Lyme Regis is a beautiful seaside village located in Dorset. Situated in the West Country of England, Lyme Regis is considered to be one of the remaining unspoiled resorts on the seaside. Visitors will find it on Cobb harbour, well known around the world. This historic resort offers gorgeous coastlines as well as countryside to explore. Recently, Lyme Regis also received the prestigious World Heritage Site status. It is also well known for numerous fossil as well as geology finds in the local area. When visiting Lyme Regis, do be sure to visit The Cobb, the harbour wall which was featured in Jane Austen novels.
Lyme Regis is a coastal town and is known as "The Pearl of Dorset". With a population of less than 5,000 this little town nevertheless manages to attract plenty of tourists and visitors each and every year, and it is thanks to its close proximity to the coast that so many tourists arrive. Whilst the town maybe dubbed after a precious jewel, the real stones of value that this town is famed for its fossils. That's right, fossils!
The town is also notorious for its severe landslips, which is whereby the edges of cliffs break away and crumble, and whilst this poses a strong danger and risk to public safety, it has also meant that many Jurassic (and even older) fossils have been unearthed as a result. The fossils are usually found in prime condition, and there has been many instances whereby previously unknown species of dinosaurs have been discovered following a landslip. In fact, in 1966, it was in the town of Lyme Regis that the fossil of the world's largest moth was uncovered!
The town features two museums which are specifically devoted to the unique geological composition of the town and also features many of the fossils which have been discovered thus far, The Philpot Museum which also contains other historical relics and trinkets as well. The whole history of the town, from the smugglers who resided here, to the influence that the maritime industry has had on the prosperity of the town are also chartered within the museum.