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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

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Address: Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LR, England
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+44 1297 560772
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

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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There is a really enthusiastic and quite joyful tone to this lovely little fossil museum. Jolly interesting too. Made a good change from walks up and down the coastal cliffs... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is a really enthusiastic and quite joyful tone to this lovely little fossil museum. Jolly interesting too. Made a good change from walks up and down the coastal cliffs nearby and so interesting to see the fossils which people have found literally on the very beach outside. Well worth and visit, and do donate via the mouth of the... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in here to book a tour of the beach with a resident palaeontologist. We had to wait 24 hours as the tours are popular (probably helped by the fact that they are free). Our guides were knowledgeable, patient and great with kids - even the screaming Ines that wouldn't shut up! Our guide gave us an informative and... More 

Thank Ben S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent centre. Very interesting exhibition, helpful staff and beautiful jewelery for sale plus other gifts. Great for kids. The fossil walks are amazing and very good value.

Thank Kateloj
London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent day, helpful staff who were wonderful at engaging with the kids and bringing the subject to life. Thank you

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked online onto a fossil hunting trip at half term- a family of 5- £28 for a great 2hrs with friendly and very knowledgeable staff. I cannot recommend this enough- we found all sorts of (tiny!) fossils and our 3 sons thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I understand schools groups come for educational visits regularly during term time- they are lucky... More 

Thank Cat770
Farnham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the heritage coast centre on a very wet and windy day in February, but although admission is free, there was not a lot to see. Possibly because the "tourist season" had not started, many of the exhibits were undergoing refurbishment, particularly the marine tanks. There were plenty of helpful staff present, but all in all, everything looked tired.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an unassuming place but worth the visit! We had a wonderful afternoon. Tours are different every day due to the timing of the low tide and reservations are a must. The Fossil tour starts with a 20 minute lecture-- it's funny and easily accessible for kids and adults. We all found fossils and had a grand time searching.

Thank K10DG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time learning about fossils and the geology of the beach and cliffs. The volunteers were lovely and extremely patient.

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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great mixture of displays and a film to view - all free - a couple of drawing exercises to keep kids busy. Ideal for a wet weather trip on the coast when you are at a loss of where to take everyone. Fossil walks well worth booking on whatever your age - Charmouth is an easy place to access and... More 

Thank hungryinlyme
Bridport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most of my visitors staying at The Duck Wing include a visit, armed with hammers and glasses provided! It's wonderful for all the family and the dog can enjoy the beach too. I go several times a week.

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