JURASSIC JIM
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
About
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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  • Sarah
    London, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute MUST visit & the most welcoming team
    Jurassic Jim is without a doubt the best shop & experience on the Isle of Wight. For fossil, dinosaur and gem lovers it is a treasure trove of wonderful treats! Packed full of a host of incredible items, it is surprisingly really reasonably priced and Jim & his team are incredibly friendly, knowledgable and welcoming. I've lost count of the number of times we've visited this year and last and I even purchased a segment of a mammoth tusk for my sons birthday when back home following an email conversation, then sending photos and chats over the phone. Nothing is too much for them and I couldn't recommend a visit more highly! Thank you so much guys, we'll be back! (Again!)
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written August 25, 2023
  • Samantha M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best shop around!
    Such a fantastic shop to visit! Really lovely family run business who are always happy to help and very knowledgable! I always find great pieces and the prices are so reasonable! If you are visiting Shanklin be sure to pop in!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • paulabrook40
    Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit, you'll be made welcome
    We went to Shanklin especially to find this shop and my hubby wasn't disappointed! The young owner was such a pleasant and chatty lad, he told hubby we're it was best to look for fossil's in the area and kindly gave us change for the silly carparking on the Island. Some very interesting items and very respectable prices! I wish this young man and his family all the best as they have recently taken over from his father. PS enjoy your cruise
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 25, 2024
  • Jim D
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fossil Shop IOW
    On the IOW on holiday for a week and went here after recommedations online. Excellent shop, served by Jurassic Jim himself, didn't realise until later. Very reasonably priced, definitely going back before I go home.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2024
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W B
Warwickshire, England3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Fairie28
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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godwithin
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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J Glanville
London, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
For quite a few years now, I have been going to this shop every year whilst on holiday on the island, and every year since the first time, it has been at the top of my to do list.

Firstly, there is a huge selection of different fossils, shells, stones and rocks. There are huge shelves, full of hundreds of beautiful coloured or patterned stones, almost like a pick and mix of them. I would say that there was about eight feet tall, which made it fell like a tower of rocks. There is something for everyone there.

As well as there being a massive collection, every item is extremely cheap. For example, a nightlight made from selenite that I bought from Jim's for five pounds was twenty pounds at another shop. I'm surprised that there are even any fossil shops left in Shanklin. Comparably, they are very expensive and basically sell the same things.

As if the tiny prices didn't make everything cheap enough, I have often got discounts and free items before! Me and my family have got free bracelets, selections of stones, a Jurassic Jim's bag and so much more for free. Also, they have let us have discounts of up to twenty-five percent off the already outstandingly low cost.

Finally, the staff are very kind and knowledgeable. They can probably tell you something about every single item in the shop. Jim has also recommended dinosaur walks on the beach, seeing as he has connections there. He knows which ones are the best and which ones to avoid. It would definitely be worth having a chat with him.
Written August 26, 2020
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Joanne T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I visited on rare weekend away minus our brood! Jim is is warm and friendly gent with a vast knowledge. Jim and his son were so helpful and welcoming. The shop holds a treasure of interesting and rare fossils and gemstones. We will return during our family holiday in August and we know we will be equally welcomed with our children. Absolutely visit Jim, he is a gem.
Written February 1, 2020
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Garry MD
Portsmouth, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
If you enjoy fossils, rocks, and crystals, then this is the place to pop into when visiting Shanklin. I enjoyed browsing around this store and found a amazing rock crystal candle holder. The customer service here is excellent. Jurassic Jim is very knowledgeable and friendly. I found all the fossils at reasonable prices and there is some interesting gifts to be found.
Written July 29, 2020
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Rebecca Bartholomew
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Ben R
Hedge End, UK211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
What an incredible shop, it has a huge stock of fossils and other stones both on display and in the most chaotic stock system I've ever seen. The owner is one of the great British eccentrics. He was equally knowledgeable as he was entertaining. Our children thought he was hilarious and he couldn't have been more helpful. It's worth visiting just to chat with him!
Written October 30, 2020
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CarrieB72
Peterborough, UK143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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FunkyChickenLicken
Newport - S.Wales12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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