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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth

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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 museum is free entry, just give a donation upon leaving. For such a tiny enclave, Charmouth has much to offer. Judging by all the fossil hunters on the beach, armed with hammers & protective gogg...  more »
  • The Heritage Coast Centre's fossil museum was very interesting and informative, including the very good short film on the Jurassic Coast and finding fossils at Charmouth. Don't miss this museum!  more »
  • This was a lovely place with good parking near the beach and not coasting much at all. We were on the side allowing dogs and there was plenty to dig in terms of the fossils. Very friendly with nice pl...  more »
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  • Make sure you bring change as between the shops here you won't find one friendly owner willing to change a 5 pound note for coins for parking as meters are coins only. Apparently it isn't policy to change a note. Sad fact is had we parked we were going to eat at the cafe and would have spent money in the shop so if their policy is not having customers, making money and turning away 2 children then they are doing a good. Luckily we found a spot further along where business owners went that extra mile and we nice towards my children
  • Great free attraction - giving you all the information you need to go fossil hunting on the beach. You can buy the kit you need too and there are lots of interactive activities for kids too
  • Lovely stone beach with shallow water to paddle in. We were there on a fossil hunt with a fabulous guide from Newlands Caravan Park who had the expert knowledge to guide us on our fossil hunt.
  • Really nicely put together little centre right on the seafront. Great fossil hunting trips with passionate and interesting guides.
  • Very informative place, good video and very welcoming and informed staff.