JURASSIC JIM

JURASSIC JIM, Shanklin: Hours, Address, JURASSIC JIM Reviews: 5/5

Speciality & Gift Shops
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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We are much more then a fossil and mineral shop . Our opening days are Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm PLEASE NOTE WE WILL BE CLOSED FROM SUNDAY 4/10/15 until WEDNESDAY 14/10/15
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Bianca B
18 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
There are such a good selection of fossils,minerals and crystals. The prices are reasonable and service/response times are quick and he tries to fulfil specific requests for you where possible. We ordered a bulk selection of items for Christmas and are very satisfied with our items. My son is 10 years old and an avid collector. We cannot recommend Jim highly enough! We shall continue to order from you in future. Thank you.
Written January 13, 2022
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godwithin
1 contribution
Dec 2021
I can highly recommend Jurassic Jim for all your crystals. Jim is very friendly and helpful and gives great discounts on items that already have great prices. One of my favourite shops for crystals and mineral specimens.
Written January 3, 2022
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amacdon8
Basildon, UK11 contributions
Oct 2020
I visited with my 6 year old daughter.....she is dinosaur mad(I know very little about the but I am learning 😀.....I decided to buy her a Spinosaurus tooth. I asked for help, not realising I was talking to the owner,. Jim could not have been more helpful, he took me through prices, from cheapest to more expensive, he was not interested in selling the most expensive item, but getting the right thing for my daughter. He is clearly passionate and knowledgeable about this subject. A really interesting shop, and lovely owners (I think Jim’s son was there to) and very happy to recommend this shop to anyone who is (or has a daughter 😀) interested in dinosaurs, rocks and fossils!
Written October 21, 2020
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W B
Warwickshire, England3 contributions
Aug 2019
When visiting Jurassic Jim's shop a few years back, it was an Aladdin's cave of treasures. Jim is very knowledgeable on minerals and fossils, he is extremely helpful face to face on the minerals, the history of formation, location etc. He is very willing to give advice on stones brought in as well. He shows the differences between items personally collected by him and the other reputably sourced minerals and fossils. I chose to buy some spectacular pieces which he had found; taking them back to mainland UK with me, knowing that they had been unearthed by an expert who took care of the minerals and fossils he had handled.

Now, things have gone Covid-19 lock down, it's all a bit different, not being able to visit the IOW and deal face to face with Jim. From my experience JJ's forte is definitely with the natural elements, rather than social media and IT. I had a below par experience trying to buy two rather beautiful pieces of mineral, but it didn't work out. I gave constructive and truthful feedback, which has been responded by me being blocked from his selling Facebook Page; which I think is pretty childish of him.

I hope that JJ becomes more knowledgeable with social media and IT and proves to other genuine customers, like myself, that he is able to fully manage to continue his business both face to face (now lock down is easing) and on social media methods to a wider audience. He brings the story alive to what some may consider "lumps of rock" but are pieces of natures beauty at it's best.
Written July 24, 2020
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aljohnson_12
southend on sea50 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
What a great place to visit, Jim was extremely helpful and my 6 year old son was over the moon with his new spionsaurus tooth and crocodile tooth.

Jim was especially lovely with my 3 year old daughter who wanted a polished pink gem for £1 and he played a game and let her keep the £1 and the gem.

I’d recommend to anyone looking for something for dinosaur mad kids
Written October 24, 2020
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Rebecca Bartholomew
2 contributions
Apr 2022
We visited this shop 7 or 8 years ago when it was in a different unit on the other side of the road. We never forgot the shop nor Jim himself who is a delight and who made my young children very welcome. My children are now in their teens and we were back on the Isle of Wight for a short break. Jurassic Jim was the first place we visited upon arriving and the last place we went to before catching the ferry home a few days later. We bought some lovely items which were very reasonably priced and we had a good chat with Jim who shared his knowledge and humour generously. This wonderful place is a must-visit.
Written April 12, 2022
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Nicola Patrick
Purley, UK5 contributions
Aug 2020
Such a great lace we visited twice in a week and came from the other side of the island. The children loved it. Great gifts starting from £1 and the owners are the friendliest, most knowledgeable people you could ever hope to meet. This will always be on our to do list ever time we come to the island.
Written September 2, 2020
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Fairie28
12 contributions
May 2021 • Family
The best shop. I am a fossil and dinosoar lover, so this was a must-go and didn’t disappoint! Jim is very knowledgeable and friendly, and answered my questions fully. The shop itself is full of interesting and beautiful specimens, and is very affordable! I bought an incredible mounted ice age bison bone for myself and a beautiful pink agate for my friend - both together were only £13, and I was given a Jurassic Jim tote bag free. I love everything about this shop, and urge all visiting Shanklin or the Isle generally to go.
Written June 3, 2021
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FunkyChickenLicken
Newport - S.Wales11 contributions
Apr 2022
Excellent shop with all manner of fossils and interesting finds. Children were mesmerised by it all and were treated to various and very reasonably priced finds. Jurassic Jim-Junior was very knowledgeable about his subject. We would recommend a visit to any jurassic enthusiast!
Written April 24, 2022
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CarrieB72
Peterborough, UK117 contributions
Jul 2021
Couldn’t wait to bring our grandchildren, 8 and 11, to Jurassic Jim’s, after visiting for the first time without them last year.

It’s a treasure trove for young and old, every corner filled with delights, every niche filled with curios. Fantastic value for money, even those with a pound in their pocket can still leave with something wonderful and truly unique.

Jim is a fascinating and knowledgable chap; I bet he would be a great guest to have at a dinner party! Also, the guy at the cash desk (possibly Jim’s son) was so kind and friendly to our kids, helping them choose a good piece for their collections and generally interacting with them in a really nice, easy manner - it’s ‘small’ acts like this that are not small at all - they were what made us remember to come back after our visit last year.....and we will go back next time too.
Written July 28, 2021
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