Lyme Regis Museum Access Statement
Our access statement aims to give an honest appraisal of access in Lyme Regis and within our museum.
Lyme Regis Museum is located on the seafront at the Dorset coastal resort of Lyme Regis. Our museum was built in 1902. The museum tells the story of this remarkable town.
- The ground floor contains exhibitions about the Siege of Lyme, The Monmouth Rebellion and the town’s maritime and tourist history.
- The first floor galleries contain a significant geological display with many fine fossils and a literary gallery capturing the town’s strong connections with Jane Austen, John Fowles and other great authors.
- The second floor contains a small temporary gallery and exhibitions about Lyme’s rail heritage and the Second World War.
Access: The Museum
Our museum although beautiful, was not built in 1902 with the needs of people with disabilities in mind. Our ground floor is accessible to all. The first floor can only be accessed by a wide, spiral staircase and our second floor by either a straight metal staircase or a smaller spiral staircase. The museum grants free access to all visitors with disabilities, and where appropriate carers, who cannot access the first and second floors.
Lyme Regis Museum does not have public toilets. The nearest public toilets are situated 80 metres from the museum, just beyond ‘The Pilot Boat’ pub.
Getting to the Museum
Nearest Car Parks:
Cobb Gate Car Park situated 100 yards from the museum and is very busy in the tourist season.
Holmbush Car Park situated to the west of the museum at the top of Broad Street, which is a steep road. Cheap, all-day car park.
Charmouth Road Car Park situated to the east of the town on the steep Charmouth Road. Gives access to the museum either down Charmouth Road or down the 140 steps to the new sea wall promenade. Cheap all day parking.
Woodmead Road Car Park situated on Hill Road. There is a short, very steep road leading to this car park.
Monmouth Beach Car Park situated on the sea front at the western end of town. This car park is more expensive, but enables visitors to access the museum by a flat, 800 metre route along the town’s charming promenade.
Dropping Off points
Lyme Regis has many narrow pavements and steep streets. Although not an ‘official’ dropping off point the best place is in front of the Cobb Gate car park, 100 metres from the museum. Please be aware that this is very busy in high season.
Lyme Regis is served by the X51 and X53 buses which travel eat and west along the A30 and A31. For visitors approaching from the west (Axminster) the nearest bus stop is at the top of Broad Street. For those approaching from the east (Bridport and Charmouth) the nearest bus stop is at the bottom of Broad Street, 100 metres from the museum.
The nearby town of Axminster is situated on the line between London and Exeter. There are regular buses to Lyme Regis, which is five miles distant. Taxis too are available from Axminster railway station.
How to contact us
Easter to October: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm
November to Easter: Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm.
Children and students (with university/college card) free
Separate charges are made for educational visits and museum activities.