In January 2016 a local fossil hunter, Chris Moore, discovered a brand new species of Ichthyosaur in Lyme Regis and Sir David Attenborough helped uncover the story behind the Sea Dragon!

Discovery of The Sea Dragon

Chris first discovered the new species of fish lizard following a storm in January 2016 when a large block of limestone fell onto the beach containing a cross section of fossil which turned out to be the creature’s 2 flippers.

The remains of the dragon had been hidden in Dorset’s cliffs for over 200 million years yet the bones were so well preserved that it provides a real insight into the lives of these remarkable sea creatures which ruled the seas at the same time as the dinosaurs ruled the land.

The incredible ichthyosaur that starred in the BBC documentary ‘Attenborough and the Sea Dragon’ will be on display at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre during 2018 for all to see.

Dorset’s outdoor laboratory

The Jurassic Coast is of such scientific importance it’s like an outdoor laboratory where discovery and exploration go hand in hand.

Jurassic Coast, Dorset is one of the richest sites in the world for pre-historic remains

Renowned as being one of the richest heritage sites for pre-historic remains, this stretch of coast is the perfect playground to unearth your own treasures of scientific significance.

Uncover a real Jurassic world

Dorset’s world famous Jurassic coast is flecked with fossils waiting to be discovered.  Book a break to Dorset and join a guided fossil walk and relish the feeling of excitement and anticipation of what you might discover.  Perhaps you’ll uncover a sea dragon of your own!

Discover fossils millions of years old in Dorset

Dippy on Tour

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus skeleton cast, fondly known as “Dippy” begins his nationwide tour in 2018. We’re delighted to welcome him on his first stop for a 12-week stay at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester from February until the 8th of May.

Not just for fossils!

There’s more to Dorset than just fossils!  Our coast is simply stunning with fabulous walks which offer far reaching, spectacular views at every twist and turn.

Enjoy the Jurassic Coast with adventurous sports with Cumulus Adventure

View the coastline from a totally different perspective by taking a kayak tour out on the open water or blast through the waves on a high speed RIB ride.  If you’re a bit of thrill seeker then why not tackle our shores on a guided coasteering adventure!

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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
Heritage/Visitor Centre
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

The centre offers hands-on displays, interactive computers and information about fossils and fossil hunting. Guided walks and activities throughout the year.

Jurassic Coast Guides
Walking Tour
Jurassic Coast Guides

We offer professional guided walks, tours and fossil hunts anywhere along the full length of the Jurassic Coast and surrounding areas. There is so much to be discovered within the World Heritage site. Not only is there 95 miles of breathtaking coastline, but delve a little deeper and you can physically 'walk throught time' as it reveals 185 million years of life on earth, showcasing the three Dinosaur periods known as Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

Lyme Regis Museum
Museum
New interactive geology fossil gallery Lyme Regis Museum

The Museum stands in the heart of the town, where the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet. Built on the site of the family home of Lyme's renowned fossilist Manry Anning, the building has great idiosyncratic charm.

Dippy on Tour
Museum
Dippy on Tour

The excitement is certainly building as we hear the sound of familiar footsteps heading to Dorset County Museum. Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s beloved Diplodocus is on his way to Dorset to see you lovely lot.

Dorset County Museum
Museum
Dorset County Museum

Archaeology, natural history, and geology of Dorset. Local and agricultural history displays. Gallery of Dorset's writers, including Thomas Hardy's study reconstruction. Up to 2 accompanied children go free, each additional child £1

Museum of Jurassic Marine Life - The Etches Collection
Museum
The Etches Collection - Museum of Jurassic Marine Life

The finest single collection of Late Jurassic age fossils in Britain, housed in a purpose built, brand new immersive museum in the village of Kimmeridge, Dorset. Discovered and collected by just one man, Dr Steve Etches MBE, the amazing exhibition is the result of a lifetimes work. Watch sea monsters swimming above whilst the exceptionally preserved and prepared fossils encased below provide a unique insight into how these marine creatures bred, lived and died.

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