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Spending time outdoors, at one with nature is a great way to spend time in Lyme Regis, so breathe in the fresh air and start exploring.
Discover the gardens and parks of Lyme Regis, take a walk-through manicured gardens, take in spectacular coastal views or appreciate the work of local artists. Find your perfect spot.
Located on the slopes overlooking the beach, are the award-winning Langmoor and Lister Gardens. It’s a fantastic place to relax and unwind, with fantastic panoramic views over Lyme Bay, the Cobb, and the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast to the east.
The gardens were originally built in 1913 but due to the threat of landslips, huge stabilisation works took place over two years in 2006/07. The re-landscaped gardens are as you see them today, they have a mixture of planting, with a wooded area on the upper level, planted borders and grass banks, perfect for picnics and has winding paths down to the beach.
At various times throughout the year the wooded area is lit up in an array of colours, illuminating the gardens from dusk until 11pm. The lighting highlights key features of the gardens and was installed in 2019.
While exploring the gardens you may come across the Somers Statute. Sir George Somers was born in Lyme Regis in 1554. He was a successful merchant trader, becoming the mayor of Lyme and discovered Bermuda in 1609. In 1996 Lyme Regis was twinned with St Georges in Bermuda.
In the eastern side of the garden is a great spot for families where visitors can enjoy a round of mini golf or challenge each other to a game of table tennis. This part of the garden is called Lister Garden which is named after Joseph Lister, a former resident of Lyme Regis famed for discovering the use of antiseptics.
Strolling through the gardens you may also come across some of the artwork that is part of the Sculpture Trail. Started in 2015 the trail includes the work of local artists using a variety of styles and materials. What will you discover?
Georges Square offers a quite oasis in the middle of the old town in Lyme. This quaint little garden offers some seating and a place of quiet reflection.
The town’s war memorial is located in Georges Square, which is owned and maintained by the town council. The memorial is believed to have been built and inaugurated in the early 1980s but the exact date is unknown.
Located at the end of Marine Parade is a garden dedicated to the novelist Jane Austen. Opened as a memorial to the writer in 1975, this small raised garden is a perfect spot to watch the world go by.
The writer visited Lyme Regis with her family in the summer of 1804 and she had a lot of admiration for the town. Her novel Persuasion, published in 1818, is partly set here and is the town is even names in the novel, which was unusual as she rarely set her books in real places. A must visit for any Jane Austen fan!
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