A Day Out in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a traditional seaside town offering a superb family friendly day out.

This article was written on 1 October 2020
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We love Lyme! Located just over the boarder from us in Dorset, Lyme Regis has been a favourite spot with our visitors for a day out for many years. This a great place to take your bucket and spade for a day on the beach. However this more upmarket seaside town is mainly devoid of the kiss me quick hats and other gaudy accessories. We can recommend some other larger coastal resorts if this is your cup of tea!

At the Cobb end of the beach there is fine golden sand. Ideal for families with young children who are keen to build sandcastles and play in the gently sloping shallows. Towards to the eastern end of the bay, the beach turns pebbly which might be better suited to anyone wanting a quieter day out by the sea.

Lyme Regis Beach

 

Above the beach the Marine Parade enables pedestrians to stroll along the wide pavement. There are a number of small souvenir and ice cream shops to entice you into.

Pubs and restaurants in Lyme Regis

You’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing where to book a table in Lyme Regis. There is an array of restaurants, cafes and pubs to suit all sizes of appetites and budgets.

If you’re after good quality pub food and locally produced real ale, The Pilot Boat is hard to beat. Dating back to 1844 but benefiting from a recent extensive refurbishment, this charming inn sits just off the beach. In the bar area it serves casual dishes such as pizza and modern classic. Whilst in the restaurant area you can enjoy Fruit de Mer sharers, locally caught seafood, and vegetarian and vegan options of wild mushroom Maska and goats cheese frittata. All of this can washed down with Palmers real ales which are brewed just down the coast in Bridport.

The Pilot Boat pub in Lyme Regis

One of our other favourite places for a bit to eat is Swim. Located right in front of the beach, its tall glass doors provide epic views looking along east the world famous Jurassic Coastline. Sit and enjoy the scenery whist tucking into one of their scrumptious lunch specials.

 

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Activities

There’s lots of fun activities to keep you occupied in Lyme Regis…

Fishing trips

Head out on one of the many fishing trip boats which operate from the small harbour. There will be a good opportunity for you to catch mackerel, black bream and maybe even a conger eel! If you’re really lucky you might also catch sight of one the friendly dolphins which inhabit these waters.

Fossil fun

This part of the world is famous for its fossils. Wander down the coast to Monmouth beach and go fossil hunting for the day. There are lots of huge and very visible ammonites embedded in the rock and loads of treasures to collect. We recommend buying a guide book before you go and heading there once the tide is right out to give you the best opportunity to spot the best ones. It’s also a much quieter beach than a Lyme so a good place to escape the crowds on a busy day.

Ammonites at Lyme Regis

Ammonites at Lyme Regis. Photo courtesy of Robyn Wood

Mini golf

For a good old fashioned family activity try the 18-hole mini golf in the Lister Gardens. It’s a really popular and affordable attraction for players of all ages. All the equipment is provided and there are stickers and mini prizes for children on completing the course. For the more ambitious players, there is a course record, offering you a good challenge to beat it!

 

Getting to Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is around a 45 minute drive from our campsite in Devon. There are plenty of well signed pay and display car parks. These can fill up quickly during the summer so get there early to grab a good spot!