The Centre is now closed following the latest government restrictions. We are currently not taking bookings for fossil hunting walks. Check our events calendar for the latest updates on fossil walk availability.


New safety measures will be in place across the Centre to keep our volunteers, staff and visitors as safe as possible. We have completed all our coronavirus checks and preparations and have signed up to the Visit England ‘We’re Good to Go’. While we are now open, please continue to respect the Tier you are in, and follow your local restrictions. This applies to both visiting the Centre and for Guided Fossil Hunting Walks. 


Entry to the Centre is FREE and no booking required. We are reducing our visitor numbers, so a queuing system will be in place from the front entrance of the building. We are following the government guidelines with track and trace details too. Sanitising stations are in place at the entrances and inside the Centre. Don’t forget your face coverings, as these are now a requirement when inside the Heritage Centre!


We are running private fossil hunting walks for groups/families of up to 5. We have scheduled these in so head to our Events Calendar for more information and to book your places.


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

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