Lyme Regis, Dorset
Lyme Regis, Dorset
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

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
Tel  01297 560772

Chesil Beach Centre
Ferrybridge, Beach Road
Tel 01305 760579

Portland Bill Visitor Centre
Tel: 01305 861233

Kimmeridge Marine Centre
Kimmeridge Bay
Tel: 01929 481044

Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre
Main Road
West Lulworth
Dorset, BH20 5QS
Tel: 01929 400 587

Swanage Heritage Centre
The Square
High Street
Tel: 01929 427420

Purbeck Information & Heritage Centre
Holy Trinity Church
South Street
BH20 4LU
Tel: 01929 552740

Studland Visitor Centre
Knoll Beach
Tel: 01929 450259

Jurassic - the official guide to the Jurassic Coast
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
Dorset Tourist Information Centres

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
Location map
OS: SY3657093470

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