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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 380+ 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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  • Great place for fossil information (free of charge centre), and a good cuppa and quick cafe food plus a specialist fossil shop 
  • We were told to go on an organised fossil hunt so we knew what we would be looking for and I would definitely recommend the ones run by the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. They start with a twenty mi...  read more »
  • Popped our head round to look and very interesting artifacts and information about Jurassic coast run voluntarily. Well worth a look. 
  • 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.
  • An excellent day looking for fossils with the children during October half term 2014. Despite the large numbers in the organised fossil hunt, all children had the opportunity to be well included and the talk before going down to the beach was very engaging and set the scene really well. Meirel has a great way with the children. Our two got really stuck in and were delighted with the response they got from Meirel when they shared their discoveries with her. Thank you for a memorable experience and for making it so accessible and interesting for our young children.
  • Good place to let the kids search for real fosils
  • A brilliant place to learn about fossils, even for Neanderthals like me!
  • Charming place well worth a visit
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