Mr Wood's Fossils
Mr Wood's Fossils
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Edinburgh's famous fossil shop was established in 1987 by Stan Wood, a self-taught fossil hunter. Since then we've gone on to forge an international reputation for beautiful and fascinating fossils from all around the world, as well as a wide range of minerals, meteorites and jewellery. We go out of our way to hand pick our stock as much as possible, and try to get as close to the original sources as we can to ensure we always have a strong selection of great value, high quality fossils for sale. Popular favourites include ammonites, dinosaur and shark teeth, fossil fish, trilobites and mammoth hair. We welcome browsers, and are used to answering questions, so feel free to take your time.
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Paces3
Reigate, UK6 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Amazing shop full of interesting artefacts!
The owner is super knowledgable and there are some amazing objects to see/purchase.
Last time I was there I bought a 52,000,000 year old fossilised fish which looked like it should be in a museum rather than available to buy. Well worth a trip if you’re in Edinburgh
Written 11 May 2023
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Thank you, Paces. You can start your own museum now.
Written 12 May 2023
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Strollerman
UK384 contributions
May 2023
This is a favourite haunt for visiting relatives, especially the young ones as there is something for all levels of pocket money. This is a shop kept by a qualified and helpful curator, happy to impart knowledge and advise.

As such it is also a great place to shop for presents to help build their collection. I visited today with such a purpose. Undecided between two fine examples, I dug deep and bought them both.
Written 11 May 2023
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Thanks, Strollerman. No regrets, I hope. I think I remember which they were - they should be well appreciated.
Written 12 May 2023
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Charles S
Port Wing2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
I can’t say enough good things about Mr Wood’s fossils. They were extremely helpful and kind. I was looking for something special and they found it for me in the basement. He went the extra mile for me.
Great fossils, rough rock and jewelry, something for everyone. Next time I’m in Edinburg Scotland, you can bet I’ll be back. Thanks so much
Written 5 May 2023
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Thank you very much, Charles. There's something in the basement for everyone.
Written 9 May 2023
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Janice E
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Solo
This is such a great shop, so much interesting stock, minerals and fossils, I rarely leave empty handed. Just been in to collect some lovely trilobites which were new in, the start of a new collection! So helpful, and always lots of detail about everything you buy. Brilliant.
Written 27 April 2023
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Thanks, Janice. Plenty more trilobites waiting...
Written 28 April 2023
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Leah
4 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Lovely shop with a huge selection of stones and fossils and a super knowledgeable owner. Enjoyed browsing and bought a very unique two-piece fossil. Reasonable prices. A little unexpected gem, enjoy!
Written 27 April 2023
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Thank you, lushkins. Hope the ammonite goes down well.
Written 28 April 2023
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Manny-rugby
2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Wow! What an amazing shop! Such a variety of fossils, minerals and jewellery too. I like that there are small pocket money items for kids too. You get labels telling you about the things you buy (name, age, locality) so you don’t forget. My new purchases look lovely on my table!
I’d advise anyone in the area to visit this fantastic spot 😉
Written 26 April 2023
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Thank you, Manny. We make sure there's something for everyone.
Written 27 April 2023
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Andrew C
Trondheim, Norway2 contributions
Apr 2023
Great little shop that stocks some rare and interesting fossils and minerals alongside more common but beautiful specimens. The owner, Matt, knows his stuff and prices are good. Always a joy to visit and see what’s new.
Written 24 April 2023
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Thank you, Andrew.
Written 25 April 2023
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Happiness02715192415
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Couples
Amazing selection of fossils, great service and found exactly what we were looking for. Will definitely be visiting again, well worth a visit if exploring Edinburgh!
Written 17 April 2023
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Thank you, Happiness.
Written 18 April 2023
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gary h
2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Visited Mr wood's fossils on Saturday. Got a fantastic fossil at a great price.

Matt was Really knowledgeable and answered lots of questions.
Thankyou again
Written 17 April 2023
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Thank you, Gary. Appreciate you taking the time to leave a review.
Written 18 April 2023
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Christy
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Friends
I love coming through to Edinburgh, and I always visit the store. I have bought many fossils/ and crystals over the years, but unfortunately the customer service today was very poor. The guy serving made out that asking to see behind the glass cabinets was a chore, and even sighed loudly when I asked, no conversation or smiles very rude, a real shame when the shop is so beautiful.
Written 15 April 2023
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I'm very sorry to hear this. I will speak to the individual concerned.
Written 17 April 2023
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MR WOOD'S FOSSILS: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Mr Wood's Fossils is open:
  • Mon - Thu 09:00 - 17:00
  • Fri - Fri 09:00 - 17:30
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:30