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 registered charity 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. It has also received Heritage Lottery Fund grants. 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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  • Beach was great for fossil hunting and very dog friendly. The Heritage centre was free and had some great fossils found locally on view. Little shop below full of gems and fossils in case you failed t...  more »
  • Lovely blustery cold day on the beach. Hot chocolate in the beach Cafe and an interesting visit to the heritage centre which houses a lovely little collection of local finds, some of which are big in ...  more »
  • We have visited the heritage centre a number of times and been really impressed. It's free to have a look around and has some really interesting fossils. The addition of the Attenborough sea dragon is...  more »
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  • Well worth a visit. Very informative and hands on activities for the children. We went on one of the fossil walks - we would really recommend these as otherwise we would have spent fruitless hours relying on luck. Need to book in advance as these walks are popular.
  • Good family -friendly place to learn more about the area. Will especially appeal to children who live dinosaurs.
  • Great insight into the fossils to be found in the area. Friendly helpful stuff.
  • Rating is solely based on the visitor centre which is excellent, affordable and informative. Staff are ready to help and the acceptance of credit/debit card is welcome when none often the other shops or cat parks do
  • Lovely discovery centre. Great fossil walk!

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