We have taken the difficult decision to close the Centre to the public until August. This decision has been made by our charity’s trustees in light of the government’s decision to avoid all non essential social contact. We feel that we must play our part in stemming the spread of Coronavirus and to protect our staff, volunteers and visitors.


We will be running private fossil hunting walks during August. We have started to schedule these in so head to our Events Calendar for more information and to book your places. More dates will become available soon, so keep checking back if it doesn’t look like we’ve scheduled one for your preferred date yet.


Please continue to email in photos of your fossil finds, and the Centre Team will ID them virtually! We will still be monitoring the Fossil Collecting Code and recording scheme, so please also contact us if you believe you have found a key scientific fossil from the West Dorset Coast or Undercliffs reserve.


Thank you for your understanding, support and patience during this challenging time.


The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Team.


Welcome to Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Inside the CentreVisit 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.

Read more about the Centre here

Attenborough’s Sea Dragon Attenborough’s Sea Dragon

The incredible ichthyosaur that starred in the BBC documentary ‘Attenborough and the Sea Dragon’ is now on display at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre for all to see and learn about this unique fossil.

The ichthyosaur was discovered by local collector Chris Moore who has loaned the Sea Dragon to the Centre for a year. The Centre has free entry and is on the beach at Charmouth, one of the best and safest areas to collect fossils on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Find out more here

Organised fossil hunting walksFossil Events

You can …

  • join us for a guided fossil walk and take home your own fossil from the Jurassic Coast
  • join the warden team at the Centre for a whole day or weekend of fossil hunting and activities for families and children
  • join us for an informative day of lectures and guided walks introducing the science of geology and palaeontology using Charmouth as a case study

Find out more about our fossil events

hermit crabMarine Events

You can …

  • come along to one of our Rock Pool Rambles
  • join us for one of our Plankton Trawls and discover the underwater world of Lyme Bay

Find out more about our marine events

Education and Schools

Our range of curriculum linked activities offers a hands on experience for all ages and abilities.

Find out more: Primary Schools | Secondary Schools