{"LocationDetails":{"Id":119,"Name":"Bridport \u0026 Lyme Regis","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur Guide to holiday cottages in Bridport \u0026amp; Lyme Regis\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eWest 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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Bridport and Lyme Regis\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eA 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\u0026rsquo;s also many picturesque views to capture on your phone or camera. While this isn\u0026rsquo;t the best spot for sunbathing, it\u0026rsquo;s perfect for a relaxing stroll or searching for fossils. You never know what piece of history you might discover here.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eTown 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\u0026rsquo;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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;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. \u0026nbsp;The professional River Cottage team are on hand to guide you through every step of the way. You won\u0026rsquo;t want to miss the opportunity to learn in an exceptional environment.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBridport and Lyme Regis\u003c/strong\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eAttractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eBridport and Lyme Regis have plenty of attractions for all the family to enjoy. From museums and beaches to walking paths, you\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;ll get to see all the places connected to her work. You\u0026rsquo;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.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDinosaurs are a world away from Jane Austen but it\u0026rsquo;s another attraction that\u0026rsquo;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\u0026rsquo;ll be able to see dinosaur eggs, fangs and ammonites. There\u0026rsquo;s also the Time Gallery to visit which explores the history of the Earth.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"bridport-lyme-regis","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364566829.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Harry Tates","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThis impressive Spanish tapas bar is located right beside the famous Lyme Regis Cobb, so it\u0026rsquo;s no wonder it\u0026rsquo;s a favourite with the reviewers. This light and airy tapas restaurant is just the place if you fancy trying something a bit different, and the menu includes all the usual tapas favourites and a few variations to keep things fresh.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe set price tapas menu makes this perfect for a careful budget during a self-catering Lyme Regis holiday, and there\u0026rsquo;s a wide range of choice on the menu. One reviewer says there\u0026rsquo;s \u0026lsquo;something for everyone at any time of day\u0026rsquo; and as the restaurant is set in one of the town\u0026rsquo;s most scenic settings it\u0026rsquo;s a favourite with visitors throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7217,"LocationLongitude":-2.93868,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/08/food3.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/bridport-lyme-regis/harry-tates","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/james.lund/2013/08/food3.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Town Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eLyme Regis has always attracted holidaymakers with its four beautiful beaches, and Town Beach is one of its finest.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTown Beach is home to thousands of pebbles which were specially imported as part of a coastal protection scheme. The scheme cleverly built the beach up to meet road level and it now offers protection to Marine Parade and its grand buildings. The Cobb end of the beach was enhanced with imported sand, so it doesn\u0026rsquo;t get covered when the tide comes in.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is great news for those planning Lyme Regis beach holidays, as there\u0026rsquo;s always a sandy stretch beach to enjoy throughout the day. This section of the beach is well-served by various refreshment kiosks and shop, so you can plan your day knowing that you\u0026rsquo;ll be close to everything you need (and that you won\u0026rsquo;t run out of beach!).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.726,"LocationLongitude":-2.936,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/03/1364662266.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/bridport-lyme-regis/town-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/03/1364662266.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Back Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBack Beach is a popular section of the Lyme Regis coastline for a walk, and you\u0026#39;ll find it in the north west of the town. The beach extends towards Charmouth and the easiest place to access it is from the north of the town\u0026#39;s promenade.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is a pretty beach with the picturesque scenery we all know and love Lyme Regis for, but if you\u0026#39;re going to spend time on it make sure you check the tide times first as there\u0026#39;s a risk of being cut off.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBack Beach\u0026rsquo;s pebbles mean that it\u0026rsquo;s not the best spot for sprawling in the sun, but with so many pebbles to search for fossils you\u0026rsquo;ll have more than enough to entertain you. It\u0026#39;s a popular spot for a family walk or to let the children see if they can find their own piece of Jurassic history.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s worth noting that the cliffs around Back Beach are fairly unstable, so it\u0026rsquo;s best to enjoy them from a little distance rather than directly beneath them.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7256,"LocationLongitude":-2.93024,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/pebbles.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/bridport-lyme-regis/back-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/pebbles.