A medieval port which became a seaside resort in the 18th century. It acquired the royal "regis" tag from Edward I who sheltered from gales in the lee of the massive Cobb, the breakwater that shelters the harbour.
The Duke of Monmouth landed here in 1685 at the start of his ill-fated rebellion against James II. And then smugglers were based in the town, until its birth as a seaside resort brought gentile respectability.
The beach at Lyme Regis is known for its fossils. Keep a sharp look out and you might find a complete dinosaur
There are fine views along the coast to the Golden Cap, the highest cliff on England's southern coast
Stretching way to the south of the town is Chesil Beach, a giant wall of shingle, that have been swept by currents and stormy seas along the coast, and deposited here in a wall of pebbles that is up to 35 feet high