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Lyme Regis

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The Cobb at Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a seaside town in south-west Dorset in the West Country of England.


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.

Get in[edit]

By rail[edit]

The 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 bus[edit]

In 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.

Get around[edit]

Map of Lyme Regis

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.


Library Cottage
  • 1 The Cobb. A 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.
  • 2 The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3PU, +44 1297 444042. Daily 11AM-4PM, subject to volunteer availability; galleries daily 10:30AM-4:30PM. A 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.
  • 3 Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3QA, +44 1297 443370, . With 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. Lyme Regis Museum (Q6708161) on Wikidata Lyme Regis Museum on Wikipedia
  • 4 Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3PY, +44 1297 443541, . Daily 10AM-5PM from February half term to end of October half term. Winter opening hours vary - please check before visiting.. A traditional museum, with more than 12,000 specimens on permanent display. £5 adults; £4 children 5 to 16; under 5s free; family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £16.


  • Fossil hunting. in 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 large--up to a metre in diameter!
  • Crazy Golf (in Langmoor Gardens overlooking the Promenade.).
  • Relax on the Beach where you get fantastic views of England's first natural World Heritage Site - the Jurassic Coast.
  • 1 Marine Theatre, Church St, DT7 3QA, +44 1297 442138, . Box office: M-Sa 10AM–5PM. Varied programme of theatre, music, comedy, films and other events.


  • Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week: 25–31 July 2020. Events and activities throughout the week for everyone.
  • Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week: 1–8 August 2020. Over 60 events throughout the week for the whole family raising money for local good causes.
  • Lyme Folk Weekend: 28–31 August 2020. A folk music festival.
  • Lyme Lunge: 1 January 2021,  . A fancy dress dip for charity on New Year's Day in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay off the Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis. Join 400-plus swimmers and start the year with a whole lot of fun.


Fish on the Cobb.

Crab fishing equipment for fishing off the Cobb.


Local seafood specialities include Lyme Bay crab, which is available at any fishmonger in the wider region, and is on the menu at several local restaurants as a starter or the centrepiece of a crab salad.

  • 1 Tierra Kitchen, 1a Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PY, +44 1297 445189, . Tu-Su 9AM-4PM. Fresh, 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.
  • 2 Town Mill Bakery, Units 2 & 3, Riverside Workshops, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3PY, +44 1297 444754. Daily 8:30AM-4PM. Artisan bakery in the heart of Lyme Regis. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
  • 3 Aroma Cafe, 6 Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA, +44 1297 445914. Daily 10AM-4PM (closed Tu during school term). An independent coffee house and kitchen serving local, fresh, home-made food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • 4 Italia, 14-15 Monmouth Street, DT7 3PX, +44 1297 442123. Daily 5:30-9:00PM. Family-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.



The Pilot Boat Inn
The Rock Point Inn


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