Things To Do
Explore the countryside and witness an abundance of flora and fauna on a stroll to the magnificent Cannington Viaduct – a Grade II listed monument and a picturesque reminder of the railway line between Axminster and Lyme Regis, which opened in 1903 but was closed in 1965.
Fossil Hunting, Lyme Regis
Scour Lyme’s shingle beach and it’s highly likely that you’ll return with pockets full of fossils that could be around 100 million years old. Or visit Monmouth, another popular fossil-hunting beach, where 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.
Go Fishing, Lyme Regis
Snag your own catch for dinner on a fishing trip from Lyme Regis. 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.
Langmoor and Lister Gardens, Lyme Regis
Tumbling down to the waterfront behind Lyme Regis 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, Lyme Regis
Come face-to-face with the underwater world without even dipping a toe in the water. At this interactive attraction situated at the end of The Cobb harbour wall, you can get close up to local marine life from mullet to starfish, and delve into Lyme’s maritime history.
Lyme Regis Museum, Lyme Regis
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.
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Lyme Regis
elve 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
Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
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.
Eat And Drink
The Talbot Arms
Sink into country life with lip-smacking food and drink served in this traditional country pub. A refreshing break from the bustling seafront eateries of Lyme Regis, here the focus is not only on the fruits of the sea, but succulent meats reared on nearby farms, freshly picked veg, hearty puddings and award-winning wines and ales.
The Bay, Lyme Regis
Popular for its unfussy approach to good food, this casual all-day eatery is a great place to tuck into local, seasonal food. Family friendly, dog friendly and just a pebble’s throw from the bay, expect all your favourites from moules frites to big burgers and Sunday roasts.
Hix Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis
You can’t mention eating anywhere near Lyme Regis without reference to this world-class seafood restaurant overlooking Lyme Bay. 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.
The Millside Restaurant, Lyme Regis
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.
Harbour Inn, Lyme Regis
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.
Herbie’s Dino Bar, Lyme Regis
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 River Cottage Canteen, Axminster
It’s only a 10-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.
Uplyme to Lyme Regis
Follow the River Lym on this easy-going 1.5-mile route to Lyme Regis. A good year-round walk, follow the foxglove logo of the East Devon Way as you meander away from your countryside hamlet and past the Town Mill to the buzzing seafront scattered with restaurants, cafés and attractions.
Undercliffs 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.
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 are 25 miles of easier footpaths circulating the estate.
Events & Festivals
The Lyme Lunge and the Grand Duck Race, Lyme Regis – 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.
The Lyme Bay Beer Festival, Lyme Regis
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.
Lyme Regis Fossil festival, Lyme Regis
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.
Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Weekend, Lyme Regis
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.
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.
Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week, Lyme Regis
Brace yourself for a week packed with events, activities and entertainment – from the bathtub race, tug-of-war and crab-fishing competition, to swimming challenges, Morris dancers, fireworks and live bands.
Lyme Regis Carnival, Lyme Regis
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.
The Great Lyme Regis Pudding Race, Lyme Regis
The people of Lyme Regis kick off the festive season by dressing up as Christmas puddings and racing along the promenade.
Christmas Day Fancy Dress Swim, Lyme Regis
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, Lyme Regis
Weave your way through the narrow streets of Lyme Regis to the Town Mill – a 700-year-old working watermill 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.
The Old Forge Fossil Shop, Lyme Regis
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.
Seasalt, Lyme Regis
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 stationery.