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 

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

It is the Great Dorset Beach Clean this coming weekend! We are running a beach clean on Saturday at 3pm.

Meet at the bottom of the Heritage Centre Steps. Equipment is provided but limited so please bring along your own gloves and a litter picker if you have one!
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Happy Easter to all our visitors and supporters!

Many thanks for the Easter egg we received this week from returning visitors. It of course had to be hit open with a geological hammer!

Happy Easter!
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We as some amazing creatures in today’s rockpool ramble. We had this huge spider crab covered in seaweed. We also had this other crab we’ve yet to identify.

We had an abundance of fish, crabs, prawns and even some little brittle stars too.

Our next rockpool ramble is 19th May and you can book through our website or over the phone.
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We had this fantastic calcite ammonite found on the walk today, by a very excited boy on his holidays!

We are fully booked for fossil walks until Monday! Book online or over the phone.
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