Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has now been awarded World Heritage Site Status; famous for its geology and fossil finds.
The town is famous for "The Cobb", a large harbour wall, that has featured in novels by Jane Austen (who was a frequent visitor to Lyme Regis). The Cobb was used as a setting for Persuasion, a film of Jane Austen's novel. The Cobb was also used in the film The French Lieutenant's Woman, starring Meryl Streep, based on the book of the same name by local writer John Fowles.
By railThe nearest train station is Axminster, which is on the route from London Waterloo to Exeter. Lyme Regis is on bus service routes X51, Axminster-Dorchester, and X53, Axminster-Portland Bill, both of which run from Axminster station.
By busIn addition to the X51 and X53, services include the 9A Seaton to Lyme Regis; all three are operated by Stagecoach South West.
- Charmouth Road Long Stay Car Park, Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3DR. has Toilets, Motorhome spaces and steps down to the sea front.
- Holmbush Car Park, Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3DR has no height barriers.
- Monmouth Beach Car Park, Lyme Regis DT7 3JN has no height barriers but tends to be unsuitable for large vehicles. http://www.lymeregistowncouncil.gov.uk/our-town/services/car-parking
One very good way to get around is to walk. Lyme Regis is on the South West Coast path and there are many circular routes from and around Lyme Regis - the area is very steep in places.
Damory Coaches operate a town bus service.
The CobbA large harbour wall, that has featured in novels by Jane Austen (who lived for a time in Lyme Regis) and in the film The French Lieutenant's Woman, based on the book of the same name by local writer John Fowles.
phone: +44 1297 444042address: Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3PUA fully working watermill, restored and re-opened in 2001; tours available. The site is also occupied by galleries, craft workshops, cafe and micro-brewery. Email via contact form on the website.
phone: +44 1297 443370address: Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3QAWith the completion of the Mary Anning Wing, the museum has added a new interactive fossil gallery, Fine Foundation Learning Centre for schools and families, improved visitor facilities and new gift shop.
phone: +44 1297 443541address: Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3PYA traditional museum, with more than 12,000 specimens on permanent display.
Fossil huntingin front of the cliffs by the beach. There are lots of fossilised ammonites in the sediment layers in the cliffs, and as weathering occurs, the cliffs are eroded and the fossils are left on the beach. The best time to go hunting is in Spring, when the winter's storms have exposed many fossils. Most are small, some are the size of your palm, and one or two are surprisingly largeup to a metre in diameter!
- Relax on the Beach where you get fantastic views of England's first natural World Heritage Site - the Jurassic Coast.
phone: +44 1297 442138address: Church St, DT7 3QAVaried programme of theatre, music, comedy, films and other events.
Fish on the Cobb.
Crab fishing equipment for fishing off the Cobb.
phone: +44 1297 445189address: 1a Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PYFresh, 100% homemade vegetarian and vegan food to eat in or take away with a strong Mediterranean influence using the best local, seasonal and organic produce in West Dorset and East Devon. Deli also stocks organic vegetables, a large range of vegetarian wholefoods and hard-to-find ingredients.
phone: +44 1297 444754address: Units 2 & 3, Riverside Workshops, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3PYArtisan bakery in the heart of Lyme Regis. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
phone: +44 1297 445914address: 6 Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QAAn independent coffee house and kitchen serving local, fresh, home-made food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere.
phone: +44 1297 442123address: 14-15 Monmouth Street, DT7 3PXFamily-friendly Italian restaurant. Takeaways also available. Email via contact page on website.
- There are also a few fish and chip shops, and a wide choice of pubs serving food.
phone: +44 1297 442312address: 32 Silver St
phone: +44 1297 442214address: 31 Broad St,
phone: +44 1297 443157address: 1 Bridge St
phone: +44 1297 443242address: Marine Parade
The Ship Innphone: +44 1297 443681address: 7 Coombe St
phone: +44 1297 442299address: 23 Marine Parade
phone: +44 1297 443153address: 1-2 Broad St
phone: +44 1297 442637address: 25 Marine Parade
phone: +44 1297 443242address: Marine ParadeNext to the harbour, three nice and clean rooms, modern bathroom
phone: +44 1297 443409address: Woodmead Road, DT7 3LJLarge elegant Georgian House with stunning views of the sea and Dorset coastline. Private car park.
phone: +44 1297 445622address: Broad Street17th-century coaching inn
phone: +44 1297 442753address: Silver St
phone: +44 1297 442010address: Pound Street, DT7 3HZBuilt 1735; a hotel since 1901; set in private grounds overlooking the Cobb and Lyme Bay.