Things to Do in Lyme Regis, England

Lyme Regis England - amazing coast

Lyme Regis is nicknamed ‘The Pearl of Dorset” and is the county’s most westerly town, almost on the border with Devon. This is a picturesque and photogenic place, from the colourful cottages to the elegant seafront villas, to the Cobb, the curving harbour wall built in the 13th Century.

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Visit Lyme Regis For Natural History

Lyme Regis is famous for its geology, fossils and paleontology and played an important role in the formation of the earth sciences. The blue lias clay of nearby coastlines contain the fossil remains of many creatures from the Jurassic period. Mary Anning (1799-1847) discovered the first complete ichthyosaur to be found in England – she was just 12 at the time. She, and others who spent time here, have played a pivotal role in shaping our understanding of the earth and its history.

Lyme Regis the Cobb

Visitors to the town can hunt for fossils on Monmouth Beach or along nearby sections of the Jurassic Shore, in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or visit Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, or Lyme Regis Museum, with their fossil displays.

Visit Lyme Regis for Beaches, Sea and Sun

Lyme Regis Beach in May

Lyme Regis’ beaches are naturally pebbly, but the Church Cliff Beach is sandy in places, with extensive rock pools to explore at low tide, while the end of the Town Beach nearest to the historic Cobb has been enhanced with sand imported from France, so it is perfect for bucket and spade vacations with the kids.

Visit Lyme Regis for Wonderful Walks & Hikes

Jurassic Coast in Lyme Regis, England

The town of Lyme Regis is delightful to explore on foot, and walks will also take you from here along the Jurassic coast in either direction, or inland along the River Lym to Uplyme. Head a few miles along the coast from Lyme Regis and you will reach Golden Cap. Golden Gap is a hill, with a sharp cliff that descends into the English Channel on this stretch of the Dorset Coast. The top of these cliffs are the highest point on the whole of the south coast of England.

What is Special out There?

Lyme Regis swans, birds

As you would expect from this high point, the views that reward the climb are spectacular. If you do not have the time or energy to climb to the top them there are plenty of shorter coastal and woodland walks here that you can enjoy instead. Golden Cap gets its distinctive color from a green mineral in the rock that turns a rusty-gold in the sunlight. The cliff line has retreated here over thousands of ears and on a still, clear day, boulder arcs can be seen stretching out under the water – the remnants of old landslides.

These are just some of the reasons to consider a visit to this charming Dorset town. So why not consider a stay here for your next vacation. Let me know, if you have any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to get to Lyme Regis from London?

If you doubt about renting a car, the best way to get there is by train. Check out the route on google maps:

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