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Lyme Regis

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The Cobb at Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a seaside town in situated 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 Waterloo to Exeter. Lyme Regis is on bus service routes X51, Axminster-Dorchester, and X53, Axminster-Portland Bill, both of which run from 1 Axminster station.

By bus[edit]

There is also a good bus service along the Jurassic Coast. First Wessex, Dorset and South Somerset runs bus services through Lyme Regis, and there is a town bus service operated by Stagecoach South West.

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.


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  • 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, e-mail: . 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.
  • 4 Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3PY, +44 1297 443541, e-mail: . Daily 10AM-4PM 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..
  • 5 Golden Cap, Golden Cap Estate, Morcombelake, Bridport, Dorset (See website for directions), +44 1297 489481, e-mail: . The highest point of the south coast of Great Britain, owned by the National Trust; visible from Lyme Regis seafront. Stonebarrow shop and information centre open seasonally, Easter to October; see website for opening hours. Golden Cap on Wikipedia Golden Cap (Q5579263) on Wikidata


  • 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, e-mail: . Box office: M-Sa 10AM–5PM. Varied programme of theatre, music, comedy and other events.


  • Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week: 4–12 August 2018. Over 60 events throughout the week for the whole family raising money for local good causes. Grand Carnival Procession Saturday 12 August, 8PM
  • Lyme Lunge: 1 January 2019, e-mail: . A fancy dress dip for charity on New Years 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.


  • There are lots of restaurants in Lyme Regis but none that have really made a great impression.
  • There are also a few fish and chip shops.
  • 1 Tierra Kitchen, 1a Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PY, +44 1297 445189, e-mail: . Brunch/lunch: W-Sa noon-2:15PM; Dinner Tu-Sa 6:00PM-9:00PM. Vegetarian restaurant with a strong Mediterranean and French influence, using locally-sourced, seasonal, organic and wild produce.
  • 2 Town Mill Bakery, 2 Coombe Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3PY, +44 1297 444754, e-mail: . Organic artisan bakers and cafe. Breakfast (every day from 8:30AM until noon-ish); lunch (12:30PM-ish-2:30PM "or until we run out"); tea (2:30PM-4:30PM-ish); supper (M-Sa 5PM-8PM, August only).
  • 3 Aroma Cafe, 6 Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA, +44 1297 445914. 10AM - 4PM (closed Tuesdays during school term). An independent coffee house and kitchen serving local, fresh, home-made food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere.



The Pilot Boat Inn
The Rock Point Inn
  • The Nag's Head
  • The Volunteer
  • The Pilot Boat (currently closed for renovation; due to re-open late spring 2018)
  • The Cobb Arms
  • The Ship Inn
  • The Harbour
  • The Rock Point
  • The Standard

Hotels with bars[edit]

  • The Royal Lion
  • The Mariners

Restaurants with bars[edit]

  • Lyme Bay Kitchen and Bar
  • Purple Parsnip


  • The Cobb Arms. Next to the harbour, three nice and clean rooms, modern bathroom double £60..
  • Springfield House, Woodmead Road, DT7 3LJ, +44 1297 443409. Large elegant Georgian House with stunning views of the sea and Dorset coastline. Private car park. £33-38.

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