Fossil Hunting in Lyme Regis

Nestled in the heart of the charming coastal town of Lyme Regis lies a world of wonder waiting to be explored. Part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this idyllic destination has been a popular site for fossil hunting for centuries, and it's easy to see why. With its rich history and diverse landscapes, Lyme Regis is the perfect place for both novice and experienced fossil hunters.

Fossil hunting is not just a thrilling adventure but also a great way to learn about the natural history of the area and to find unique souvenirs to take home. Lyme Regis is well-equipped for fossil hunters, and there are many fossils to be found. The town has even been dubbed "The Birthplace of British Palaeontology" due to its rich fossil hunting legacy.

The history of fossil hunting in Lyme Regis

The first recorded fossil hunt in the town dates back to 1671, and the town has been a major centre for fossil research ever since. However, the most famous fossil hunter in Lyme Regis is Mary Anning. Born in 1799, Anning began fossil hunting at a young age and made many important discoveries, including the first complete ichthyosaur and plesiosaur skeletons.

In 2022, a statue of Mary Anning was unveiled after fundraising from campaign group Mary Anning Rocks to install a permanent tribute to Anning, who in her lifetime was snubbed by the scientific community and never properly recognised for her fossil discoveries, despite her work helping to shape the understanding we have of prehistoric life scientists have today. It's a really important and poignant statue, and well worth paying a visit. 

Mary Anning fossil hunting statue Lyme Regis

Fossil walks in Lyme Regis

Mary Anning's legacy lives on, with Lyme Regis Museum offering fantastic guided fossil walks. These are led by experienced guides, who wil lteach you everything you need to know. The walks cover a variety of topics, including the history of fossil hunting in Lyme Regis, the geology of the area, and the different types of fossils that can be found including ammonites and belemnites!The Lyme Fossil Shop is a great place to buy fossils and fossil-related souvenirs, also offering fossil identification services.

With stunning scenery, such a rich history, and exciting activities, Lyme Regis really is the perfect destination for jurassic history enthusiasts of all ages.

Adventurers need sustenance...

Once you've finished your adventure, why not come and join us at the Alexandra, with stunning views, delicious food and drink, and its own unique position in the history of Lyme Regis. We would love to see you. 

Posted on March 30th 2023

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