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 Heritage Coast Centre in Dorset
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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. 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.

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up
    Sandyholme

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse