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Lyme Regis Town Information

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Lyme Regis Beach - Photo © Paul Allison
Lyme Regis Beach - Photo: Paul Allison CCL

This fascinating harbour town and seaside resort at the mouth of the River Lim on the Dorset-Devon border has many elegant Georgian buildings and was the setting for John Fowles’ famous novel ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’. Its harbour wall, known as ‘The Cobb’, was also featured in the novels by Jane Austen who briefly lived here.

Known as the ‘necklace of Dorset’, Lyme Regis and its sublime cliff-faces form part of the magnificent Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.
The area has been one of Britain’s premier sites for fossils since the early part of the 19th Century thanks to its fragile limestone.

The place was an important port back in the 13th century but today almost half its population is retired. In 1685 the Duke of Monmouth landed here after launching his unfortunate insurrection against James II.

Lyme Regis Harbour - Photo © Paul Allison
Lyme Regis Harbour - Photo: Paul Allison CCL