Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre in Dorset

Charmouth Coast Heritage Centre

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Dorset,

01297 560772

Learn about fossil hunting and the Jurassic Coast at the Charmouth Coast Heritage Centre.

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6.9 miles from Highlands End
4.7 miles from Golden Cap
10.2 miles from Graston Copse
30.1 miles from Sandyholme

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Charmouth Coast Heritage Centre is situated just moments from Charmouth’s acclaimed beach. The centre houses an impressive display of fossils and gives visitors an insight into the geology of the Jurassic Coast. Information boards explain each of the geological periods and give a brief overview of the work of Mary Anning, an early fossil hunter.

Interactive displays and a video microscope are available for visitors to use. Little ones can get hands on with a number of children’s activities, including the sandpit where they can uncover their own fossils. There is also a short film in the ‘Jurassic Theatre’, which gives practical advise on fossil hunting and the history of the museum. Please note there is a small fee for this facility.

The highlight of many peoples visit to the Coast Heritage Centre, is the Ichthyosaur, which starred in David Attenborough’s BBC documentary ‘the sea dragon’. Find out more about this impressive creature and the great lengths the team went to excavate it from the cliffs.

The museum also focuses on the marine life that inhabits the waters of Lyme Bay and has a small aquarium, which showcases the colourful creatures you can find in the rock pools at low water.

Guided fossil hunting walks

There are a dedicated team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteer staff who run guided fossil hunting walks and rock pooling rambles, to help encourage sustainable and safe fossil hunting practice. These two hour trips begin with an informative presentation, which tells you what you should be looking out for.

The small on site shop sells rocks and fossils as well as fossil hunting equipment, which can be used as you explore the nearby beach.

Getting here

Admission is free however visitors can leave a small donation to help the charitable trust maintain the displays. Adjacent to the museum you will find a cafe serving up a range of tasty treats throughout the year. There is a pay and display car park nearby.

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Our Awards & Accreditations

Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset and the South West. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park - there is more information on the pages for each park.

dorset tourism awards gold 2021/222021 travelers choice tripadvisor awarddavid bellamy blooming marvellous pledge for nature 2022david bellamy conservation gold award 2020/21taste of the west south west england award 2022david bellmay conservation award honey bee friendly park awardgolden cap holiday park commended south westthe queens green canopy platinum jubilee logoplastic free champion surfers against sewage

What our guests say

  • The Most Magical Campsite

    We have just come back from the most magical few days staying at Highlands End. In fact, it was so good we extended our stay by a few days whilst on park. We are new to campsites and this was beyond my expectations

    Mr Scott - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Happy second visit

    Perfectly clean, ample space, lovely views, close to everything, what more could be asked for?

    Dan Pipper - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Well maintained and quiet

    Lovely clean and tidy site. well maintained and quiet in walking distance to Hive Beach and West Bay only a couple of miles away over the coastal walk.

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    Graston Copse

  • Friendliest park on the Dorset coast

    Possibly the friendliest park on the Dorset coast. Staff are exceptional, very helpful and keep the place spotless. The views are fantastic. Showers and toilets are very modern and extremely clean.

    Mr Leck - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic

    This is a lovely quiet, friendly, well maintained site with very friendly, helpful staff who are knowledgeable about the local area and more than happy to pass on useful information to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

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  • Wonderful three night stay

    Our pitch was spacious and quiet. The facilities were clean and a generous number of showers etc whatever time we needed them. A very picturesque site and plenty to do straight from the van without the need to drive

    Rachel L - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • Beautiful weekend away

    This park is in a wonderful location. The local village is beautiful and only a 15 min walk along the river. The beach is then another 15 minutes along - again a beautiful walk. We were blessed with amazing weather so we spent the afternoon on Hive Beach.

    Clairey16 - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Ideal base for exploring

    Ideal base for exploring Dorset , everywhere we wanted to visit was within easy reach . Site itself was very good, nice and quite and clean and staff very friendly.

    James S - Tripadvisor