Port of Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis is a traditional seaside town full of atmosphere on the county border with Devon. The narrow maze of streets and shops wind their way down to the ancient Cobb harbour with its spectacular sea views and safe, sandy beach. This is the heart of the Jurassic Coast and the beaches between Lyme Regis and neighbouring Charmouth are world famous for fossil hunting.
The old town, dating back to the 14th century, is an ideal place to walk and explore the local shops, art galleries, newly replanted gardens with myriad places to stop to eat and drink.
Built around the River Lym, Lyme has its own working Water Mill, recently refurbished to include an electricity generator.
Marine Parade is a great place to walk, sit, enjoy the views and visit its small shops and eating places. The town and surrounding area have many attractions and host a range of events, including a Jazz Festival, a Fossil Festival, Life Boat Week and a Regatta & Carnival Week (early August).
The harbour, known as the Cobb, is one of the town's most significant landmarks. Built in the thirteenth-century the Cobb was the landing place of the Duke of Monmouth during the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.
Lyme Regis has featured in a number of literary works, including Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' and 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' by local author John Fowles. Both novels have been adapted on location for film and television.
The Jurassic Coast
The cliffs around Lyme Regis house fossils dating back to the Jurassic period. Local scientist and fossil hunter Mary Anning found the world's first ichthyosaur here in the 19th century.
The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site stretches 95 miles (155km) from Swanage in the East to Exmouth in the West. It tells the story of 185 million years of the Earth's history. The site's unique value creates a walk through time that includes the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The varied geology also provides a spectacular laboratory of coastal change, and supports rare and important plants and animals.
The cliffs around Lyme Regis constantly crumble and slip into the sea, revealing fossils from the ancient Jurassic past of 180 million years ago.
The Jurassic Coast Trust is a membership organisation providing funding support for education and conservation projects along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The Trust provides advice and works with the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team and partners to establish the site's needs. To find out more about them visit www.jurassiccoasttrust.org
The spectacular Jurassic Coast in Dorset and East Devon is England's first natural World Heritage Site. This unique stretch of coastline has joined the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world.
The site was granted its status for its outstanding geology, which represents 185 million years of earth history in just 95 miles, covering from Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks at Studland Bay on the Dorset coast. It displays not just superb Jurassic, but older Triassic and younger Cretaceous rocks too.
Lyme Regis Philpot Museum
Lyme Regis Philpot Museum stands in the heart of the town, just where the coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet. The building has great idiosyncratic charm. Built in 1900-01 by Thomas Philpot it was badly dilapidated by 1991 and a major scheme of reconstruction and extension followed. From the beginning, the Museum has been run almost entirely by volunteers and is now a fully independent museum, registered with the Museums and Galleries Commission.
Lyme’s lively local history is well represented in the museum by maritime and domestic objects and illustrated by paintings, prints and photographs. The area is noted for its fossils, displayed in the geological galleries and the town's literary connections, from Jane Austen to John Fowles, are illustrated in the Writers Gallery.