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Dinosaur Isle

Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA, England
44 01983 404344
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Sandown
Type: Natural History Museums, History Museums
Owner description: In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building watching over Sandown’s blue flag beach is Britain’s first purpose built dinosaur museum. Walk back through... more » Owner description: In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building watching over Sandown’s blue flag beach is Britain’s first purpose built dinosaur museum. Walk back through fossilised time to the period of the dinosaurs where you will find amongst the fossils many interactive displays. On a recreated landscape enhanced by sights, smells and sounds you will meet life sized dinosaurs including our animatronic Neovenator. Guided fossil hunts (which must be pre-booked) have proved to be a popular addition to a visit. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Visited on a rainy day. Queued for about 5 minutes. 7 year old loved it and was engaged by the quizzes. 3 year old became a bit fed up. Good value when using vouchercloud. Not huge inside but we were their for a good couple hours. Definitely recommend for primary school age children

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited on wet bank holiday Monday. It was very busy. Queued to get in the rain. Did not live up to the advertising hype. My children were expecting at least jurassic park. Only one dinosaur model moves. Lots of noises, some of which were dinosaurs. No cafe. Would be good on a quieter day if not expecting so much, very... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

My 5 yr old is obsessed with dinosaurs and so this seemed an obvious place to visit. After managing to drag him away from the gift shop (you enter and exit as with most attractions via the gift shop) he had fun walking around with his clip board and pencil provided by the museum. Small dino digs and various interactive... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We have visited here year after year and to be honest not much changes. Having said that our youngest LOVES it! Lots of real fossils and informative displays with fun clipboard activities for all ages. There is also an education room upstairs where more activities are available. We paid £16.50 for a family of 4 (although if you use their... More

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Staines, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We had vouchers and probably wouldn't have visited otherwise as none of our children have a particular interest in dinosaurs. The museum is fairly small and quite busy. There are some interactive displays, but lots of children were waiting so my son became bored very quickly. My daughter enjoyed it the most as she got herself involved in the activity... More

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King's Lynn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Our nearly 6 year old had great fun here - we finished our Dino Trail across the south coast of the Island by a trip to this lovely little museum. It's relatively small but very hands on - our little boy loved all the exhibits and interactive features. Great shop too, plenty of souvenirs to choose from. Worth a visit... More

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Ely, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Dinosaur isle is a great interactive place to visit. They have worked hard to make it as interactive as possible and provide activities for small children as well. We had an interesting afternoon loads to read and see. We booked onto a guided fossil walk which I admit I was not hugely excited about but I thoroughly enjoyed. The guide... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Great place to take the little ones if they love dinosaurs, we'll worth the £5 entrance fee, suits all ages and lots of interaction for the kids, also a nice little gift shop at the end,

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Who knew that the IoW was home to so many interesting dinosaurs and fossils! We went with a 3 year old and it was good for a couple of hours. Older children (7-10) would be able to spend longer with the exhibits, doing the activity sheets and upstairs in the education centre. If you park in the Dinosaur Isle car... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Not a big place but quite a lot to see and read, if you are not running after little ones. Husband enjoyed it the most, girls more interested in the interactive parts. Upstairs is a play and educational space with toys, puzzles and dinosaur pictures to colour in or take away.Children can take clipboards with work to fill in as... More

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