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Church Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou may not recognise this beach by name but if you\u0026rsquo;ve seen the film adaptation of \u0026lsquo;The French Lieutenant\u0026rsquo;s Woman\u0026rsquo; it\u0026rsquo;ll look very familiar. Church Beach in Lyme Regis was one of the locations for the film (which starred Meryl Streep) and it sits in front of the rock armour that shelters the town\u0026rsquo;s promenade.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is mostly sandy and when the tide recedes you\u0026rsquo;ll find dozens of rock pools that make great places for hinting shrimps. The bay connects with the river Lym in this section of the beach so if you fancy a walk on the sands you\u0026rsquo;ll need to do a bit of paddling first! Church Beach welcomes dogs throughout the year.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eOne of a handful of old favourites with those on beach holidays in Lyme Regis, Church Beachis better for shrimp catching with the old bucket and spade than it is for topping up the suntan, so we\u0026rsquo;d recommend it for the explorers amongst you. 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Part of the hugely popular River Cottage project, the cookery school welcomes the novice, curious and accomplished cook and offers a wide variety of courses.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe thought of a cooking lesson can be daunting (even if you\u0026rsquo;re not that bad in the kitchen) but these courses are designed to be simple, hands on and seasonal to help visitors pick up the basics quickly. Courses can last between one and four days, and they\u0026rsquo;re all held in the exciting setting of Britain\u0026rsquo;s most-filmed farmhouse. Feel inspired by the rural location of River Cottage and get back to grips with raw ingredients.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eAll classes are taught by the River Cottage team of culinary experts, and you\u0026rsquo;ll stop for a seasonal lunch to keep you going during your day. There\u0026rsquo;s a real emphasis on hands on learning, so expect to spend a lot of your time actually creating your dish before reflecting on your efforts with the guidance of the team. River Cottage Cookery School is a relaxing way to brush up your talents, and there\u0026rsquo;s a course for every level.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eRiver Cottage rose to fame when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall set up home in a Dorset cottage and began to live off the land. The nation watched as he grew his own produce and rediscovered just how much we can get from our own gardens. These days, River Cottage stands for everything that\u0026rsquo;s natural and celebrates good food in every way, and the cookery school is just one branch of the inspiring project.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size:12px;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003e*Image courtesy of Russell Talbot\u003c/em\u003e\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/span\u003e\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7502,"LocationLongitude":-2.98965,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/05/River Cottage -1-7_credit_Russel_Talbot.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"axminster/bridport-lyme-regis/river-cottage-cookery-school","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/05/River Cottage -1-7_credit_Russel_Talbot.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Monmouth Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eYou can see Monmouth Beach from the famous Lyme Regis Cobb, and it\u0026rsquo;s a mile of shingle and sand well-trodden by hopeful fossil hunters and those walking the Jurassic Coast. The beach is owned by the National Trust, and as the cliffs that back it date back around 199 million years we\u0026rsquo;re pretty sure this must be their oldest site...\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach was named after the Duke of Monmouth who landed on it in 1685 as he tried to steal the crown from King James II. The attempt was unsuccessful and twelve locals were hanged on the beach in the days after his defeat.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMonmouth Beach is dog friendly all year round so those on dog friendly Dorset holidays are often seen strolling up and down looking for fossils while their pets enjoy the shore. There\u0026rsquo;s barely a beach on this stretch of coast that isn\u0026rsquo;t dotted with fascinating fossils, and finds on Monmouth Beach have included ammonites, plant fossils and belemnites.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIn fact, if you time your visit to this beach around the tides you can even walk the ammonite pavement. Some of the ammonites measure more than 50cm in diameter so it\u0026rsquo;s an amazing sight for all ages. Wear shoes with grips when you visit this beach as it can get slippery and it is quite rocky \u0026ndash; but if you\u0026rsquo;re after a days\u0026rsquo; exploring and a walk for your dog then you\u0026rsquo;ll have a great time. Also, be careful of getting too close to the cliffs as there have been rock falls in recent years.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7197,"LocationLongitude":-2.94191,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/fossil.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/bridport-lyme-regis/monmouth-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/fossil.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Cobb Gate Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eLyme Regis\u0026rsquo;s Cobb separates two beaches, Monmouth Beach and Cobb Gate Beach. So, if you wander the length of the Cobb with your pet during a Lyme Regis holiday then you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to step down and carry on the walk along the beach. Look out for fossils as you go as this stretch of the Jurassic Coast has been the scene of some of the world\u0026rsquo;s most important findings \u0026ndash; many of them by Mary Anning who discovered a complete ichthyosaur when she was just 12.