Lyme Regis Travel Guide

  • Houses along Marine Parade
    Houses along Marine Parade
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    Riverside walk
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  • The Harbour
    The Harbour
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Lyme Regis Things to Do

  • Fossil Hunting

    Because the relatively soft limestone cliffs around Lyme are subject to constant erosion and landslips they regularly disgorge Jurassic age fossils which can be found on the local beaches. The fossils are deemed to be "owned" by the landowners (in most cases The National Trust) but in order not to discourage collectors, whether amateur or...

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  • Walking

    Broad Street is the primary street in Lyme Regis, and is lined with places to eat and shop. It goes up the hill from the center by the car parks. When you reach the top you can veer left on Pound Street a short way, then left again on Cobb Road, which leads you quickly down to Cobb Square. This is the point that the Cobb stretches out to the sea...

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  • The Undercliff

    Years of extensive landslides have created a beautiful and unique natural site, conserved now in the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. A series of cliffs between Lyme Regis and Seaton to the west are connected by the South West Coast Path National Trail (a long, 630 mile trail system), which continues further in both directions. But this...

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  • The Cobb

    Lyme's port is protected by a harbour wall known as The Cobb, which has been destroyed and rebuilt on many occasions over the centuries during extreme storms. In addition to providing a handy structure on which to install defences such as cannon, The Cobb protrudes out a considerable distance to sea from the coast and could well be the forebear of...

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  • Guildhall & Tourist Information

    Judging by the number of Forum Questions about relevant holiday reading I know I am not alone in looking for suitable holiday reading. On our first visit "real" visit to Dorset we found in our holiday cottage an impressive selection of local information including "Dorset - The Complete Guide" by Jo Draper. It is the kind of book I like, perhaps...

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  • Day Trips

    While you are in the area of Lyme Regis, there are good reasons to make the short excursion to the town of Beer. This delightful town has less tourist than Lyme Regis but is surely worth a visit. The beach is pretty (but stones and pebbles, not sand), and used to be known as a smuggling base; it still works as a place for fishing boats. The town...

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  • Marine Aquarium

    Lyme's Marine Aquarium is in the row of former warehouses on the Cobb. There's informative exhibitions of the local fish and other sea creatures who inhabit the bay. I see enough of the things at work and so gave it a miss but for a rainy day thing to do (if you're not a pub person) it looks quite interesting. On the wall outside there's a...

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  • Volunteer Inn

    Being more than a seagull's spit from the front this The Volunteer Inn offers an escape from the hordes. Although having said that it can seem like hordes when there's more than half-a-dozen people in the cosy public bar. The beer's good (and cheaper than most) and the staff and locals friendly and chatty. I only had time for a very quick pint but...

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  • Diving

    Many wrecks lie at the bottom of Lyme Bay and you can dive them from Lyme or Westbay. This is English waters so a dry suit is a must unless you wait until later in the season (August September) when a semi-dry 7mm will do if you're not to sensitive to cold. Recommended boat & Skipper: the Miss Pattie and skipper John Walker

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  • Responsible Fossil Hunting

    Because the relatively soft limestone cliffs around Lyme are subject to constant erosion and landslips they regularly disgorge Jurassic age fossils which can be found on the local beaches. The fossils are deemed to be "owned" by the landowners (in most cases The National Trust) but in order not to discourage collectors, whether amateur or...

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  • A Proper Drinking Pub

    Being more than a seagull's spit from the front this The Volunteer Inn offers an escape from the hordes. Although having said that it can seem like hordes when there's more than half-a-dozen people in the cosy public bar.The beer's good (and cheaper than most) and the staff and locals friendly and chatty. I only had time for a very quick pint but...

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  • Promenade along The Cobb

    Lyme's port is protected by a harbour wall known as The Cobb, which has been destroyed and rebuilt on many occasions over the centuries during extreme storms. In addition to providing a handy structure on which to install defences such as cannon, The Cobb protrudes out a considerable distance to sea from the coast and could well be the forebear of...

