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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Closed Now: 10:30 - 16:30
Open today: 10:30 - 16:30
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A free museum that was very interesting, showing lots of fossils and the history of the area... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Fun fossil hunt

We booked a fossil hunt through the centre. It was a cold day in January where we could have been... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Uckfield, 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A free museum that was very interesting, showing lots of fossils and the history of the area. Would have enjoyed the fossil walk but when we arrived we were too late.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Cookiescot
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a fossil hunt through the centre. It was a cold day in January where we could have been tempted to stay by the wood burner. Having pre-booked this out we when and we were glad we did. The centre itself was interesting. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KEW13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make this your first stop when visiting the Jurassic coast, learn about fossils, book fossil hunting trips and more or just take a dip in the lovely, clean water. The coastal path is well worth a walk for the challenges and stunning views.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mark W
Reviewed 19 December 2018

If you're visiting Charmouth beach chances are you'll at very least have a casual look amongst the stones for a fossil so go take a look inside the visitor centre to see what it's all about. And if you're lucky enough to find something you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HCT1962
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday before a fossil hunt on Charmouth beach. The ladies were very friendly and informative. After a nice walk on the beach we took our findings back and were advised what we had found plus given recommendations of other places to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vonney75
Reviewed 31 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank holliejanemorris
Reviewed 30 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Daniel P
Reviewed 24 October 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dasherdog2016
Reviewed 19 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lesley Crawford B
Reviewed 18 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lian S
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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.