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Things to Do in Lyme Regis and Charmouth

With a spectacular beach, safe bathing and magnificent scenery, finding something to do on a trip to Lyme Regis is rarely a problem. The Cobb is one of Britain’s best-known harbours and what we see today is almost exactly what was outlined in the earliest known drawing of the wall, dating from 1539. No visit is complete without also taking in the RNLI lifeboat station and shop.

The town itself has an array of independent shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants. Take a while to mull over the exhibitions at the Town Mill; invariably they showcase the work of local professional artists that more than holds its own with work by much better known names.

There’s no escaping the connection to fossils and fossil hunting – not only does Lyme have an annual fossil festival but there are tours, fossil shops and two fascinating museums to explore as well. Lyme Regis is also home to jazz, folk, blues, beer, busking and arts festivals as well as the annual Guitars on the Beach six-string extravaganza and the regatta and carnival week in August.

As well as the stunning beach and cliffs, Charmouth’s Heritage Coast Centre acts as the visitor centre for the Jurassic Coast and identifies fossils found on the shoreline. Its star attraction is Sir David Attenborough’s famous sea dragon, the fossil of a 180 million-year-old ichthyosaur reptile removed from the local cliffs.

Take a little time to browse through our selection of holiday cottages in Lyme Regis and Charmouth. We’re certain you’ll find something just right for a truly fabulous Dorset holiday