Britain's original dinosaur museum has a fascinating mixture of fossils, skeletons, life-size reconstructions and interactive displays such as the 'feelies', colour box and parasaurlophus sound. There are hands on and cinematic presentations providing an all-round family attraction with something new each year. There is a Great Dinosaur Easter Egg Hunt every Easter school holiday and the summer dinosaur hunt.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Many displays at lower levels, AV displays, interactive displays, exhibitions to touch, ramp available for step at entrance
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily Jan-Mar and Oct-Dec 10-4; Apr-Sep 10-5. Closed 13-26 Dec
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About the area
Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.
Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing.
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