What to do in Charmouth with things to do in Lyme Regis and on the Jurassic Coast
Displays, marine tanks and film shows which help you discover more about the coastline and the fossils that can be found here. Guided Fossil Walks at weekends and in school holidays (tides permitting).
Regular fossil walks (tides permitting). Updated and extended museum for 2017 showing Lyme's history, the geology, the fossils, and the artists and writers from J M Whistler to Jane Austen and John Fowles.
Make the most of your visit to the Jurassic Coast with a guided walk or tour with your own personal guide. Whether you want to tackle the spectacular coastal walks, or visit the locations used in film and television series such as Broadchurch, a bespoke itinery can be arranged just for you!
A number of circular walks in the Lyme Regis and Charmouth area
Guided walking tours of Lyme Regis & the Jurassic Coast. Follow the footsteps of authors who chose to visit & live here. Tours include Jane Austen, Mary Anning, French Lieutenant's Woman, Broadchurch and many more.
Two local National Trust car parks provide perfect start points for spectacular circular coastal walks. Both Stonebarrow Hill, and Langdon Hill provide access to Golden Cap, the highest point on the South Coast, or gentle walks with views out to sea.
The following links show the easier walks. Maps are available to purchase from Hensleigh House which can be used for longer or more challenging walks.
East Devon's secret 13 acre garden has colour throughout the year.
12th century abbey and 30 acres of beautiful award winning gardens which include England's tallest powered fountain
The valley gardens at Mapperton reflect at least three periods of history including the croquet lawn, the Italianate garden and the wild garden with its wonderful specimen shrubs and trees.
A magnificent 30 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world.
Set in 40 acres of glorious 'Capability' Brown landscaped gardens and grounds around his 50 acre lake, the Castle contains a splendid collection of art, furniture and porcelain.
Home of the Churchill and Digby families since 1620, the Minterne Valley was landscaped in the manner of Capability Brown in the 18th Century.
One of the largest and most complex Iron Age hillforts in Europe - the size of 50 football pitches. The site is managed by English Heritage and admission is free.
This cottage, where Thomas Hardy was born in 1840, was built of cob and thatch and has been little altered since the family left.
Spectacular 15th century manor house and grounds 5 miles east of the Dorset town of Dorchester.
An oasis for art lovers and collectors alike, works of art free from the constraints of enclosed spaces of a traditional gallery.
The sanctuary at Sidmouth has 500 donkeys and mules waiting to meet you in the yards and fields. Admission is free, although you are encouraged to make a charitable donation towards the work of the charity.
Take a guided tour at this man-made complex of underground caverns, created by quarrying Beer Stonewhich is used in 24 cathedrals including St. Pauls, and for the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.
Real steam locomotives will take you on a mile-long ride through the beautiful gardens, with superbly crafted model railway layouts in many scales and gauges.
Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton, travelling for 3 miles through unspoilt countryside alongside the River Axe estuary.
Over 300 animals at Ferne Animal Sanctuary ranging from sheep and cats to chickens and chinchillas. The Sanctuary provides refuge for domestic and farm animals.
A quaint, quirky wildlife park near the Devon/Dorset border. Animals such as Meerkats, Zebra, Lemurs can be seen here. Personal and friendly.
The Flamingo pool is a public community 25m swimming pool for the benefit of the residents and visitors of Axe Valley offering the best aquatic activities in a safe & enjoyable environment.
Harry May's name is synonymous with Lyme Regis mackerel fishing and Lyme Regis deep sea fishing trips.
Although compact in size, you'll find a variety of fish and marine life on display including Lobster, Mullet, Starfish, Ballan Wrasse, Short Spined Sea-Scorpion, Hermit Crabs and Sea Mouse.
Whoopsadiasy pottery painting and decopatch fun for all the family. Great for rainy days.
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum contains a spectacular collection of the local Jurassic marine fossils.
Nestling around a cobbled courtyard, the restored mill buildings house a working flour mill, as well as art galleries, with a cafe, a silversmith, a seamstress, a pottery a micro-brewery.
Located in a disused road tunnel, The Tunnel offers a unique shooting opportunity for all ages and abilitiesS. hooting Experience Packages are available for beginners, and those with experience.
Take a cruise along Dorset's stunning Jurassic Coast or a blast along the coast at speeds of up to 50mph.
West Bay is the home to the coastal scenes from the hit ITV television programme Broadchurch. Come and see where the programme was filmed, bring your camera and recreate your favourite scenes.
Palmers Brewery, the only thatched brewery in the UK, welcomes visitors from Easter to the end of October.
A small museum but with a variety of local exhibits, including the story of rope making in Bridport - once the town's main trade.
Freshwater holiday park has full size 10 pin bowling lanes and three swimming pools which are open to non-residents outside the main school summer holidays.
A bit further away, but worth a stop on the way to or from Charmouth. The Museum comprises four large halls telling the stories of naval aviation from the first manned kites towed behind naval vessels, to helium filled airships, seaplanes, bi-planes and the carrier borne aircraft of WW2 and modern Sea Harriers and helicopters.
The world's only managed colony of nesting Mute Swans and the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of the colony.
Worth a day out if it's raining, or a good stop off on the way home. From the original creators of the famous workshop manuals, the UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world.
Located at the entrance to Weymouth Harbour the Fort is a labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast.
Dorchester has a vast array of museums to amuse, entertain and educate all the family. These include: