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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth
(4.5/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre is based in the upstairs floor of a long-disused cement factory on the foreshore of Charmouth in Dorset, England.The centre operates as an independent charitable trust within the larger framework of the UNESCO Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, known as the "Jurassic Coast". The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 155km, from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to Old Harry Rocks, in the east. The coastal exposures along the coastline provide a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earths history. The localities along the Jurassic Coast includes a large range of important fossil zones.Entry to the centre and all of its displays is free and, as such, the centre is dependent upon money generated from walks and events as well as charitable donations from the public. The centre was set up in 1985 by local residents, in response to concerns about damage being done to the cliffs by fossil hunters. The role of the centre has always been primarily as an educator and it has undergone several phases of expansion as the demand from the public and from school groups has risen.
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  • This must be the 5th or 6th time i've visited and finally got round to a review! Heritage Centre is always very interesting to walk around and i did the fossil walk for the first time having wanted to...  more »
  • The beach is great for fossil hunting. You can hire a hamer and gogles in the fossil shop. The staff upstairs in the center were extremely friendly and helpful and there is a decent cafe with home mad...  more »
  • Excellent little fossil museum and worth popping into if you've been along the beach or are visiting the fossil shop. It's free and there are a few activities for children to do at a very small cost. ...  more »
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  • Not only for kids. We only went for a stroll and ended up spending 3 hours fossil hunting, and my wife found one. Be prepared to be engrossed. Nice walk and would certainly keep older children amused.
  • Very good place to start your adventure. Well worth a trip.
  • Amazing place and we return every year. Happy dog place
  • Seriously, there's a kid in every single one of us. Sure they won't trust you with a rock hammer (on your first go). But I guarantee you'll be buying your own after exploring real history that not only do you get to keep. But, you're actually saving from the sea. You don't need to know an ichthyosaurs from a twig. They'll help you find your very own something magical. Go on. You know you want to.
  • Rocky and sandy at low tide with great walks and a Jurassic coast heritage centre. Great family day out by the sea