History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Much of the coast of Dorset has been designated a World Heritage Site for its geological importance. Dubbed "The Jurassic Coast", this area, stretches 95 miles from Studland Bay in the east to Exmouth in Devon.
Joining such natural wonders as Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and the Grand Canyon in the US as World Heritage Sites, the Juarassic Coast offers visitors an extraordinary glimpse into how our landscape was formed over time. In addition, the area is famous for the abundance of fossils which can be found there, ranging from simple ammonite shells to dinosaur skeletons.
The best place for visitors to try their hand at fossil hunting is at Charmouth, West Dorset. The visitor parking lot at Charmouth gives access to the beach, and a short stroll along the beach often results in discovery of small fossils.
The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre (contact details below) provides information about the area's unique geology and tips for what to look for as you explore. They also offer regular guided fossil walks, which offer adults and children an introduction to fossil hunting under the leadership of an expert guide.
Coastal visitor centres
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West Dorset Heritage Coast
About Jurassic Coast
Address: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Dorset, England, DT6 6LL
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: In the village of Charmouth, 3 miles from Lyme Regis.
Website: Jurassic Coast
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Whitchurch Canonicorum, St Candida & Holy Cross Church - 2.2 miles (Historic Church)
Monkton Wyld, St Andrew's Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Axminster Heritage Centre - 5.3 miles (Museum)
Musbury, St Michael's Church - 5.6 miles (Historic Church)
Forde Abbey - 6.6 miles (Historic House)
Bothenhampton, Holy Trinity Old Church - 6.8 miles (Historic Church)
Axmouth, St Michael's Church - 6.9 miles (Historic Church)
Colyton, St Andrew's Church - 7.4 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Jurassic Coast: