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Address: Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA, England
Phone Number: 44 01983 404344
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Description: In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building watching over Sandown’s blue...
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.
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Educational and Fun

Great for kids and adults - they have an extensive collection of fossils and the animatronics and models are in good condition. Just wish there was a little more to do as we were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
Daisy A
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London, United Kingdom
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English first
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Having a son who has been dino crazy since he was a toddler and is now 8 it seemed inevitable an island visit had to include Dinosaur Isle. After much anticipation he was sadly dissapointed at the size of the museum. After walking through the large gift shop we were expecting it to be huge but although there is a... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Not a lot here and you do have to be `into` dinosaurs as that is pretty much all there is.Was raining when we went last year, can`t remember if it was free entry or not.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

A small warehouse with a few model dinosaurs and fossils. Very expensive for the time spent there and the content inside. The interactive attractions are a dinosaur that is in development, jig saw, sand pit and drawing. I was grateful that they refunded £2.50 off your car parking. I wouldn't recommend this to anybody.

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London
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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Not too big, not too small but with a vast amount of interesting and very well displayed fossils and moving dinosaurs to keep everyone happy for at least an hour. Lots of displays for the children to interact with when looking at bones no longer interests them. I'm glad it focused on mainly just the finds from the Isle itself... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I had been happy to discover that this attraction was near where we were staying and set aside a morning to visit. There were a lot of really interesting exhibits and it was great to see all the fossils and read about the island. However, it seemed a little lacking in polish - the models were a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Great for kids and adults - they have an extensive collection of fossils and the animatronics and models are in good condition. Just wish there was a little more to do as we were finished in an hour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We chose to go here as the weather was poor. The exhibition was a little tired and lacked excitement and atmosphere. There were other children there who were bored, you could see the parents were trying their hardest to entertain them. I would imagine if you were really into fossils and dinosaurs this would be great, but as a tourist... More 

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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40 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Did the guided fossil walk along Yaverland beach - over the 2 hr time. Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Very patient when identifying all the finds. Visited the gift shop which has a great selection. Reduced parking which is good.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Sadly a lack of observational maintenance is letting dinosaur isle down... Toilet doors with broken locks... Item missing from one of the displays... Animatronics dinosaur with a missing eye and splits in the skin... Map of the island lights not working... Main central dinosaur looking a little worn... Second animatronics dinosaur looking a little worn... The put your hand in... More 

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Peter_Pusey, General Manager at Dinosaur Isle, responded to this review

Ouch and oh dear. Please please do speak to the general manager he does want to hear what you think. I take your point about some of the older exhibits and I trust you will be pleased to know that the broken door lock has already been fixed. Far from a failing attraction we have just had our most successful... More 

London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I am a big dinosaur geek and have been since I was very little, so I enjoyed our visit here very much. We spent about 2-3 hours here and had fun looking at all the exhibition. I would imagine this is a good place to take children to, as it has got lots of fun looking activities for them to... More 

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