Lyme Regis

The promenade at Lyme Regis
The promenade at Lyme Regis. Photo: Mark Simons

The historic seaside town of Lyme Regis nestles in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the point where the rugged West Dorset and East Devon coastlines meet – the heart of the Jurassic Coast. The town and the surrounding area are renowned for their natural beauty, and it has a fascinating history stretching back to the 8th century.

Lyme Regis is also famous as the birthplace of Mary Anning, one of history’s most important fossil collectors and palaeontologists. No trip to Lyme would be complete without fossil hunting, and the Lyme Regis Museum – built on the site of Mary Anning’s birthplace, runs regular fossil hunting walks.

The unspoilt seafront with sheltered south-facing beaches provides a perfect environment in which children can play and adults can relax in the traditional deckchairs that still line the promenade in summer. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy fishing trips and watersports such as sailing and windsurfing.

The famous Cobb wall, dating from the 13th century, provides protection from the harbour and allowed the town to develop as an important port on the south coast. A walk along the Cobb is a must for any visitor, while the town itself is an attractive maze of narrow winding streets that are well worth exploring.

Fossils and stones for sale at the Fossil Festival
Fossils and stones for sale at the Fossil Festival

Getting there

  • The Jurassic Coaster bus service runs through Lyme Regis.
  • The nearest railway station is at Axminster, five miles to the north. A bus service connects Lyme Regis with Axminster.
  • By road, the A3052 runs through Lyme Regis.

Need to know

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is a popular annual event that runs every May Day Bank Holiday weekend. It draws fossil enthusiasts from all over the country and offers a mix of walks, talks, music, theatre, exhibits and lots of hands-on science for all ages.