Lyme Regis!! (part 5 of my trip)

On the next day we had quite a nice little thing planned for ourselves; a trip to Lyme Regis!! I think a lot of you know that it has long been a wish of mine to go there, and indeed, I’m sure there are many others who Janeites who also have that wish. So you can understand that I was pretty excited about it! ๐Ÿ˜€

We had rented a car for the day, we were 7 of us going and thought that was a good solution. The drive was about 2 hours, through a very pretty countryside! The excitement in the car was high when we finally reached the little town of Lyme, situated by a deep blue sea…!

Lyme Regis!


Karen had arranged for us to do a guided tour once we arrived there. A guided tour focusing on the various places important to all Janites who visit Lyme. So there we were all 7 of us taking pictures of and admiring things like this hole in the wall which apparently is Englands oldest mailbox, and one which Jane Austen posted some letters in…

Mailbox Lyme Regis

I wonder what people thought of us all taking pictures of this..??

Or this; a house (rather ugly house) which was once a hotel and where the Austen’s stayed when in Lyme one time (at least I think that’s what this building was…)

House where Jane Austen stayed Lyme

This house where they also stayed!

House where Jane Austen stayed Lyme

House where Jane Austen stayed Lyme

All of us posing outside Pyne House

Or why not this house? Where this house stood (not the house itself, as the old one burnt down I think and this one is much newer) was probably where the inn was where the party from Uppercross stayed in Persuasion. They guess this because of the discriptions in the book, where it says something like Mr Eliot’s carriage comes across the corner and they can see it go all the way up Broad Street. So they guess it must have been this place.

"Persuasion house" Lyme Regis

The Inn, in the corner of the street

A bit further on, right by the beach, we came to these little pink houses. These were not there in Jane Austen’s time, so the bear no significance to her or the book in that way, but they are called “Harville Cottage” and “Benwick Cottage”! Fun!

Harville and Benwick Cottage

Harville Cottage

Harville Cottage

Benwick Cottage

Benwick Cottage

Still further on we came to this sign! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jane Austen Garden Lyme Regis

The “garden” wasn’t really that much of a garden, there was a bench and this plaque on the wall.

Jane Austen Garden Lyme Regis

Me in the Jane Austen “garden”

Right by that garden was another house, a house that didn’t look very interesting but which they think is the house where Captain Harville lives in the book. Once again they guess this because of the references in the book as to how it’s located. Cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

Captain Harville's House

And close by is this place, which you might recognize as the houses they used for the Harville’s place in the 1995 adaptation.

Captain Harville's house film version

And then we came to the place we all had been most desirous to see; the Cobb!

The Cobb Lyme Regis

The Cobb!

Being something which has such an important part in the story of Persuasion it almost felt like walking on holy ground as we stepped out onto it (ok, ok, I am exaggerating…)! We were walking where Jane and her characters have walked!

The Cobb Lyme Regis

The Cobb Lyme Regis

We were shown the steps which they used for the 1995 version of the film; Granny’s Teeth I think these steps were called.

The Cobb Lyme Regis "Granny's Teeth"

Recognize these steps??

And the ones which were probably the ones she refered to in the book! *Excitement extreme!*

The Cobb Lyme Regis "Louisa's Steps"

Or these??

We were not allowed to climb up the steps until our guide had made it off the cobb, because that way if any of us fell and hurt ourselve we couldn’t sue the tour company… Great. ๐Ÿ˜› So we impatiently awaited her departure (don’t get me wrong, she was a lovely guide!) before scrambling up the stairs! I know, we should have taken warning by Louisa’s example and walked very carefully, but the excitement was too much! Luckily we none of us ended up injured like her.

Warnign signs

They had these warning signs too, I couldn’t help thinking that if those had been there in Jane’s time, maybe the story in Persuasion had not taken quite the same turn…?

Of course we had to take pictures. All of us. It wasn’t easy though. Not only was the sun very non-cooperative, there were also lots of tourists who insisted on actually using those steps to get up and down. Annoying tourist! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Cobb Lyme Regis "Louisa's Steps"

We got some pictures in the end however. I had to do one jumping picture:

The Cobb Lyme Regis "Louisa's Steps"

And one “after the jump” picture:

The Cobb Lyme Regis "After jump"

See how non-cooperative the sun was! Oh well…

After spending a long time out there taking pictures and just enjoying the glorious weather and the lovely sea air (it was wonderful to be by the sea again! It’s been forever since the last time I was by the sea!) we were all of us quite ravenous, and decided to make our way back into the town to find somewhere to have tea. We found a lovely little place and had a most delicious meal!

