Gateway to the Jurassic Coast

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Visit the Centre to see our amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach. Our guided fossil hunting walks are a great family day out on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. With free entry to the Centre, come and meet the Charmouth Dinosaur and explore the past and present of this incredible coastline.

The Centre is an independent educational charity and we provide a large and varied programme of events and activities which run all year round including Fossil Hunting Walks and Rockpool Rambles. We have over 6,000 children visit us each year on educational trips and we have over 25 years of experience of leading school sessions.

We are located on the first floor of the large building situated on the beach at Charmouth. The Centre is the perfect place to visit before heading out on to the beach to find fossils, with interactive computers, fossil touch table, fossil beach, Jurassic Theatre and a video microscope to examine your fossil finds. There is also information and displays on the geology, and coastal wildlife of the area, including a marine rockpool aquarium.

Charmouth - Perfect Holiday Destination

The world famous Jurassic beach at Charmouth was recently voted one of the 21 Best Beaches In The World by National Geographic.

While renowned for its fossils, Charmouth beach also offers safe swimming and large sandy areas with plenty of space for everyone.

Miles of spectacular coastal and inland walks provide quiet tranquility for both the active who want to explore the South West Coast Path, and those who just want a gentle stroll in West Dorset's Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Charmouth is the ideal base for visiting the Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis, Dorset's beauty spots and National Trust locations, the area where Broadchurch was filmed, and Dorset's wonderful towns and villages. Yet it is easily accessible in just 3.5 hours from the Midlands and London.

Charmouth has a wide choice of places to stay from hotels and bed & breakfast, to self catering, and of course holiday parks with camping, caravans, and lodges. In addition an excellent selection of shops and places to eat and drink ensure that all your needs are catered for within the village.