Lyme Regis is known as the “Pearl of Dorset”. It is located at the western extremity of Dorset, in the heart of the Jurassic Coast. The town has been protected from the sea by the Cobb (harbour wall) since the 13th Century. At this time King Edward I granted Lyme a royal charter enabling the “Regis” to be added to its title.
The literary associations of authors such as Jane Austen and Henry Fielding and its royal patronage have helped the town maintain a genteel, old world ambience quite unlike any other beach resort. The steep streets above the harbour cater to all ages and tastes. The town includes a theatre, a cinema, pubs, restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops.
The sandy beach is also a popular choice, it’s ideal for building sand castles with the little ones. While the promenade makes for an easy stroll and offers fantastic views across Lyme Bay towards Charmouth and Golden Cap which is the highest cliff on the South Coast. Further inland, pay a visit to Forde Abbey. A stunning 12th century Cistercian Monastery with 30 acres of gardens and lakes makes for a great day out.
The Lyme Regis Area is a walker’s paradise as it is laced with footpaths. These include the historic Monarch’s Way, Liberty Trail and the upgraded Wessex Ridgeway. With The South West Coast Path running along the coastline, this corner of the county fully justifies its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status and makes a great base to explore the wonders of the Jurassic Coast.
Lyme Regis has many things to do and discover during your holiday in Dorset. Museums, theatres, fishing and shopping are all on offer in this delightful seaside town. Explore in more detail what the area has to offer:
- Food and drink. From fine dining to sustainable fish and chips served direct from a kiosk on the sea front, there is an abundance of places where you can find delicious, fresh food in Lyme Regis.
- Lyme Regis Beaches. The beaches in and around Lyme Regis are a mixture of sand and pebbles. This area is world famous for fossil hunting.
- What’s on in Lyme. The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is a popular annual event that runs every May Day Bank Holiday weekend. It draws fossil enthusiasts from all over the country. It offers a mix of walks, talks, music, theatre, exhibits and lots of hands-on science for all ages.
Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lyme Regis has many outlying villages where you can relax and enjoy the stunning landscape that surrounds you. Alternatively, both the sea and the countryside offer a wealth of opportunities for intrepid explorers or join the locals at one of our much-loved village pubs to sample a local beer or cider. Did you know Dorset also produces award-winning English sparkling wine? We think there must be something in all those fossilised marine reptiles!
Why not buy a Jurassic Coast Card which has some great deals for days out, food and drink and services along the Dorset Coast?
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