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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LR, England
+44 1297 560772
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Friendly & Informative

The exhibits are informative and the staff are very helpful and patient - they answered myriad... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wendy M
Shame it was raining.

Lovely visitor centre above the fossil shop. Exhibition of "David Attenborough's fossil" - very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Helen H
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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 hunting” (123 reviews)
“free entry” (13 reviews)
“all ages” (24 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Bridport DT6 6LR, England
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+44 1297 560772
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits are informative and the staff are very helpful and patient - they answered myriad fossil-hunting questions and looked at some of our finds.

Thank Wendy M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely visitor centre above the fossil shop. Exhibition of "David Attenborough's fossil" - very informative and brilliant info for starting out fossil hunting. Timed fossil hunts. Wanted to explore the beach but weather awful so saving that for a return visit. Reasonable parking costs. Charity...More

Thank Helen H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small but informative centre. Staff were excellent and good interactive exhibits for young children. Especially the local fossils they could touch and explore. Sieving for microfossils was well worth the money. Fossil walk was excellent, even during a down pour. The talk was really well...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place! It’s not very big but considering it’s free entry (donations requested), this is a must visit for anyone interested in learning about fossils and how to find them. They run fossil hunting walks as well but we didn’t have time to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked a fossil walk with the family as first time hunters & the kids described it as the best part of the holiday ! The centre itself is packed full of amazing finds and infuriation. If you book a fossil walk you want be disappointed!...More

Thank Darren G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time looking for fossils with the guides who were very informative and knew their stuff. High recommended but book in advance

Thank Hawesdp
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a brief visit but one which exceeded expectations. Simple, well laid out displays chronicling the local coasts' overwhelming contribution to archaeology. A must see.

Thank Terry C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very enjoyable and interesting. Very friendly cafe on a very wet day. Lots of people visiting. Museum very informative about the Jurassic Coast line.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out and came home with a fossil great for all ages and dogs will visit again parking reasonable

Thank Trisha T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great to have plenty of fossils that can be picked up and explored, with very helpful staff. Attenborough’s Sea Dragon is well presented, as are many of the other fossils, some found quite recently including a huge ammonite. The captions were detailed and informative for...More

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Ken A
August 19, 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.
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June D
August 3, 2015|
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Response from CharmouthHeritage | Property representative |
Hi June, There is a book on sale in the centre that has all the tide times and the daily tide times are up in the centre. All the tide times websites I have looked for online are different to the tide times in the book we... More
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