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Lyme RegisUnited Kingdom

This charming seaside town is a popular base for exploring Dorset’s UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast. 

Nestled between steep cliffs, Lyme Regis is speckled with bright cottages and Victorian villas. Relax on the town’s sandy beaches or join a fossil-hunting tour along its rugged coastline.

Walk the length of the Cobb, a curving stone breakwater which dates back to the 13th century. One of Lyme Regis’ most famous attractions, the Cobb was featured in the film version of Jane Austen's Persuasion as well as in John Fowles' novel The French Lieutenant's Woman.

Learn about the town’s fascinating history at the Lyme Regis Museum in the former home of resident Mary Anning. She and her brother discovered the first ichthyosaurus skeleton near Lyme Regis around 1811. The museum has a fine collection of fossils, as well as exhibits dedicated to local writers. Look for an office chair that belonged to novelist John Fowles who was curator of the museum for 10 years.

Take the kids to Dinosaurland, which houses more than 10,000 fossils discovered in the area. Its exhibits include a 161-pound (73-kilogram) dinosaur dung specimen as well as the remains of a plesiosaurus. Check out interesting minerals and fossils for sale in the museum store.

The Marine Aquarium, another popular family-friendly attraction, showcases the diverse species of Lyme Bay. Hand feed mullet fish, hold a starfish and see eerie spider crabs.

Head to the Town Mill Complex to sample microbrews and local cheeses. The site of a working 14th-century watermill, the complex also has a pleasant café as well as galleries for pottery and art.

Admire the plasterwork ceilings and beautiful tapestries inside Forde Abbey. Located 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of the city center, the abbey was originally built in the 12th century as a Cistercian monastery. Be sure to explore the 30-acre (12-hectare) garden surrounding the abbey to see a number of rare flower species.

Reach Lyme Regis by driving along one of numerous highways. You can also take the train to Axminster, with bus connections available from the station. The nearest airports are in Bristol, Exeter and Bournemouth.

Top hotels in Lyme Regis

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lyme Townhouse
Lyme Townhouse
3.5 out of 5
8 Pound St, Lyme Regis, England
The price is £118 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Dinosaurland Fossil Museum and Lyme Regis Beach. Lyme Regis Museum and The Town Mill are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (24 reviews)

"Lovely little place to stay in Lyme. The staff were very friendly and the breakfast was delicious. Would definitely stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2020

Lyme Townhouse
Mariners Hotel
Mariners Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Silver Street, Lyme Regis, England

Situated in the historical district, this inn is within a 10-minute walk of Dinosaurland Fossil Museum and Lyme Regis Beach. The Town Mill and Dinosaur Land ...

4.2/5Very Good! (106 reviews)

"Beautiful views, friendly and very helpful staff. Very good quality and quantity for breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Mariners Hotel
Cobb Arms
Cobb Arms
3 out of 5
The price is £90 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

Situated in Lyme Regis, this inn is steps away from Dorset and East Devon Coast and Lyme Regis Beach. Monmouth Beach and Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (200 reviews)

"A great location; the room was very clean and a decent size. It was a little loud outside In the early hours with vehicles and recycling of glasses. The breakfast was really fresh and tasty"…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2020

Cobb Arms

Popular places to visit in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Beach
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Lyme Regis Beach

4.5/5(166 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Lyme Regis Beach, a popular beach in Lyme Regis. Stroll along the area's waterfront or simply enjoy its bars.

Monmouth Beach
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Monmouth Beach

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Monmouth Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Lyme Regis. Stroll along the area's waterfront or simply enjoy its bars.

Lyme Regis Museum
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Lyme Regis Museum

You can spend time exploring the galleries in Lyme Regis Museum during your travels in Lyme Regis. Wander the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area.

Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium
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Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium

5/5(1 review)

Make time to visit the sea animals who live in Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium during your trip to Lyme Regis. Wander the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area.

Charlton Bay Beach
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Charlton Bay Beach

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Charlton Bay Beach during your trip to Lyme Regis? Stroll along the area's beaches or simply enjoy its bars.

Chesil Beach
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Chesil Beach

4.5/5(244 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Chesil Beach, a popular beach in Weymouth. Stroll along the area's seaside or simply savour its cosy cafes.

Reviews of Lyme Regis

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2019

Very crowded

5/5 - Excellent

Pete

18 Sep 2019

First time in Lyme. Loved it, walked the beach to Charmouth, found a fossil!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Aug 2019

Very lovely, but very busy. Ended up going Charmouth beach though as too busy on bank holiday weekend in Lyme Regis

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Aug 2019

We have visited Lyme many times over the past ten years, sometimes on our own and sometimes self catering with our family. We love the fact it is peaceful, not commercialised and a bit like stepping back in time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Aug 2019

It is a beautiful little bay. Very clean easily walkable to everything. Happy people and made to feel welcome. Will definitely return. 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Aug 2019

Very pleasant sea side town but very busy (start of the English summer holidays). Plenty of places to eat but limited good quality restaurants.