Enjoying the sun

On the Cobb, enjoying the weather

After we finished that we had about one hour left which we could spend however we wanted before we had to head back to Bath. I, together with a few of the others, first chose to go to this small museum they had there (the Museum of Lyme Regis or something like that). They had mostly fossil things, since that is what Lyme is most famous for to “normal” people. ;P But they also had this little section on Jane Austen, and that is what we went to see. It wasn’t that exciting however, they had some things there that might have belonged to the Austen’s, and a few things that they knew had. But it wasn’t very much.

Museum Lyme Regis

In the museum

So we went out and had a look in some shops instead (we none of us were that interested in fossiles…). They had some really wonderful little shops there! Sadly we only had this one hour though. And just before we were heading back to the car Diewertje and I found this amazing secondhand book store! I could have spent hours there, and we only had minutes! Next time then…!

It was a wonderful little trip! It was amazing to get to see all those places for real, and I just loved Lyme as a town too! A very pretty place! I can certainly understand why Jane liked it there so much!

7 happy Janeites!

7 happy Janeites standing on a wall!

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15 Responses to Lyme Regis!! (part 5 of my trip)

  1. What lovely photos – I love the one of you all on the steps! I’m just rewriting my Jane Austen addicts book set in Lyme Regis and have been lucky enough to have visited three times this year. I love it!

  2. Ohhhh that is sooooo fun!! It’s a dream of mine to go to Lyme! That is awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  3. Aurora says:

    Thank you Victoria, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Lyme is such a wonderful place, isn’t it?! I’m so looking forward to reading your next book when it comes out! Can’t wait!

    Elinor – so glad you enjoyed it! And, I hope you get to go one day!!

  4. Geri says:

    What fun these photo’s!!!!!! I enjoy it very much. I can imagine how happy you were to be there
    I love the old mailbox, but also the other pictures.
    Greetings from Geri from Holland!

  5. Jennifer says:

    These were fun pics. I really liked the before and after “fall” pictures, very creative.

  6. Karen says:

    What an amazing trip, Aurora! All those houses and the Cobb, with those legendary stairs… oh, I think I would be crazy in all those places!

    Someday I’ll visit Lyme Regis!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. Karen says:

    “Of course we had to take pictures. All of us. It wasnโ€™t easy though. Not only was the sun very non-cooperative, there were also lots of tourists who insisted on actually using those steps to get up and down. Annoying tourist!”

    REALLY! That was really SO very rude of them… (LOL)!

  8. Aurora says:

    Yes! Terribly rude! Couldn’t they see how very important this was! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Great pictures ladies. Glad you enjoyed the tour! Literary Lyme

  10. Had not realised you and Victoria were ‘cyber’ friends. I know Victoria too!

  11. Aurora says:

    Thanks Natalie! We DID enjoy the tour! I’m so glad we decided to take it, so many things we would have missed if we hadn’t!

  12. Adrienne says:

    Thank you for sharing those images!! They are wonderful. I hope you’ve recovered from your fall and that a Captain Benwick is about to fall in love with you!

  13. Aurora says:

    Thank you Adrienne! I can assure you, I am now quite recovered from my fall, and I hope you are right about a Captain Benwick! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Isabella says:

    Hi Aurora,
    in semptember I’ll go to Bath for the JA festival and your travel diary is very usefull for organizing my trip!
    I want absolutely to visit Lyme Regis ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can I ask you some information?
    How many hours did you spent in Lyme (including travel bath-lyme and return)?
    Can you give me a contact for rent a car (the same you used)? Do you rent a car with driver also?
    Thank you!


  15. Aurora says:

    Hi Isabella,

    Ooh how nice! I’m so glad you are going to the festival! And I am happy to hear that my writing has been of help to you.
    I’ll be glad to give you what information I can.

    As I remember I think we left Bath sometime around 9 or so in the morning and we were back again a little before 7. I think it was something like that. The cardrive was about 2 hours.
    I am sorry but I really have no idea of what car company we used. It was one of the other ladies I was staying with who organized the whole thing, and she also drove. So I am afraid I cannot really offer much help there. I don’t know.
    Let me know if there is anythin else you would like my advise on. Otherwise, let me just say I hope you will have a very good time in Bath and Lyme! And maybe I shall see you there! ๐Ÿ™‚


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