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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.


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


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. All day dining right on the edge of the beach at The Pilot Boat and foraged and wild imaginative set menu at Robin Wylde. 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).


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.


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.


£399,568 over the past year. Detached, £556,150, semi-detached, £334,579, and flats £205,971. Local estate agents include Fortnam.



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


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


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

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