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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth

(4.5/5 based on 420+ 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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  • Excellent centre. Very interesting exhibition, helpful staff and beautiful jewelery for sale plus other gifts. Great for kids. The fossil walks are amazing and very good value. 
  • Excellent day, helpful staff who were wonderful at engaging with the kids and bringing the subject to life. Thank you 
  • We booked online onto a fossil hunting trip at half term- a family of 5- £28 for a great 2hrs with friendly and very knowledgeable staff. I cannot recommend this enough- we found all sorts of (tiny!) ...  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