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  • In the footsteps of the immortal Mary...

    Lyme Regis was home to one of my personal heroines, the trailblazing Mary Anning, and it was a privelege to return to the town where she was born, lived and died to retrace the footsteps of this remarkable woman. It is difficult to explain how influential a figure Mary Anning was in the development of paleontology and in Victorian society in...

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  • Take some holiday Reading

    Judging by the number of Forum Questions about relevant holiday reading I know I am not alone in looking for suitable holiday reading. On our first visit "real" visit to Dorset we found in our holiday cottage an impressive selection of local information including "Dorset - The Complete Guide" by Jo Draper. It is the kind of book I like, perhaps...

    more
  • Meet another notable local - A seafaring...

    The plaque on the wall of the Guildhall commerorates Sir George Somers who was born in Lyme Regis in 1554, became Mayor and later Member of Parliament for the Town.He was, in many ways, typical of those adventurous men of the first Elizabethan Age and lived a colourful, daring and courageous life.. A friend of Sir Walter Raleigh he had access to...

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  • Meet a local notable Man of Science

    Jurassic Heritage Site's Links with Welsh Industrial Heritage SitePercy Carlyle Gilchrist (1851-1935), was born at 8 Marine Parade just round the corner from the wall on which this plaque can be seen. He studied at the Royal School of Mines and, working together with his cousin, Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, developed an important process that...

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  • Arcade

    It is not my cup of tea but, every English sea side sports an amusement arcade so why should Lyme be any different... and at least they pugged it slightly away from the romantic, olde town drag! ;-)

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  • general tip

    The kind thing about Lyme Regis is it is completely set up for its tourists!Lyme Regis provides for all our prganisationsla needs...There ae eateries galore, there are take aways abound and for those of us on self catering as in making their own sandwiches for the next day... there are food stores. You WILL eat. You WILL drink!You can get...

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Lyme Regis Hotels

  • Royal Lion

    The Royal Lion is an old coaching inn, dating back to 1601, in the centre of Lyme. I've stayed there...

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  • Fairwater Head Hotel

    Scouse Lane, Hawkchurch EX13 5TX, England

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Kersbrook Hotel

    Pound Rd., Lyme Regis, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

Lyme Regis Restaurants

  • Herbie's

    No visit to the seaside is complete without a dish of fish and chips eaten around the harbour. Herbie's Bar is a typical seafront kiosk selling take away food - burgers, pies - and fish and chips. But this one has been written up in the quality newspapers and is said to be the "best in the west". It is for fish and chips that Herbie's first became...

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  • Cobb Arms

    The Cobb Arms is situated adjacent to the harbour, on the approach to the Cobb itself. As such this is probably the best located pub in town and I should imagine in summer it is the busiest. Even on a damp March Monday afternoon it was still busy enough, being about half-full with mostly diners and a few drinkers at the bar. This is a food-led pub...

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  • Fish & Chips at the Seaside

    No visit to the seaside is complete without a dish of fish and chips eaten around the harbour. Herbie's Bar is a typical seafront kiosk selling take away food - burgers, pies - and fish and chips. But this one has been written up in the quality newspapers and is said to be the "best in the west".It is for fish and chips that Herbie's first became...

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Lyme Regis Transportation

  • Bus Services

    Lyme used to have a railway station but that was axed in the 1960's following the Beeching cuts. The nearest railway station is at Axminster, on the mainline between London Waterloo and Exeter. From there the First bus, service #31, runs hourly between Axminster and Weymouth with Lyme Regis being about 20 minutes away. As the bus crests the hill...

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  • Driving

    If you arrive in Lyme with your car you will immediately realise 2 things: 1) the lack of parking availability if you are not the early bird that catches the early worm ... or in the case one of the few car park spaces! 2) The car parks charge ALL the time... day, night, weekday, weekend day... and whilst this WILL rattle through ALL your cash,...

