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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

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Address: Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LR, England
Phone Number: 441297560772
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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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A nice trip out

We went for a walk up the beach looking for fossils and despite having no idea what we were doing we found several. The heritage centre has a lot of books and niknaks for sale... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for a walk up the beach looking for fossils and despite having no idea what we were doing we found several. The heritage centre has a lot of books and niknaks for sale. There was no where available to buy food or drink which was a shame except for an overpriced coffee machine, although we did visit well... More 

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We looked in on Charmouth Heritage Coast during a visit to Charmouth. Its free admission and there are some really interesting displays featuring local rocks and fossils. The interior is beautifully presented as is the small retail area, which sells a range of books and items suitable for children. Most of all the staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.... More 

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Bridport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Heritage Centre is full of Local history, managed by friendly and informative staff. Great for all the family. If this is your first visit then it is a great introduction to the area, its fossil history, where to look for fossils on the beach. Downstairs is the Charmouth Fossil Shop. So if you have been lucky enough to find... More 

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Thank Howard F
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This must be the 5th or 6th time i've visited and finally got round to a review! Heritage Centre is always very interesting to walk around and i did the fossil walk for the first time having wanted to do it before but it being fully booked! Found the talk at the beginning interesting and the guides directed us towards... More 

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Thank Hugh769
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The beach is great for fossil hunting. You can hire a hamer and gogles in the fossil shop. The staff upstairs in the center were extremely friendly and helpful and there is a decent cafe with home made cakes too.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent little fossil museum and worth popping into if you've been along the beach or are visiting the fossil shop. It's free and there are a few activities for children to do at a very small cost. There are plenty of fossils to see and touch and a few to buy if you didn't find any of your own along... More 

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Frome, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

We were in charmouth beach walking and decided to pop in as it was raining. It's a charming place, lots of really interesting things and my daughter enjoyed visiting. The lady who we saw there was very friendly.

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Malvern Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Some nice local found fossils in the centre. Was a shame no photography. Would be good if they charged you a fee to take phos, and split the cash with the finders, maybe somebody might suggest it. Nice building open til 4.30 daily some good specimens and free to get in, if you wish to make a donation you can,... More 

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Henley, Oxfordshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Great facility and great staff! We did the fossil walk and learnt and found loads! Well worth doing. Take your boots and some old clothes as if you do it properly you'll be getting your hands dirty!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We found this charming centre on an impulse visit to Charmouth beach. The coastline is famous for Jurassic fossil finds , and it was great to see some of these in real life. The Centre is only small , with free entry , but it has some very good displays of local discoveries from as recent as 2016 . There... More 

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