Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast is a timeless holiday
resort that appeals to all ages - great family beaches, fossil hunting,
stunning coast scenery and a picturesque harbour.
Lyme Regis is a "quaint" little harbour on the
Dorset-Devon border famous for "The Cobb", a delightful
13th century working harbour.
The Panoramic views from the end of the Cobb, highlight
the beauty of the Jurassic Coast from Charmouth past Stonebarrow
and Golden Cap to West Bay and beyond to Chesil Beach.
Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast are major holiday attractions
and with its breathtaking scenery and stunning coastline, it is clear
to see why Lyme Regis has become known as .
With its wealth of family activities and attractions, from
fishing to walking, pubs, restaurants and local family attractions - Lyme
Regis on the Jurassic coast is the perfect westcountry holiday destination.
There are three main beach areas - the main Town
beach, stretches along the length of the Promenade, from Cobb
Gate at its easterly end to the Harbour.
The Town beach has two distinct profiles. Along
most of its length, the beach is a series of Pebble platforms -established
on top of the original pebble beach, to protect the Promenade and Marine
Parade from the winter storms. At the westerly end, as you approach the
harbour, the beach changes dramatically, levelling out to a typical shelving
beach, that has been enhanced with sand imported from France. This
section of the beach is sheltered by the harbour and does not get covered
at high tide - providing a substantial beach area suitable for families
with children. There are kiosks, takeaways, cafes, restaurants and
public houses bordering this section of the beach.
Monmouth Beach is located to the west of the harbour,
extending a kilometre southwest of the Cobb wall. Monmouth Beach is a
very long sand and pebble beach with rocky outcrops becoming more prominent
as you move west along the coast. This area of the Jurassic coast is very
popular with fossil hunters, but caution is needed due to the unstable
cliffs that edge the beach. Monmoth beach is famous for its large ammonite
The upper areas of Monmouth Beach - adjacent to the harbour,
are used as boat storage. In 1685, the Duke
of Monmouth landed at this beach to claim the throne from his uncle
James II. Monmouth's did gather a significant number of supporters
from the local population. Following the collapse of the uprising, twelve
locals were hanged on the beach - by the notorious "Hanging
The Marine Aquarium - The Harbour - Lyme Regis
You can investigate the local sea life at the charts the towns history while the with its fully restored watermill, exhibitions, art gallery,
craft workshops, cafe-restaurant and walled garden, makes a charming place
. The award winningstands in the heart of the town, just where the
beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet. The building has an idiosyncratic
charm. Built in 1900-01 by Thomas Philpot it was badly dilapidated by
1991, and a major scheme of reconstruction and extension was required,
with new displays throughout. From the beginning, the Museum has been
run entirely by volunteers, a tradition we still cherish today. We are
now a fully independent Museum, registered with the Museums and Galleries
a fossil museum displaying local Jurassic marine fossils where you can
find out about guided fossil hunting walks and join an expert to hunt
for fossils. If you dont manage to find a fossil, you can always buy one
from the fossil shop later!
The history of Lyme Regis stretches back as far as the
8th century, when monks distilled salt water from the sea. The town's
fortunes were changed by the development of what is today, one of Lyme
Regis' most popular attractions -the historic "Cobb"
The Cobb, was of great economic importance during the 13th
century when it not only created a breakwater to protect the town from
storms but also created a large artificial harbour.
Following the construction of the "Cobb", Lyme Regis developed
into one of the major British ports, although small by modern standards,
and in 1588 it sent two ships to battle against the Armada. The Cobb has
been a haven for shipping from the time it was built and is famous for
being the landing place of the Duke
of Monmouth prior to the Pitchfork
at Sedgemoor in 1685. This harbour allowed Lyme Regis to develop into
one of Britain's major ports and ship-building centres between the 13th
and 19th centuries. It was made more famous by the filming of from the book by resident local
author John Fowles.
Lyme Regis was also the seaside residence of Jane Austen.