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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LR, England
+44 1297 560772
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A free admission makes this a most pleasant place to visit

lots on display, many items collected by amateurs who are almost professional! Great place to take... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pamela W
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London, United Kingdom
An interesting place to visit.

We always visit the Centre on our trips to Charmouth, and find the staff very friendly and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Angela S
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Richmond, 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 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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“fossil walk” (39 reviews)
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Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LR, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

lots on display, many items collected by amateurs who are almost professional! Great place to take children too. Run by volunteers?

Thank Pamela W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We always visit the Centre on our trips to Charmouth, and find the staff very friendly and welcoming. There is plenty of information about the Jurassic period, and the staff will answer any questions you may have. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank Angela S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When you're really interested in fossils, i think this is a really interesting place. It is free entrance, that's why we went in, and it was nice to see, but that's it.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the organised tour and looked for fossils with the professional guides. It's a really interesting and different way to spend a day in the beach and we found so many fossils, we were like kids!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right on the beach with a good collection of interesting things for sale could not go upstairs as it's not dog frendly

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely great! Full of really useful tips on finding fossils. Lots of information about the ecosystem on the jurassic time. Staff were wondeful and helpful. Well worth a quick visit if you are fossil hunting. And if you're not lucky in finding a fossil you...More

Thank Russell W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unusually its free! Well worth a look ,interesting displays, informative staff. Have a look at the Fossil shop underneath, although if your looking for a local souvenir ,read the labels, many are not from Dorset!

Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited Charmouth on a very wet June day, and visited the exhibition. Was pleasantly surprised with the exhibition, which is well laid out & informative, all fascinating, you are able to view the exhibits in a unhurried manner and it wasn't too crowded. Free entry,...More

Thank John H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Large collection of fossils including (at the moment ) the Ichthyosaur found in Lyme Regis that was featured in a BBC program , free entry and a great reasonably priced fossil shop on the lower ground level .

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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Asked where was the best place to look for Fossils and was informed very abruptly “the beach” which was where I was intending to go funnily enough! No further information was forthcoming from, in my opinion a very rude person I certainly wouldn’t ask her...More

Thank ladylinda23
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CharmouthHeritage, Director of Sales at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

I am very sorry to hear you were not given more information about fossil hunting here in Charmouth. We have over 60 volunteers here who are all given full training, so we do apologise you were not given a more friendly service. We will deal...More

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James M
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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,
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Ken A
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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.
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