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe area\u0026rsquo;s Jurassic discoveries and the beauty of the Cobb that protects the town from the sea make Lyme Regis a romantic resort. The Cobb even appeared in the film \u0026lsquo;The French Lieutenant\u0026rsquo;s Woman\u0026rsquo;, which starred Meryl Streep and was featured in Jane Austen\u0026rsquo;s novel \u0026lsquo;Persuasion\u0026rsquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe original version of the Cobb was destroyed by storms in 1377, and the current version was built in 1820 using Portland stone. Today, it remains a vital defence against the elements and a Dorset landmark, and a walk along it is a great opportunity to enjoy the view of the town from the sea. Come rain or shine, this section of the coastline is always alive with strolling couples, dog walkers and excited children looking for their first fossil \u0026ndash; so make sure you visit Cobb Gate Beach at least once. 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The Lyme Regis Museum\u0026rsquo;s guided walks are amongst the most popular short walks in the county, and with the chance of making a Jurassic discovery we\u0026rsquo;re not surprised.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walks are aimed at adults and children, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be taken up and along the beach to the East of Lyme to get up close to the site of some of the world\u0026rsquo;s most influential fossil finds. Make sure you wear some sturdy shoes as the beach is rocky and you\u0026rsquo;ll need to do some clambering, and it\u0026rsquo;s a good idea to wear a rucksack so that your hands are free to dig!\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walks are informal and friendly, and you\u0026rsquo;ll be guided by the museum\u0026rsquo;s very own geologist Paddy Howe and marine biologist Chris Andrew. They ensure that there are never more than 15 walkers to one guide, so you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to ask them anything you like as you go. It doesn\u0026rsquo;t matter whether you\u0026rsquo;re a fossil fanatic or you\u0026rsquo;re just curious to see what you might find, the excitement of looking for something on the shore 150 million years after it was formed will soon have you and your family in its grip.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to brush up know knowledge of the Jurassic Coastline and its significance after your walk you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to gain free entry to the museum with your ticket. Happy hunting.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7336,"LocationLongitude":-2.90191,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/fossil-leaf.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cricket-st-thomas/bridport-lyme-regis/guided-fossil-walks","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/fossil-leaf.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Jane Austen Walk","Body":"\u003cp\u003eLyme Regis made itself a particularly talented fan in the form of Jane Austen when she visited it twice for a break beside the sea, and she set even her novel \u0026lsquo;Persuasion\u0026rsquo; in the town. Today, the resort draws Austen enthusiasts from all over the world, and the Jane Austen walk operated by Literary Lyme Walking Tours is the best way to get to know the area and make sure you see all the places connected to Austen and her work.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eYou\u0026rsquo;ll follow the footsteps of one of the world\u0026rsquo;s most talented novelists and her characters, passing the relevant inns, the harbour wall and the house in which she stayed. You\u0026rsquo;ll even be walked along the famous Cobb to see the steps from which Louisa Musgrove fell in \u0026lsquo;Persuasion\u0026rsquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to see more of Jane Austen\u0026rsquo;s Lyme Regis you can book the extended tour, which takes in locations slightly further afield such as Charmouth and Pinny.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe walks run throughout the year, and they start from the metal anchor in Broad Street. We\u0026rsquo;d recommend booking in advance to make sure there\u0026rsquo;s space for you on your chosen tour. Tours tend to go ahead regardless of the weather, and all ages are welcome.\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7265,"LocationLongitude":-2.93704,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/feather.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"cricket-st-thomas/bridport-lyme-regis/the-jane-austen-walk","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/feather.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Burton Hive Beach Car Park Walk","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIf you want to experience a leisurely section of the South West Coast path during your Dorset holiday then this 1.9 mile walk around the village of Burton Bradstock is perfect. The circular walk is a great one if you\u0026rsquo;re taking your dog with you too as it takes walkers past dog friendly beaches and one or two pubs.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eEast Beach welcomes dogs throughout the summer season, and you can use this walk to explore the concealed beaches of Hive Beach and Cogden Beach \u0026ndash; two hidden little coves that look all the prettier for being lesser known.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLyme Bay sits at the heart of the Jurassic Coastline, so as you look over to the cliffs try to imagine how they looked more than 184 million years ago (just to make this walk even more awe inspiring). If you look closely you\u0026rsquo;ll even be able to see the Cobb jutting out from the mainland, the town\u0026rsquo;s infamous harbour defence.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eEnjoy this unchallenging walk along the cliff tops and admire the sight of Lyme Bay in the distance. Before you know it the path will take you down into one of the county\u0026rsquo;s most historic villages for a true glimpse of life in Dorset.\u0026nbsp; Burton Bradstock is picture postcard pretty, and its thatched cottages and friendly residents make it a lovely reminder of how Dorset was in days gone by.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6973,"LocationLongitude":-2.72223,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/iStock_000003907183Large-edit.