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Top places to live in Dorset Lyme Regis

Georgian streets, independent shops and eateries, an ancient harbour (and even more ancient fossils) on offer at this pretty seaside town on the Jurassic Coast. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

WHY?

Because it’s glorious? Georgian streets and old alleyways, loads of independent shops and eateries, an ancient harbour (and even more ancient fossils) are there for the taking in the seaside town on Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast.

EAT

SWIM restaurant and cocktail bar right on the seafront are popular while veggies head for Tierra Kitchen. There are communal benches at the Town Mill Bakery and constantly changing food and events at the Pop-Up Kitchen. Boutique hotel and restaurant Alexandra Hotel is great on the cliff top while River Cottage and The Old Dairy Kitchen are nearby in Axminster (five miles).

SHOP

Aside from shops selling fossils, you mean? Well, there’s contemporary homewares and gifts at Ryder & Hope and good local butchers, fishmongers and an old-fashioned hardware store Fordham’s. There are galleries and artisans at The Town Mill. The town has some chains such as Fat Face.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast is at your disposal and it’s beautiful. For culture, head to Marine Theatre for films, live music and comedy. For all you walkers, you’re in luck: the South West Coast Path, the Wessex Ridgeway, and the Liberty Trail all pass through the town.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£394,940 in 2019. Detached, £567,487, semi-detached, £282,500, and flats £268,708. Local estate agents include Fortnam.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

State secondary The Woodroffe School is ‘Outstanding’. Independent Perrott Hill Prep is about 13 miles north, just outside Crewkerne.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Famous fossil hunter Mary Anning found her first fossil – an ichthyosaurus – here, when she was just 12.

COMMUTE

Five miles to Axminster for a train to London Waterloo from 3 hours 14 mins.

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