We highly recommend a day trip to Lyme Regis whilst staying at our campsite near Charmouth. This highlight of the Jurassic Coast is a perfect example of a traditional Dorset fishing town with its winding streets and picturesque old buildings. The town’s harbour wall (‘The Cobb’), is world famous and has been used as a backdrop in several movies, including the Oscar-winning 1981 adaptation of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, starring Meryl Streep.
Lyme Regis Beach
Lyme Regis has a beautiful beach that is hugely popular amongst families visiting the local area. This shingle beach is located in the heart of the town and stretches out for almost a mile. Lyme Regis Beach boasts a variety of fun-filled activities that the whole family will enjoy, including swimming, sunbathing and watersports hire. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months, however, please watch your children whenever they enter the water.
There a plenty of facilities either along, or nearby Lyme Regis beach, including toilets, showers and a wide range of shops and cafes. It's worth noting that the beach can get busy in peak season and so it's a wise idea to arrive early to secure a good spot.
Lyme Regis is an absolute must-visit for those who love fossils, crystals and palaeontology! The streets are lined with fossil-themed treasures as seen in the wide variety of fossil shops on every street corner - even the street lights are shaped like ammonites! Many fossil hunting enthusiasts come to the town to follow in the footsteps of Mary Anning, who lived in Lyme Regis in the 19th century and gained fame as the founder of the discipline of palaeontology.
Restaurants and Cafes
Lyme Regis is home to many renowned cafes and restaurants, so you're certain to find something to satisfy your tastebuds whilst visiting the town. As there are so many incredible restaurants and cafes in Lyme Regis, we couldn't possibly list them all! So, we have compiled a few of our top cafe and restaurant recommendations below:
The Whole Hog - The Whole Hog is a fantastic restaurant and cafe to visit for a spot of lunch whilst visiting Lyme Regis. The Whole Hog serves incredible street food such as burgers, doughnuts and award-winning coffee all from their self-proclaimed 'whole in the wall'. The Whole Hog caters to a wide variety of dietary requirements and tastes as they serve pork, jackfruit and various vegan options.
Robin Wylde - If you are inspired by the coastal landscape and feel like treating yourself, we highly recommend visiting Robin Wylde which is a Michelin-star-rated restaurant. Serving the freshest food paired with impeccable wine pairings, this restaurant is truly a treat for the senses. The menu changes depending on the season, however, you are always guaranteed a delight for your tastebuds in an intimate atmosphere at Robin Wylde.
Lyme Regis is full of a wide range of both independent and chain shops, which offer everything from locally made crafts, clothing, artwork and food. If you're looking for the best places to shop in Lyme Regis, we highly recommend visiting:
Broad Street: Broad Street is regarded as being the main shopping street in Lyme Regis. Here you will find a wide range of locally owned and quirky independent shops.
The Town Mill: This once-historic watermill is now an artisan hotspot, filled with a selection of artistic stalls and shops selling a variety of wares such as locally made pottery, jewellery and other unique gifts which make perfect souvenirs.
Lyme Regis Market: The Lyme Regis Market is a fantastic outdoor market which takes place each second Saturday of the month. The market offers a wide variety of different stalls and products, including freshly baked goods, street food, locally brewed drinks and handmade crafts.
Lyme Regis Webcam
If you want to find out what the weather’s like in Lyme Regis or just see what’s going on in the town right now, you can check out the Lyme Regis webcam, and see a live view of the seafront - Lyme Regis Webcam