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/weymouth-portland/burton-hive-beach-car-park-walk","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/iStock_000003907183Large-edit.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Surfing in Lyme Bay","Body":"\u003cp\u003eOk so the surf to be found in Lyme Bay won\u0026rsquo;t have any surfers upping sticks and moving to be closer to this area, but if you\u0026rsquo;re there on the right day then not only can it be great fun but you\u0026rsquo;ll also have the waves to yourself. The waves in this area can best be described as wonderfully inconsistent, and if you do pick the right day to surf here you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to choose a beach that breaks right and left, as well as some reefs if you do a little searching.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eJust to the north of Lyme Bay you\u0026rsquo;ll find another spot with occasional surf which is Ringstead Bay. Again, if you pick the right day the surf here can be fantastic, and it\u0026rsquo;s been known to offer a long right hander that breaks over a shallow reef and can hold up to eight foot.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you can, head to Kimmeridge near Ringstead Bay as this area can be split into three different sections. The safest area is the bay but be careful not to drift too close to the rocks. You\u0026rsquo;ll find larger waves at Broad Bench and the Ledges, although the surf here isn\u0026rsquo;t cleaner.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Ledges are found to the left, the bay in the centre and Broad Bench to the right at Kimmeridge. If you head to the Ledges or Broad Bench you must be able to roll as there\u0026rsquo;s a danger of being taken by the rips for those that can\u0026rsquo;t.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7229,"LocationLongitude":-2.93715,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/20080402_0030.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/bridport-lyme-regis/surfing-in-lyme-bay","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/20080402_0030.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dinosaurland Fossil Museum","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe first dinosaur fossil discovery in Lyme Regis happened all the way back in 1811, and the area continues to lure enthusiasts with its fossil-littered coastline. \u003ca href=\"http://www.dinosaurland.co.uk/\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Dinosaurland Fossil Museum\"\u003eDinosaurland Fossil Museum\u003c/a\u003e is THE Lyme Regis attraction for those who don\u0026rsquo;t manage to find their own, as it\u0026rsquo;s packed with over 8000 specimens.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDinosaurland Fossil Museum is home to the South West\u0026rsquo;s biggest collection of fossils, and many of them were found on Dorset\u0026rsquo;s Jurassic coastline by its leading palaeontologist owner Steve Davies. This is as close as you\u0026rsquo;re ever going to get to real dinosaurs, and the exhibits include dinosaur eggs, ammonites and even dinosaur dung. Most of the fossils were excavated by Steve himself, and it\u0026rsquo;s great to see his findings displayed for the public with such thought.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum is housed in the very building that saw Mary Anning baptised in 1799, and as she discovered the world\u0026rsquo;s only Ichthyosaur nearby it\u0026rsquo;s the perfect setting for this collection. The Time Gallery has been carefully designed to give visitors an idea of the Earth\u0026rsquo;s history, and the sight of the Earth timeline running up a flight of stairs illustrates just how insignificant humans are in the scheme of things.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eScenes throughout the gallery show adults and younger visitors how the world has changed over time, which helps put the many fossils into perspective during a visit. 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Imagine her elation when she returned to this very site after discovering her latest dinosaur fossil on one of the nearby beaches.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe museum includes exhibitions on the many fossils that have been discovered on this stretch of coastline and the way they changed history, Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most famous fan Jane Austen, the role of the sea and the Cobb in Lyme Regis life and much more. This museum is a great place to start a holiday in Lyme Regis as it details the town\u0026rsquo;s history, achievements and famous residents through engaging displays that are interesting for all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are regular fossil walks from the museum too, so if you fancy trying to find your very own 200 million year old piece of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s history then the guys will show you where to look. 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Open to the public every day of the year, the gardens include the Kitchen Garden, the Ponds, the Blacksmith\u0026rsquo;s Hill, the Mount and many more \u0026ndash; and the nicest part is that each one has its own character. The gardens cover 30 acres, and as different owners have left their stamp on them they have a sense of an historic project that still continues today.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Kitchen Garden is especially popular, as it produces all of the fruit, flowers and vegetables that are served up in the tearoom, so you may well taste a little of it during your visit. In the Mermaid Pond you\u0026rsquo;ll find England\u0026rsquo;s highest powered Centenary Fountain, which looms above the water at 160feet. You can see the fountain for miles, so it\u0026rsquo;s easy to find from the main house. As long as the weather\u0026rsquo;s kind the fountain turns on three times a day, so chances are you\u0026rsquo;ll see it in all its glory during your visit to the gardens.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s an enticing perk to visiting the gardens during the summer, the Fruit Farm welcomes those who want to pick their own fruit. 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