Lyme Regis Town in Dorset
Lyme Regis is a coastal town in West Dorset, situated 25 miles west of Dorchester and 25 miles east of Exeter. The town lies in Lyme Bay, on the English Channel coast at the Dorset-Devon border. It is nicknamed The Pearl of Dorset.
The town is noted for the fossils found in the cliffs and beaches, which are part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The harbour wall at Lyme Regis, known as The Cobb, features in Jane Austens novel Persuasion, and in the film and novel, The French Lieutenants Woman, by local writer John Fowles.
The current population of Lyme Regis is approximately 4,500, some 45% of whom are retired.
Lyme is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. In the 13th century it developed into one of the major British ports. A Royal Charter was granted by King Edward I in 1284, with the addition of Regis to the name of the town. This charter was confirmed by Elizabeth I in 1591.
In 1644, during the English Civil War, Parliamentarians here withstood an eight week siege by Royalist forces under Prince Maurice. It was at Lyme Regis that the Duke of Monmouth landed at the start of the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.
In 1965, Lyme Regis railway station was closed, as part of the Beeching Axe.
The nearest source of local information is available from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre.
Dining out near Lyme Regis
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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