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Lyme Regis

About Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis, lovingly known as the Pearl of Dorset, is a jewel on the South West coastline. Set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the town has a wealth of natural appeal.

The picture perfect seaside town is a favourite destination for holidaymakers visiting the Jurassic Coast, and is classified as a World Heritage Site due to the important dinosaur discoveries made there and the history hidden deep within the area’s spectacular cliffs and sea stacks.

Perhaps the town’s most famous resident, Mary Anning is widely considered to be the greatest fossil hunter of all time. Her finds helped Victorian England consider the concept of evolution, and as a young, working-class woman, she defied the age by making important scientific advancements which paved the foundations for geology as a new discipline. Her former house is now the site for the Lyme Regis Museum where visitors can learn more about Mary’s work and follow in her footsteps on a series of walking tours.

For nature lovers, The Undercliff is well worth a visit. Caused by a series of landslips out to sea, it is home to one of the country’s first National Nature Reserves and a walk here will typically enable you to spot over 40 species of birds.

Charming narrow streets, brilliant beaches and the 13th century Cobb wall harbour await visitors, attracting literary acclaim from the likes of Jane Austen to John Fowles and continuing to win the hearts of holidaymakers.

In the words of Austen: “A very strange stranger it must be, who does not see charms in the immediate environs of Lyme, to make him wish to know it better.”

Inspire: Lyme Regis Holiday Articles

Exploring Dorset - Day 1

We choose the delights of West Dorset for our minibreak, in an area stretching from Lyme Regis to Weymouth and Portland.

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Exploring Dorset - Day 2

On our second day in West Dorset, we set out to visit some of the region’s many fun-filled family attractions.

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Best Beaches

As England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast ranks among the globe’s top natural wonders, with the likes of the Galapagos Islands and Victoria Falls for company. Spanning 95 miles, there is plenty for holidaymakers to explore, and a surprising diversity amongst its many beautiful beaches.

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Cultural Coast

From breath-taking storm beaches to idyllic fields and traditional villages, Dorset’s dramatic scenery covers a spectrum of characters and moods. As the birthplace or holiday location of some of the UK’s most highly regarded authors, it is no wonder that the region has been cited as the inspiration behind an array of literary settings.

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On The Trail

Boasting more than 4,700 well-signed and waymarked footpaths, bridleways and byways, there’s every reason to discover Dorset on foot.

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