Things to Do in Lyme Regis, ‘The Pearl of Dorset’

Lyme Regis, famous for its gorgeous beaches and its iconic blue clay cliffs that hold the secrets of the Jurassic coast – a mecca for amateur fossil hunters.


If you’re planning a visit to Dorset’s most westerly seaside town, here are a few ideas to help fill your days…

Fossil Walks & Museum Tour…

Learn about the fascinating history behind this world-famous stretch of coastline and enjoy the fossil displays in the town’s museum before heading out for a guided fossil walk. Follow in the footsteps of one of Lyme’s most famous citizens, Mary Anning, who discovered England’s first complete ichthyosaur when she was just twelve years old!

Glorious Beach Days

Lyme Regis is blessed with four lovely beaches to explore and enjoy, all of them ideal for fun-filled family days out. Town Beach is a pebble beach with a sandy section at the Cobb end. Manned by the RNLI, it’s perfect for a swim or a paddle. Monmouth Beach, named after the Duke of Monmouth, lies southwest from the Cobb wall and is lined by chalets and beach huts. It’s famous for its limestone layers and is often referred to as the “ammonite graveyard”. The quieter Church Cliff Beach is a sandy stretch with rocky outcrops ideal for any rock-poolers, so don’t forget your buckets and nets. The beach is submerged at high tide and is also fed by the River Lym, so walkers can expect a bit of a paddle! Follow the Church Cliff Walk to East Cliff Beach; surrounded by dramatic cliffs known as ‘the Spittles’ (part of the largest landslip in Europe). Here, you’ll find plenty of benches inviting you to stop and enjoy the sweeping views across Lyme Bay.


“Dogs are allowed on East Cliff Beach, Church Cliff Beach and Monmouth Beach all year round. Dogs are only allowed on Town Beach from November to March inclusive but must be kept on the lead at all times.”

Picking up the Seaton-to-Seatown Coastal Path

If you’re in the mood for fresh sea air and exercise, a walk along the Jurassic Coast could be just the ticket. The South West Coast Path runs easterly along the Monarch’s Way from Lyme Regis along the cliff tops and over the magnificent Golden Cap before winding its way to Seatown.

Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium

Lobster, mullet, starfish, ballan wrasse, short-spined sea-scorpians, hermit crabs, sea mice, get up close and personal with all of these wonderful sea creatures and much, much more when you visit the town’s maritime aquarium. A great find for a rainy day!

Explore the 700-Year-Old Watermill

Set on a cobbled courtyard, this wonderful old building has been carefully restored and is now also a centre for some of Lyme’s most-talented artisans. Expect to find art galleries, a silversmith, a seamstress, a pottery, a stonemason, bakery and deli, café, and also a micro-brewery.

A Visit to Lister Gardens…

Lyme’s much-loved seafront gardens are a must for anyone with a passion for horticulture, having recently been recognised by The Association of Landscape Industries. With spectacular views of the bay, the gardens are teaming with unique wildlife, from butterflies to bats, and offer a gorgeous woodland walk with plenty of quiet spots. There is also a crazy golf and putting course, and table tennis for anyone feeling restless.


If you’re considering a holiday in Lyme Regis, why not take a look at some of our fabulous holiday cottages on Lyme Bay. Whether you’re planning a family gathering, a friends’ reunion, a couple’s retreat, or a solo escape, we can help find your perfect setting. We’ve also got a long list of dog-friendly properties to choose from, because why should your four-legged chum miss out on all the fun?

The Barn is an attractive, two storey property providing spacious and comfortable holiday accommodation in a beautiful setting. One of three holiday properties in this location, The Barn is set in the grounds of a 17th century former manor house at Monkton Wyld, just north of the A35 on the Dorset/Devon border.

“The owner was lovely and very helpful, everything you could need was on hand and it was really like a home from home” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Lovely cosy and well-equipped barn in a convenient location for Lyme Regis and surrounding areas” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Buckfield Penthouse is a stunning three-bedroom penthouse apartment, only a short walk from the beautiful Lyme Regis town centre and seafront. The Penthouse offers spacious and well-equipped holiday accommodation for couples or larger family groups, with amazing views over the town towards the sea and the Jurassic coastline. This apartment has been finished and furnished to a high standard providing a first-class holiday property for up to seven guests and only a short walk from the seafront.


“Very welcoming. Very enjoyable stay” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Had a wonderful stay with fantastic views from the balconies” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Couples will love this quality one-bedroom holiday property, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One of three holiday properties on this site, The Lodge is located in the grounds of a 17th century former manor house at Monkton Wyld, just north of the A35 on the Dorset/Devon border. The pretty West Dorset seaside town of Lyme Regis is about 3.5 miles to the south and the attractive East Devon market town of Axminster, home to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s popular River Cottage shop and restaurant, is about 4.5 miles to the west.

“Brilliant holiday, lovely place […] will come again” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“This is our second visit and it was as good as the first. The facilities for dogs are excellent and the standard of accommodation lovely, you want for nothing” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