Beautiful Lyme Regis has just been voted the best seaside town in Dorset and it is easy to see why! Unfortunately it also made number 19 on a list of most sought after locations where city dwellers would like to purchase a second home. This is not great for a thriving community and part of the responsibility to make sure this doesn’t happen is on the locals who are selling their homes in the first place, but enough about that. If you are looking to move to Lyme regis to live full time, here is some info on why it’s such a great place, all year round – not just on holidays and weekends!

Lyme Regis is a historic coastal town, situated 25 miles West of our county town of Dorchester. Lyme is much more than just a beach destination with a lovely golden sandy beach on one side (and a pebbly beach on the other) lovely clear sea and a historic harbour, featuring loads of  interesting attractions including the famous stone ‘Cobb’ – the ancient artificial harbour wall which is home to a wonderful small marine aquarium. There are lots of boats departing from the harbour every day, for anyone wishing to go fishing for mackerel or sight-seeing along the stunning Jurassic Coast, which is also a World Heritage site.

The Cobb has featured prominently in both literature and film – you will find it in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion, and John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman. This was later made into a film (1981) – featuring Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, with many  scenes being shot in Lyme Regis. More recently, the town featured in the film Ammonite (2020) which told the story of its most famous daughter, Mary Anning, played by Kate Winslet.

Mary Anning was a palaeontologist and geologist, born in Lyme Regis in 1799. She collected fossils along the seashore and discovered the first Ichthyosaur (now in the Natural History Museum, London), the first Pterosaur skeleton outside Germany and the first two Plesiosaur skeletons ever found. Her discoveries along with her observations of local geology played a key role in changing the way that we think about the history of the world. As a woman, she was not eligible to join the Geological Society of London and she did not always receive full credit for her scientific discoveries or her contributions to scientific thinking. She was a visionary and without her keen observation, our knowledge and understanding of prehistory and geology would be far less complete. Many of her discoveries can be seen in Lyme Regis museum and the rest can be found in museum collections all around the world. Lyme Regis is still a popular destination for fossil hunters and as the coastal cliffs continue to erode, fresh prehistoric treasures are revealed with each rock fall.

Ready to move to Lyme Regis?

According to Rightmove, the majority of sales in Lyme Regis during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £709,989. Flats sold for an average of £262,500, with semi-detached properties fetching around £355,165.

The overall average property price in Lyme Regis over the last year was £477,869.

Overall, sold property prices in Lyme Regis were up by 14% last year, and 16% up on the 2018 peak of £411,110.

Although Lyme has all the features of a traditional seaside town it has a lot to offer all year round, with a thriving sailing club, theatre, gig rowing club, sea fishing and lots of world class pubs and restaurants. Check out the links below to find out more.

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Top ten things to do in Lyme Regis in 2017:

House prices quoted as of June 2022