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The local area guide to living in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a beautiful little town that sits on the coast of Dorset. It boasts a small harbour, many pretty cottages, and a clean sandy beach, and is part of the Jurassic coast - making it a haven for fossil hunters.

During the Victorian times, Lyme Regis was a popular destination for wealthy people from London and large, nearby towns who wanted to ‘take the air’ for both health and recreational reasons. The town features in many notable books, including Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Tracy Chevalier’s Remarkable Creatures. It was also the setting for both the book and the film versions of The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles.

Today, the town remains marvellously unspoilt, with an older population that preserves the slow-paced, sleepy ambience. Lyme Regis is notable for having an impressive history of theatre, literature, and music, as well as many community events and a huge amount of natural beauty.

Information about the local residents

Lyme Regis is a very small town and had a population of just 3,671 residents in the last census, though the daytime population swells dramatically during the summer months due to its popularity as a tourist attraction. Some 21% of the houses in Lyme Regis are second homes, which are only occupied for part of the year. In contrast with many other seaside towns in the UK, Lyme Regis is a prosperous town, and is the home of many retirees who have made their money elsewhere.

Lyme Regis is a very small town and had a population of just 3,671 residents in the last census, though the daytime population swells dramatically during the summer months due to its popularity as a tourist attraction. Some 21% of the houses in Lyme Regis are second homes, which are only occupied for part of the year. In contrast with many other seaside towns in the UK, Lyme Regis is a prosperous town, and is the home of many retirees who have made their money elsewhere.

Nearby schools

Being a very small town, Lyme Regis doesn’t have much to offer in terms of educational options, though it does still manage to support four primary schools. The local secondary school is called The Woodroffe School, which has been described as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The school has 1,000 pupils and a large sixth form of 200, and specialises in maths, computing and visual arts. The area is also close to Exeter, where the very well respected University is located.

Getting around

Lyme Regis is most easily accessible by car, with many routes in from all directions, and is a 40-minute drive from the M5. The town doesn’t have a railway station, though trains regularly run to Axminster, which can be easily reached by bus.

Lyme Regis is within fairly easy reach of Exeter, Bristol, and Birmingham airports, serving destinations in the UK, Europe, and beyond. It is also near the ports of Southampton, Portsmouth, and Weymouth, which run ferries to the Isle of White, the Channel Islands, and France.

The nearest airports are Gatwick and London Luton Airport, offering routes to national, European and international destinations. The town is situated only minutes away from the Luton airport, and this proximity gives ease of travel that few places can rival.

Local shops

Shopping in the town is largely directed towards tourists, with many boutiques and independent craft shops, as well as the usual seaside establishments offering pasties, ice cream, fudge, and postcards. Due to its place on the Jurassic coast it has a large number of fossil shops, as well as a smattering of bookshops and antique stores.

It’s a haven for foodies, with a nice selection of cafes, independent delis, and grocers selling local, organic produce. Lyme Regis is notable in that it is largely free of the presence of the usual large chain stores, though it does have a Boots and a Tesco, as well as three banks and a Post Office.

In terms of entertainment Lyme Regis has a multitude of options. The harbour known as the Cobb attracts visitors from all around, and adds to the rich history of the area. The marine aquarium is also very popular; it is a very cozy aquarium that showcases the local aquatic wildlife.

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