Charmouth ~ Gateway to the Jurassic Coast
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Charmouth is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, an ancient coastline of dramatic cliffs, fossils and beautiful scenery. Ideal for a family holiday away from brash amusements and expensive visitor attractions - re-discover traditional holiday pastimes, enjoy the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre and look for fossils as well.
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.
What can you find out about on the Heritage Coast website?
The West Dorset village of Charmouth is at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. One mile to the east of the Regency 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.
The village itself is home to just less than two thousand people and is a thriving community all year round. There is an excellent primary school near the beach and a good selection of shops, restaurants hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks, more than could be expected in a village of its size. We hope you enjoy looking around the website. If there are any comments you would like to make or questions you need answering you can do so through the contact form.
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