We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dinosaur Isle

Address: Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8QA, England
Phone Number: 44 01983 404344
Improve this listing
Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Sandown
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Outdoors
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.

Hotels near Dinosaur Isle

Write a Review

302 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A small, manageable museum, with lots of information but not so many of the shiny, noisy features designed to appeal to the limited attention span audience. I visited on a quiet day out of season and was followed in by a family with very young children who really wanted to run around and weren't interested in looking at anything -... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
51 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Dinosaur Isle is an average museum just outside of Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The museum is OK, but it needs more modern things to bring it into the 21st century. You can tell the management team have tried with a robot dinosaur which rarely works and what you can actually do with it is limited. Some dinosaurs move... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The place looks lifeless and half the equipment ie puzzles and stuff were old and worn and broken just terrible

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandown, England, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This Museum started life in two rooms over the Sandown Library where it languished for many years. Today the ultra modern purpose built Museum houses a wonderful collection of fossils and interactive exhibits. Isle of Wight is famous for great discoveries of fossil remains as entire skeletons have been unearthed on the Island and fossils are still being found today.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reading, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

kids found it ok, but shop more interesting to them. its indoor so out of bad weather, but definitely not an all day thing, 3 hours max maybe. although we had vouchers to get kids in free and you get some parking money back too! made it better.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oldham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

went to dinosaur isle at 3.45 on Sunday 25th October went round part of the displays only to be told that the curator had decided to close the building at 4.30. from what we saw it looked to be a good exhibition but was not given the opportunity to finish it. Make your mind up whether you close for the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Peter_Pusey, General Manager at Dinosaur Isle, responded to this review

I am delighted that my letter arrived safe and sound and thank you for your review. Just to clarify for those reading this - our opening hours as we advertise vary according to the season however our last admission is always one hour before close, and it is fair to say from this point on, on a quiet day we... More

London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

A good way to turn kids off science. Boring and outdated displays, only one room, and a bit of a rip off.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Its a nice museum with lots of information to read and some nice displays but it is basically one large room so don't expect the natural history museum experience! There is an education room upstairs where smaller kids can paint and draw. The most interesting thing to me was that almost all of the fossils are from the island and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We went with our two kids in august but to be honest I wished I'd saved the money. The place is very small and we could have easily been through the place within fifteen minutes really. Not enough to do and some of the displays are poor. Shame but I wouldn't recommend this place.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Great attraction, it's not very big but full of information, displays and models. You have to pay for parking at £3.40 but you get £2.50 off the entry price. We had a kids go fee voucher so with that & the parking refund only cost £7.50 for the 3 of us.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Dinosaur Isle also viewed

Sandown, Isle of Wight
Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Been to Dinosaur Isle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing