You’ll find the Lyme Regis Museum right on the border between Devon and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and it stands on the same spot as the home in which Mary Anning (Dorset’s infamous fossil hunter) lived. Imagine her elation when she returned to this very site after discovering her latest dinosaur fossil on one of the nearby beaches.
The museum includes exhibitions on the many fossils that have been discovered on this stretch of coastline and the way they changed history, Dorset’s most famous fan Jane Austen, the role of the sea and the Cobb in Lyme Regis life and much more. This museum is a great place to start a holiday in Lyme Regis as it details the town’s history, achievements and famous residents through engaging displays that are interesting for all ages.
There are regular fossil walks from the museum too, so if you fancy trying to find your very own 200 million year old piece of Dorset’s history then the guys will show you where to look. New fossils are discovered on the beaches every week, so just bring shoes with grips for all the rock clambering and lots of enthusiasm.