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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LR, England
+44 1297 560772
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Unusually its free! Well worth a look ,interesting displays, informative staff. Have a look at the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Peter F
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London, United Kingdom
Interesting exhibition

Visited Charmouth on a very wet June day, and visited the exhibition. Was pleasantly surprised... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
John H
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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 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” (38 reviews)
“free entry” (14 reviews)
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Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LR, England
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+44 1297 560772
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Reviewed 3 days 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 5 days 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the shop downstairs you can hire a hammer-we found a good few specimens (enough to please us newbs) in a relatively short space of time.

Thank Polkadotcotton
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic fossil walk here during half term. My children were education in such a fun way by finding their own fossils. The staff who organise and run the fossil walk were so educated, enthusiastic and motivational with the children. This is a must when visiting...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Son & hubby enjoyed this but I was unable to manage stairs so unable to fully comment x Shop downstairs. And toilet behind downstairs

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CharmouthHeritage, Manager at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We do have ramp access at the side of the building and a large sign for this at the bottom of the stairs. Sorry that you missed this and hope you come back to Charmouth again and visit us.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time in the Heritage Centre, our son is really interested in sea life at the moment, and he loved passing on his knowledge to the other visitors!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place, the staff are friendly and informative. It sells a range of things from toys (dinosaur related) all the way up to fossil hunting kits (hammers and goggles) and guides and has displays and interactive areas with activities on certain times of...More

Thank Laurieloo1984
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very small compact centre with all the info you need for the basics of the Jurassic coast and fossil hunting. Am a bit bothered that they sell hammers to kids to go around smashing rocks with!! Is this not adding to the speed of...More

Thank suenhelen
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CharmouthHeritage, Manager at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. In answer to your question about hammers, we sell these as they are a tool for finding a certain type of calcite ammonite here. We are allowed to collect loose fossils on the beach because if no one picked up...More

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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,
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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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