Lyme Regis

Travel Guide

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.

The Dower House Hotel
The Dower House Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £103 per night from 22 Dec to 22 Dec
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Lyme Regis Beach. East Devon and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (59 reviews)
Excellent
"Excellent hotel"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2021

The Dower House Hotel
Lyme 1 Hotel
Lyme 1 Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Pound Street, Lyme Regis, ENG
Situated in Lyme Regis, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Dinosaurland Fossil Museum and Lyme Regis Beach. Lyme Regis Museum and The Town Mill are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (21 reviews)
"Really lovely property. Great location for town and the beach. Loved the breakfast hampers and it was lovely and warm and clean. Thank you."

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2021

Lyme 1 Hotel
Cobb Arms
Cobb Arms
3 out of 5
The price is £120 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Situated in Lyme Regis, this beach inn is steps away from Dorset and East Devon Coast and Lyme Regis Beach. Monmouth Beach and Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium are ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (241 reviews)
"Very quirky décor, really fun.. Service was excellent, food great. Amazing location."

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2021

Cobb Arms
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Coast House on Rousdon Estate, sleeps 12. Sea Views and hot tub
Coast House on Rousdon Estate, sleeps 12. Sea Views and hot tub
West Street, Lyme Regis, ENG
Situated in Lyme Regis, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, East Devon and Axe Cliff Golf and Country Club. ...
Coast House on Rousdon Estate, sleeps 12. Sea Views and hot tub
Stunning cottage on Lyme Regis' seafront -  magnificent ocean views. Sleeps 2+
Stunning cottage on Lyme Regis' seafront - magnificent ocean views. Sleeps 2+
Marine Parade, Little Madeira, Lyme Regis, ENG
Situated on the beach, this historic cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lyme Regis Museum and Lyme Regis Beach. Dinosaur Land and The Town Mill are also within ...
5/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
good things come in small packages
"Little Madeira, is a lovely house, it had everything we needed and more. The stairs were challenging and a tight fit. If one was unsteady or large, then imagine they would be a problem. The views are breathtaking and waking up there is a delight. To be able to walk out of the door and into the sea ..."

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2021

Stunning cottage on Lyme Regis' seafront - magnificent ocean views. Sleeps 2+
Malia. Sleeps 6. Clean & modern. Seaside, sights & shops moments away!
Malia. Sleeps 6. Clean & modern. Seaside, sights & shops moments away!
2a Woodmead Rd, Malia, Lyme Regis, ENG
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Dinosaurland Fossil Museum and Lyme Regis Beach. The Town Mill and Dinosaur Land are ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Lovely house with great views
"Lovely property with great views of Lyme Regis. Would definitely recommend staying here."

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2021

Malia. Sleeps 6. Clean & modern. Seaside, sights & shops moments away!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Lyme Regis

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4/5 - Good

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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

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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.

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