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Lyme Regis, Dorset, Visitor & Tourism Guide

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Nearby AONBs: Dorset, Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs, East Devon.
Nearby Towns: Weymouth, Dorchester, Seaton, Sherborne, Sidmouth
Nearby Villages: Abbotsbury, Cerne Abbas, West Lulworth, Corfe Castle, Beer

Beaches and downland, history and fossils
Exceptional seaside town and tourist resort on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Lyme Regis is located in west Dorset on the border with Devon.

The town looks out across Lyme Bay towards one of the most dramatic stretches of the Jurassic Coast including Golden Cap and the distinctive orange cliffs at West Bay. Beyond that are Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland.

Because it's exceptional, it's also very popular. There are plenty of car parks (two big ones on the A3052 as you enter town from the east and west) but these fill up quick. There are Park and Ride car parks a little further out. To avoid traffic in high season, walk in on the South West Coast Path.

There's a long, shingle beach in addition to one of the few sandy beaches along the Jurassic Coast. Just around the corner, to the east of Lyme Regis, is an area of coastline very popular with fossil hunters. Best to take a hammer! You can also buy fossils in one of many fossil shops in town.

Lyme Regis is, perhaps, most famous for its harbour wall, Lyme Regis The Cobb, which features in both Jane Austen's novel 'Persuasion' and John Fowles's novel 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'. The view from the end of Lyme Regis The Cobb out across the Dorset coast is wonderful.

There's a musuem, aquarium, countless pubs, cafes, restaurants and loads of shops.

This is a destination we can't recommend highly enough.

[This guide is being updated week commencing 11th April 2011].

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Lyme Regis Beach

Located in Lyme Regis, Dorset, South West England, England

Less than a mile away.

Sand and shingle beach stretching out along the promenade at Lyme Regis. One of the few sandy beaches along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. The sandy area of the beach is by Lyme Regis The Cobb. The eastern end of the beac...

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Fairwater Head Hotel, Hawkchurch
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Approximately 4.9 miles away.

Total Rooms: 16; Rates: 53 - 120 Per Night

Nestled in 2 acres of beautifully kept gardens, this charming country house hotel is a place of comfort, good food, peace and tranquillity...

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Approximately 5.1 miles away.

Rates: 432 - 866 Per Week

The little country lane beside this delightful thatched cottage ends at the sea just ½ mile away where visitors will find a friendly beachside pub and small shop. One of a pair and refurbished to high standards it e...

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Eype's Mouth Country Hotel, Bridport
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Approximately 6.8 miles away.

Total Rooms: 18; Rates: 55 - 108 Per Night

Set in the small Dorset village of Eype, Eype's Mouth Country Hotel is a family run 18 bedroom hotel with superb sea views The hotel occupies a unique position on the Heritage Coastline Highly recommended by the River Co...

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