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Monmouth Beach offers a blend of natural beauty, charm and tranquillity. Looking forward to breathing in the salty sea air and admiring the coastal views. 

One of the best beaches in Lyme Regis, Monmouth Beach is beloved by dog walkers, locals, and holidaymakers. Located to the west of the harbour, this shingle beach stretches a kilometre from the Cobb wall.

The beach is named after the Duke of Monmouth who landed here in 1685, as part of a failed rebellion against his uncle King James II. Now, the picturesque beach and its row of iconic beach huts is the perfect place to wander, paddle and sit to admire the sunset over Lyme Bay.

Continue reading to help plan your trip to Monmouth Beach…

Swimming & Water Sports

Swimming and water sports are permitted at the beach year-round. However, it’s advised to take caution when swimming as the beach is rocky, and shelves steeply down to the sea. There can also be strong undercurrents, so children need to be supervised at all times. Water shoes or waterproof sandals are a good idea if you’re planning to swim here, as the beach and sea floor is uneven and stony.

There is a lifeguard station near the beach, next to the Cobb from the 8th of July to the 3rd of September, from 10 AM until 6 PM.

People sat on Monmouth Beach

Fossil Hunting

Monmouth Beach, and its famous ‘ammonite pavement’, is one of the best places to go fossil hunting in and around Lyme Regis. If you’re lucky, you may even find a small ammonite fossil to take home with you! It’s important to remember though, that whilst searching for fossils on the beach is permitted, you must never dig in the cliffs for fossils as it can be dangerous and destabilise the soil.

fossil hunting

If you want a little help knowing where to look for fossils, the Lyme Regis Museum leads guided fossil walks on the beach. Tickets cost £14.75 for adults and £8.75 for children.

Monmouth Beach Tide Times

Areas of Monmouth Beach can become inaccessible at high tide, so it’s crucial to check the Lyme Regis tide times before you visit. The BBC Weather website is a reliable source of information on the latest local tide times.

Family on Monmouth Beach

Monmouth Beach Car Park

There are two pay-and-display car parks, Monmouth Beach Car Park and Cabanya Car Park. These carp parks offer parking for 282 cars, including disabled spaces, and are just a two-minute walk from the beach. They get busy in summer, so it’s best to arrive earlier if you plan to visit in peak times.

shingle beach

Also, there are public toilets next to the car parks, by the bowling green.

Are dogs allowed on Monmouth Beach, Dorset?

Dogs are allowed off the lead, all year round on Monmouth Beach. It’s the ideal place to stroll with your pup and let them paddle in the sea.

happy dog laid on shingle beach

Undercliff Nature Reserve

Just behind Monmouth Beach, next to the car park, is the access point for the Undercliff National Nature Cliff Reserve, which stretches from Lyme Regis to Axmouth in Devon. You can walk for 7 miles through the otherworldly, forested landscape via the South West Coast Path.

Family walk in woodland

Beach Address & Postcode

Monmouth Beach

Cobb Road

Lyme Regis



Want to stay in a beautiful cottage within walking distance of this delightful beach, so you can wake up and go and dip your toes straight in the blue water? Browse our range of Lyme Regis holiday cottages to book your Jurassic Coast break today.

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