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The Harbour & Cobb

The harbour for Lyme Regis is called the Cobb, no satisfactory explanation of the name exists. What is certain is that a refuge for shipping is known to have existed here since at least 1313.

 The current shape has probably existed since 1539.

The Cobb gate at the other end of the beach was a centre for bring in goods for many centuries.

Historic trading Harbour

Places of Interest

There are many places to be entertained, museums, fossil shops, the beach, long or short walks and of course eating and drinking.

The Beach  

Besides the large stone beach there is also a lovely sandy beach close to the harbour and Cobb.

Surrounded by a wealth of ice cream parlours, restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops you should find something to meet your budget and taste.

There are fishing boats available for anything from short trips out mackerel fishing or all day trips as well as diving boats for the more adventurous.

One of the claims to fame for the Cobb is that during the making of the 1981 film the French Lieutenants woman it was used for one of the main love scenes between Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.

To find some things to do go and visit our

“places to visit” or “Other links” pages.

We are under 30 miles from the bustling city of Exeter with it’s wonderful Cathedral, recently refurbished shopping centre, places like Crealy adventure Park and many other places to visit during your stay though we are fairly certain Lyme will keep you occupied.

Fossil collecting can be great fun for all the family and very educational, various shops in the high street offer time out with experienced fossil hunters.

Charmouth which is just a short drive away also has excellent fossil yielding cliffs, be careful not to climb on the cliffs, take heed of the signs and the tide times.


The Cobb

View of Lyme Beach taken just near the Marine theatre.

The Harbour Inn with lovely views of the Cobb and harbour.

Hix Oyster and fish house, look down into Lyme bay from the side of the hill.

The High Street, Lyme Regis

Lyme has a wide range of shops from fossils, books, clothing, larger shopping stores, art shops, restaurants and some great fish and chip shops.

At the top of the high street heading West, towards Seaton you will find the entrance to the park and gardens. The gardens are flourishing and also offers crazy golf, table tennis, sometimes music in the bandstand, places to sit and relax looking out over the bay.

Walkers can set off from the top 'Holmbush' car park to Seaton or Sidmouth for a challenging day out.

Click on holmbush above for information on parking in Lyme Regis.

Axminster was and is world famous for it’s carpets, there is still a factory shop supplying carpets on the outskirts of Axminster.

These days the town itself is even more famous for the first “River Cottage” canteen opened by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and previously to that just down the road is his HQ where it all started on the TV. Hugh can still be seen around the town or more likely in a supermarket car park trying to persuade people to only purchase free range chickens and is a well known personality in the area.