The Lyme Regis Museum is always a very good starting point to put things in context when visiting the town and there are numerous historical celebrities associated with it. These include The Duke of Monmouth (the illegitimate son of Charles the Second and who led the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685), the novelist Jane Austen and of course, Mary Anning, the pioneer palaeontologist.
Did you know that John Fowles’s novel ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ was set in Lyme Regis? didn’t until I read about it in the museum!
Ask at the museum about their hugely popular fossil walks.
Further information can be found here
Yes, as this is the Jurassic Coast, fossils are everywhere!
Other than the numerous fossil shops, another great place to visit is the Dinosaurland Fossil Museum.
And there is also a very different kind of rock shop – Lyme Rocks – for rock candy 😊
Other things to do:
- Stroll through Langmoor and Lister Gardens and view the sculptures
- Have a round of crazy golf with a view – overlooking the beach and the Cobb.
- Walk to and along the Cobb (Harbour) and the seafront.
- Visit the Aquarium located on the pier at the Cobb
- There is always the beach!
- Try some Dorset apple cake
- …or Dorset ice cream
- …or a Dorset cream tea
- ….or all 3!
A lovely town to visit on the Dorset south coast, although when I visit again, I would avoid the summer holiday season. It was just too hectic. Lyme Regis has a very small town centre with narrow pedestrian areas and it just felt like it was bursting too much at its seams.
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All images used are personal photographs taken during the visit to the Jurassic Coast in August 2021.
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