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 Village

The West Dorset village of Charmouth is at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. One mile to the historic town of Lyme Regis, Charmouth has its own distinct identity and is renowned worldwide for its fossil beaches.

It's not just the fossils that make Charmouth such an attractive holiday destination. The beach is safe for children of all ages as it shelves very gently and low tide reveals wide expanses of sand and many rock pools.

Away from beach there are spectacular cliff and inland walks surrounding the village as well as the glorious West Dorset Countryside.

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.