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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

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Address: Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LL, England
Phone Number: 441297560772
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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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The Centre provides information on fossils, fossil hunting and the local...

The Centre provides information on fossils, fossil hunting and the local coastal and marine wildlife. Facilities at the centre include interactive computers, hands on displays, marine tanks and a video microscope, all of which can help you to discover more about our stretch of the coastline. You will always find a helpful warden or volunteer who can help you identify your fossil finds. The Centre also has disabled access. Our Jurassic Theatre shows a short film on 'The Jurassic Coast and Finding fossils at Charmouth' (adults £1, children 50p). We also have a shop stocked with books for all levels, including some of our own publications, toys and souvenirs. Throughout the year we run guided fossil hunting walks and rockpooling walks along the local coastline. The Centre also has an extensive education programme. For information about the activities we have to offer to school groups please see our Primary Schools and Secondary Schools sections.

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It's a bit like - this is what you could find!

A great collection of local fossils which got the kids super excited. Unfortunately we didn't find anything similar on our fossil hunt! This is very educational and gives you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Torbay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great collection of local fossils which got the kids super excited. Unfortunately we didn't find anything similar on our fossil hunt! This is very educational and gives you an understanding on what you can find on the beach. If your not lucky on your hunt you can return and for a small donation purchase a small fossil.

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Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely educational setting to discover and look closely at fossils. Lots of hands on interactive areas for children and adults

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're heading off to Charmouth beach to hunt for fossils this is an excellent place to get up to speed on what fossils you're likely to find and how to find them. The staff are attentive and helpful and there are several interactive exhibits from which to glean information on life and death in Jurassic times, and on early... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Brilliant. If you want to cut to the chase and find out what to look for then book not a tour. Geologists know their stuff and volunteers are very helpful. Loads of fossils to find on the beach if you know what you're looking for! Good luck....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and educational good fun for the little ones as well free to all there is a donation box . Right on the sea front

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Kent, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped into the centre whilst on our coastal walk to Lyme Regis. The Heritage Centre is very nicely laid out and has a large exhibition of fossils found in Jurassic Coastline. The centre is also child friendly and offers general advice on fossil hunting as well as daily guided fossil hunts. Would recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cracking little 'museum' offering information on the area , fossils and general background to the area . It even has a sandpit with fossil specific specimens and brushes for you to 'discover' items if you've had no luck on the beach ! Relies on donations and is always worth a visit . A fair few souvenirs to choose from and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there a few times during our stay. Very helpful staff, asked them about various pieces we had collected and they had the answers. Well laid out and fun for all ages.

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South Cerney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a good half day here. Boy loves playing on the rocks, and the heritage centre provided lots of information for him. We've been before and been disappointed by the cafe, so this time we walked along Lower Sea Lane into the village where there's a great new cafe (the Bank House).

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't bother renting a hammer or grabbing a tour but we still ended up finding a few amazing things and had a lovely day searching for lost treasures. Highly recommended by my wife and I! Great cafe with excellent beach side grub and good, clean facilities too

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