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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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lovely visit

We had a lovely time at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Although small there was plenty to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bath, United Kingdom
Very good centre for kids and adults - the fossil walks are great

The museum upstairs is small but some great stuff. We went on a fossil walk which had a really good... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Daniel P
Greater London, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LR, England
+44 1297 560772
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 October 2009

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre is in a smallish building right on the edge of the beach. Downstairs there is a Cafe and a couple of small shops, unsurprisingly given the world heritage 'jurassic coast' status of the area, one of them is a fossil shop....More

8  Thank El_Badgerino
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 August 2012

Your museum is too small and the the shop is too big I hope you realize that I didnt enjoy it and I want it to become a bigger museum instead of a so bigger shop Thank you, Nathan At LastMore

4  Thank Nathan A
CharmouthHeritage, Manager at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2015

Hello, Since your comment we have revamped and changed round the interior of the Centre and, you will be happy to hear, that our shop is smaller than it was. As we are a small independent charity, we need to generate funds through our small...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely time at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Although small there was plenty to keep my 5 and 2 year old daughters entertained. They especially loved looking for fossils in the sand and brass rubbing. The perfect way to start our day...More

Thank holliejanemorris
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum upstairs is small but some great stuff. We went on a fossil walk which had a really good introductory talk about fossils, the different periods of life from Triassic onwards and how to find fossils followed by a fossil hunt on the beach....More

Thank Daniel P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such knowledgable instructors and staff. We had a fab morning fossil finding and learnt so much. Our 7 year old is hooked on finding fossils now! Great Centre with lots of artefacts and information.

Thank dasherdog2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Charity status and entrance is free but please leave a donation. First visit and the displays are a good mix of traditional museum like stuff and others which are hands on. Great for people like me who like the sensory hands on learning experience. Stuff...More

Thank Lesley Crawford B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to visit the Heritage Centre while in the area. As it doesnt open until 10.30 we started with a walk along the beach fossil hunting. The centre is upstairs and has a wealth of information about local finds and a well stocked shop with...More

Thank Lian S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is an amazingly interesting place to visit. Lots fossils to look at great beach walks and finish off with a fab cup tea and a lovely cream tea. Bliss what more could you want. The dogs loved every minute. Go Visit closed October to...More

Thank Janet V
Reviewed 14 October 2018

An interesting place to go to find out more about fossils and the local area. There is a small shop and loads of volunteers around who will provide information.

Thank nellynora
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

This small little Heritage Centre/Museum is situated on Charmouth Beach. In my opinion it should be called a Museum it Coastal Centre probably encourages more families to take a look. It is small, but has so much information & things to see inside that will...More

Thank places2seeplaces2go
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Certainly one of the smallest museums I have visited. The information gives you a taster of the rich geology of the area. There are interactive exhibits for the young ones, and of course, it is home to the famous Richard Attenborough “dragon”. There are organised...More

Thank paulc19642017
Reviewed 5 October 2018

This is a great start to leaning about the Jurassic Coast. Ideal for all ages, it sets out how fossils are created,the geology of the area, how they are discovered and retrieved from the rock. There are also a couple of aquariums with small fish,...More

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4 September 2018|
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Response from CharmouthHeritage | Property representative |
The guided fossil walks are for all ages and we walk for 5-10 minutes down the beach before we start our search. We take our time so there is no rush to keep up with everyone else. The time of day for fossil hunting... More
James M
13 May 2018|
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Response from A G | Reviewed this property |
Belemnites and Ammonites mostly, if you go to the Heritage centre first the volunteers will show you what they are and which rocks and areas to find them.. Be careful near the cliffs as they can fall at any time,
Ken A
19 August 2017|
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Response from Lisa C | Reviewed this property |
You can take dogs on the West beach in the summer season but not on the East beach.