hack the calf-busting climb there’s 25 miles of easier footpaths circulating the estate.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap

Events & Festivals

JANUARY

The Lyme Lunge and the Grand Duck Race 1st January 2018
The year kicks off with the famous duck race on the River Lym and an invigorating saltwater dip at Cobb Beach. If you don’t brave the swim just turn up to watch outrageously dressed participants take the plunge.

MARCH/APRIL

The Lyme Bay Beer Festival
Sample beers and ciders from the region’s microbreweries, feast on local food, take in the sea views and spin into spring on the dance floor at the Marine Theatre.

http://lymeregisbeerfestival.co.uk

Easter Bonnet Parade 1st April 2018
Create your own bonnet or simply watch Easter Sunday’s colourful bonnet parade from the seafront pavilion.

MAY

Lyme Regis Fossil festival
During this weekend of festivities celebrating the area’s prehistoric bounty, the whole family can enjoy fascinating talks and explore the past with a huge range of hands-on activities along the seafront.

www.fossilfestival.co.uk

Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Weekend 25th May 2018
It doesn’t matter whether or not the sun shines on the May Bank Holiday weekend – this toe-tapping jazz festival marks one of the busiest weekends of the year in Lyme Regis.

www.lymeregisjazzfestival.co.uk

JUNE

Coast-to-Coast Motorcycle Run
Get to Gun Cliff early to checkout the line-up of vintage motorbikes and meet the riders, before the Mayor waves them off on their annual run from Lyme Regis to Weston-super-Mare.

www.wcmcc.org.uk

JULY

Summer Show and Country Fayre
Step straight into a scene from The Good Life at this traditional country fayre held on Uplyme playing field. Organised by the local horticultural society, there are plenty of events from cake competitions and dog shows to live music and steam train rides.

https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/summer-show/

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week– 28th July 2018
Brace yourself for a week packed with events, activities and entertainment – from the bath-tub race, tug-of-war and crab-fishing competition, to swimming challenges, Morris dancers, fireworks and live bands.

Red Arrows Red Letter Day
The Red Arrows display is one of the busiest occasions on the town’s calendar, marking the culmination of a jam-packed day of community events on the seafront.

AUGUST

Lyme Regis Carnival11th August 2018
Join in the revelry of the town’s huge Regatta and Carnival week, which boasts an array of family entertainment including a torchlight procession, fireworks, live music by the sea, gig rowing, theatre performances and the grand carnival procession.

http://lymeregiscarnival.co.uk

NOVEMBER

Bonfire Night 3rd November 2018
Keep warm beside a blazing bonfire on the beach and watch a magical fireworks display over the harbour.

DECEMBER

The Great Lyme Regis Pudding Race
The people of Lyme Regis kick off the festive season and work up an appetite for Christmas by dressing up as Christmas puddings and racing along the promenade.

www.xmaspudracelymeregis.co.uk

Carols Around the Tree
Sing along with the Lyme Regis Town Band at the annual carol concert around the tree.

Christmas Day Fancy Dress Swim 25th  December 2018
Put on your festive fancy dress and head to nearby Charmouth beach for a festive dip. Don’t be late ­– the plunge takes place at 11am and most of the swimmers are out by a minute past.

Shop Til You Drop

The Town Mill
Weave your way through the narrow streets of Lyme Regis to the Town Mill – a 700-year-old working water mill that now showcases the wares of local craftspeople from artists to jewellers. Pause for a bite to eat at one of the cafés or a tipple from the resident microbrewery.

www.townmill.org.uk

The Old Forge Fossil Shop
Collecting your own fossils is the hard-earned way to take home a piece of history, but you can get your hands on all sorts of fossil-themed mementos at this Aladdin’s Cave of Jurassic souvenirs. As well as a world-famous collection of fascinating fossils, there’s jewellery, crystals, books, maps and even dinosaur teeth.

www.fossilshop.net

Seasalt
This West Country clothing brand creates functional, fashionable clothing that goes hand-in-hand with the coastal lifestyle. Think dresses made for days on the beach, iconic rainwear, Cornish art and print stationary.

www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk

Cottages in and around Lyme Regis

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Fig Tree Cottage

A4925 Lyme Regis, Dorset

Quietly tucked away in the heart of Lyme Regis is this attractive self-contained cottage, just a stones throw from the seafront....

Available From £310 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Friday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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5 Coram Tower

A4791 Lyme Regis, Dorset

From its elevated position the property enjoys some of the best views available of the town, sea and Lyme Bay's World Heritage coa...

Available From £385 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Friday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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Coram Lodge

A4657 Lyme Regis, Dorset

Situated within the grounds of a recently converted Grade II listed Lyme Regis building is this bright and modern apartment....

Available From £385 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Friday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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2 Argyle House

A4609 Lyme Regis, Dorset

Situated directly on the stunning seafront of Lyme Regis, this beautiful first floor apartment offers great quality accommodation ...

Available From £420 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Saturday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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The Seafoal

A4913 Lyme Regis, Dorset

Offering lovely sea views, and with its own private roof terrace, this wonderful luxury apartment is hidden away in the heart of t...

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Available From £550 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Friday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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The Beach Hut

A4986 Lyme Regis, Dorset

A much sought after Monmouth Beach chalet offering stunning sea, Cobb harbour and coastal views. Situated close to the beach in Ly...

Available From £510 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Friday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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Penny Plot Cottage

A6017 Lyme Regis, Dorset

Penny Plot Cottage is a unique, detached cottage situated in a large private garden enjoying fantastic elevated views from Lyme Ba...

Available From £335 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Saturday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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4 Coram Tower

A4742 Lyme Regis, Dorset

This delightful, modern apartment is situated in Coram Tower, a converted Grade II listed Lyme Regis building. From its elevated l...

Available From £385 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Friday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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11 Buckfields

A6057 Lyme Regis, Dorset

New property - a spacious and beautifully presented apartment enjoying far reaching views over the stunning Jurassic coastline tak...

Available From £405 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Friday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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Skerries, The Sailoft

A4557 Lyme Regis, Dorset

Providing some wonderful views of the sea and across the town to the beautiful World Heritage coastline is this self contained ann...

Available From £305 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Saturday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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The Bookie

A4374 Lyme Regis, Dorset

A centrally located, open plan ground floor apartment in the heart of Lyme Regis....

Available From £330 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Saturday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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6 Coram Tower

A6033 Lyme Regis, Dorset

Originally constructed to commemorate local Sea Captain Thomas Coram, Coram Tower is a splendid detached grade II listed building ...

Available From £330 for 7 nights
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Changeover: Friday
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
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