Arguably, the best way to get to know a place is to get lost there. Once you have found yourself again you will never get lost that way again. Perhaps it's to do with the fact that we pay more attention to our surroundings when we have no idea where we are!
Having said that, it is also good to have some goals and targets in mind when exploring, and with this in mind we have compiled a short list of attractions and things to do in our very own Lyme Regis.
The Lyme Regis Museum (aka The Philpot Museum)
For many years it was called the Philpot Museum, after its founder Thomas Philpot, whose sister Elizabeth was a good friend of Mary Anning - the famous fossil hunter. Here you will find various snapshots, artefacts and displays about local history and famous local Lyme-Regians. The building was once Mary Anning's house, and is conveniently located to explore the fossil-strewn beaches of the Jurassic Coast nearby.
So much so that you may find yourself tempted by one of their guided walks to explore the fossil-rich areas nearby.
Here you can find out all about the marine biology of the area, and even have a variety of close encounters of the fishy kind, with the opportunity to hand-feed various fish (including mullets), actually holding some of earth's more bizarre inhabitants (think starfish).
It's not the largest attraction in the world, but it is packed with fascinating fish and animals, and the owner is perhaps the most knowledgeable person in the world with regard to Lyme Regis and our fishy cousins who live just a stone's throw away in our beautiful waters.
We don't want to ruin the surprise for you, but there is far more here than just ammonites and ferns. You really won't be disappointed. The building itself was the church where Mary Anning was baptised and worshipped for thirty years, so it is fitting that it is now something of a shrine to paleontology.
We were, of course, joking about the weather - Lyme Regis actually has the best weather in the world, not just the UK(!) - but all of these places make for a fantastic experience come rain or shine. They are all really family-oriented, of course, but each one should be on the list of things to do when you visit Lyme Regis, whether you have children in tow or not!