Our guide to Bridport and Lyme Regis holidays
West Dorset has some of the most unspoilt scenery in Britain. Lyme Regis is a classic seaside town, with a newly-enlarged sandy beach and a famous harbour wall, The Cobb. The beach has been the scene of many significant fossil findings and lucky visitors occasionally make an interesting discovery! Bridport, a quaint market town, is just ten miles from Lyme Regis and continues to charm those on holiday today. Bridport has had a market for over a thousand years, and still houses one each week.
Things to do in Bridport and Lyme Regis
A break in Bridport and Lyme Regis is a welcoming stay in a beautiful part of the UK. Back Beach is a popular section of Lyme Regis, extending towards Charmouth. The stunning pebbled beach is a favourite with many. There’s also many picturesque views to capture on your phone or camera. While this isn’t the best spot for sunbathing, it’s perfect for a relaxing stroll or searching for fossils. You never know what piece of history you might discover here.
Town Beach is another remarkable spot in Lyme Regis. Town Beach also boasts thousands of pebbles and is a beautiful spot for unwinding by the crashing waves. There’s also a sandy stretch of beach to enjoy and lots of kiosks and shops so you can stop and have a quick snack if you need to.
If you’re a fan of River Cottage, you must visit the River Cottage Cookery School. For both new and seasoned chefs, this is your chance to brush up on your cooking skills. The one to four day cooking courses are a great way to learn more about cooking. The professional River Cottage team are on hand to guide you through every step of the way. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn in an exceptional environment.
Bridport and Lyme Regis Attractions
Bridport and Lyme Regis have plenty of attractions for all the family to enjoy. From museums and beaches to walking paths, you’ll find many things to keep you occupied. The Jane Austen Walk is a popular attraction with people of all ages. Jane Austen set her novel Persuasion in Lyme Regis so her work is held in high regard in this area. On the walk, you’ll get to see all the places connected to her work. You’ll see the steps in which the character of Louisa Musgrove fell down as well as seeing the inns and house where Austen stayed. You can even take an extended tour to see other areas that are related to this literary icon. The walk, which is operated by Literary Lyme Walking Tours, is a must for book fans or for those who want to explore the town in further detail.
Dinosaurs are a world away from Jane Austen but it’s another attraction that’ll get you excited. The Dinosaurland Fossil Museum allows you to view many extraordinary dinosaur fossils. The first fossil was found in 1811 and this museum has over 8000 specimens for you to get close to. You’ll be able to see dinosaur eggs, fangs and ammonites. There’s also the Time Gallery to visit which explores the history of the Earth.