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  • cars and car parking!

    If you arrive in Lyme with your car you will immediately realise 2 things:1) the lack of parking availability if you are not the early bird that catches the early worm ... or in the case one of the few car park spaces!2) The car parks charge ALL the time... day, night, weekday, weekend day... and whilst this WILL rattle through ALL your cash, the...

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Lyme Regis Shopping

  • Children's books on Mary Anning

    As you might expect, Lyme Regis is brimming with books about fossils, dinosaurs and Mary Anning herself. However, the best and most original books I found whilst we were there were children's books about Mary Anning's life.'Stone Girl, Bone Girl' by Laurence Anholt is a particularly charming book which conveys Mary's amazing life in a simple but...

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  • Mainly Books

    The Sanctuary.What better way to pass an hour or two on a bitterly cold day than to browse in a book shop? Within a few yards of each other, at the Cobb Gate end of Broad Street, I discovered three excellent, and very different shops.You really could not miss The Sanctuary with its distinctive faux Victorian frontage. From the outside, looking...

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  • Lyme Regis Hotels

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Lyme Regis Warnings and Dangers

  • Landslides

    You may want to explore the landslip to the east of Lyme, but take great care. The earth is still moving, and mudflows can trap you and suck you down. Take care even in summer, weather, as the area rarely dries out fully. Remember that all the cliffs along Lyme Bay are unstable, and keep well away from them if the weather has been wet.

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  • Local Tides

    If you plan to walk from Lyme to Charmouth, or the other way, check the tide times first. You can easily get cut off by Church Cliffs (just east of Lyme) and there is no escape route as the cliffs are almost sheer. People have died there in the past, so take care. Watch the mudflows from the landslip too ... they can be very deep and will suck you...

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  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the culture which has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the vast majority...

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Lyme Regis Off The Beaten Path

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    by leics Updated Apr 21, 2014

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    A massive landslide in the 1800's created the Undercliff, now a hugely important site for both plants and animals. The landslide resulted in an area which has its own microclimate, and walking through it can sometimes feel almost jungle-like. There's only one path (it's dangerous to leave it, as there are holes and chasms hidden by the undergrowth) which leads from Seaton to Lyme Regis (about 7 miles) and it takes about 3 hours to walk. Occasional gaps allow you glimpses of the hidden, inaccessible shoreline below, whilst all around is birdsong and lush greenery. Highly recommended.

    I've walked this path with my young children and had no difficulty. It's not a strenuous walk and the going is pretty easy, with just a few short uphill sections. Wet weather means the path can get slippery though.

    Get the bus to Seaton but get off at the Axemouth golf club. Walk straight up the club drive and keep going (across the green!) until you reach the top of the hill. The footpath is signed from there. Take a drink and food, because there's nowhere to get anything until you reach Lyme.

    2014 Update: This section of the South-west Coastal Path is closed at the moment, because our very wet winter has led to an increased number of landslips in the area. Hopefully it will re-open soon. Check the official site below for information.

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Lyme Regis Favorites

  • Beaches

    I thought it a little strange that the town's main beach is half pebbles and half sand, with a groyne separating the two. That had me scratching my head until I found the answer on the website - both halves have been artificially created by importing thousands of tons of materials. The pebble beach is part of the town's coastal defence and extends...

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  • Car Parking

    Although there are several car parks in town the one nearest Lyme Regis harbour and close to the Cobb and Marine Parade is the best one - Monmouth Beach car park GPS DT7 3JJ After you leave the Sidmouth Road (A 3052) head for the harbour.With the harbour in front of you the Cobb Arms will be on your left and the Lifeboat Station on the...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    This useful little office, run by the local council, has friendly, helpful, staff who can assist with almost any tourist query. They can help with accomodation, public transport and things to do. There's the usual freebie leaflets, including suggested walks, as well as guidebooks, maps etc for sale. They also act as ticket agents for local events...

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