Lyme Regis Museum is, naturally, the best place to go to learn about the local area and its history, with extensive collections of maritime and domestic objects, as well as paintings, prints and photographs. Don’t miss the geological galleries, with displays featuring the fascinating fossils for which this part of the coast is famous. The museum also runs regular guided ‘fossil walks’, on which you can collect your own fossils and learn about the history and geology of the Jurassic Coast.
Lyme Regis Museum is open Monday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.
2. The Cobb
Essential to any visit to Lyme Regis is a walk along the iconic ‘Cobb’ (no-one is quite sure where the name came from…). The Cobb is an old stone pier which curves out into the sea to form Lyme Regis’ harbour, believed to date from as early as the time of Edward I in the 13th century. Its two-tiered walls – one higher and one lower – are the perfect promenade for a meandering evening stroll.
Within sight of the sea, on Broad Street, you’ll find the ‘Sanctuary Bookshop’ – a cosy, independent, second-hand bookshop, with ten rooms of books over four floors. Well-stocked with a range of paperback literature, you’re sure to find some good holiday reading. You might choose, for instance, to pick up a copy of John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, which is set in Lyme Regis; all the more apt if you’re staying at Belmont, which is where Fowles was living when he wrote the book.
No seaside holiday is complete without a bit of seafood. Perched on a hillside above the town, Hix Oyster & Fish House boasts an impressive view of the harbour below, both from inside and from the terrace. Large floor-to-ceiling windows are combined tastefully with a simple wood décor, making for a beautifully light dining space. HIX serves a daily-changing menu of fresh seafood, as well as a vegetarian menu of locally-foraged produce – ideal for a maritime lunch!
Here at Landmark we appreciate good interior design, and therefore recommend that you pay a visit to the Ryder & Hope store on Broad Street – “unconventional stockists sourcing beautiful home-wares and products chosen because of their design, heritage and usefulness”, in their own words. Even if you you’re not looking to buy anything, it’s a great place to draw some creative inspiration.