Discover the Jurassic Coast for British Science Week 2018
Discover the Jurassic Coast for British Science Week 2018
The Jurassic Coast is the setting for some amazing attractions, visitor centres and museums. But big or small, old or new – all tell compelling stories of the stunning Jurassic Coast and its incredible communities.
The ‘Jurassic Coast’ Natural World Heritage Site stretches 95 miles from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Purbeck, Dorset.
It’s an extraordinarily unique place because it reveals 185 million years of Planet Earth’s history. There are lots of amazing attractions, visitor centres and museums to discover along the way.
Each has its own take on the Jurassic Coast – from famous fossils and incredible marine wildlife to smugglers, pirates and incredible experiences to enjoy.
This incredible place is OCEANROCKS home and the inspiration behind our stunning T-shirt, top and fashion designs from awesome Ichthyosaur sea dragon fossils to incredible watersports and amazing food and drink.
From east Devon to Purbeck in Dorset here’s a few amazing places to help you discover the Jurassic Coast during British Science Week 2018.
Discover the Jurassic Coast – Museums
Price: Child / Student Entry: £3.50
Children under 5 admitted FREE
Adult Standard Entry: £6.35
(Entry to see Dippy is free)
High West Street
Dorset DT1 1XA
At time of writing (March 2018) the museum is the first stop on famous old Dippy the Diplodocus’ nationwide tour from London’s Natural History Museum. Tickets are free but need to booked on line so the museum can manage the thousands of people flocking to get a glimpse of this national treasure!
Plus you can discover the ‘World’s Biggest Bite’ in the Jurassic Coast Gallery. This 155 million year old massive Pilosaur skull and jaw was discovered on the nearby Jurassic Coast in Weymouth Bay. It was unveiled by Sir David Attenborough and is one the biggest and best preserved fossils of its kind in the whole world. There’s loads more Jurassic Coast themed displays, models and interactive experiences to discover in the gallery too. And with £10 million lottery funding secured for re-development the future looks brighter than ever.
Price: Seniors and Students: £3.00
Children ages 6 to 15 years: £1.00
Children 5 and under are FREE
OCEANROCKS favourite! Portland’s small quirky museum is perched above Church Ope Cove, location of the first recorded Viking landing in England in 787. If you’re after pirate graveyards and smugglers then look no further! The museum was founded by Dr Marie Stopes in 1930 in a couple of 17th century stone cottages which feature in a novel by famous local author Thomas Hardy.
Price: Adults: £1.00
Children ages 6 to 15 years: FREE
Open Wednesday – Saturday 10.30am – 4pm
Weymouth Museum has just re-opened in Hope Square in the heart of the historic Old Harbour. Discover Weymouth’s rich maritime history and development as one of the very first fashionable seaside resorts made famous by King George III. The town also has a claim to fame as the port where the Black Death entered England!
Price: Free entry
Devon EX10 8LY
Track down the origins of dinosaurs with amazing displays of natural history and discover tales from the western reaches of the ‘Jurassic Coast’.
Discover the Jurassic Coast – Visitor attractions
Tout Quarry is at the top of the Isle of Portland, near the Heights Hotel.
Take a walk around this quarry and nature reserve to discover over 60 amazing sculptures made from Portland’s famous stone. It includes ‘Falling’ sculpture cut into a stone face by famous artist Anthony Gormley. You can also check out Portland’s striking version of Stone Henge next to the main road at the crest of the Island. This modern stone circle is a fitting tribute to the quarry men, culture and community of this remarkable Isle by artist Hannah Sofae
Price: From £6.50
Take in spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast in a revolving glass capsule 174 feet above Weymouth Beach.
Prices: Adult (16+): £8
Child (3+): £5
Family (2 Adults and their children): £18
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Seaton Jurassic opened in 2016 by Devon Wildlife Trust thanks to £4 million from the lottery and other partners. This stunning, state of the art attraction promises a highly immersive interpretation centre that provides a great quality visitor experience.
Price: £8 adults
£4 children 3 – 16
Under 3’s free
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This new lottery-backed centre is a tribute to local fossil hunter Steve Etches. One man’s labour of love has seen Steve unearth some 2,500 incredible and super-rare fossils. CGI brings the landmark collection to life in a fascinating visitor experience.
Discover the Jurassic Coast – Visitor Centres
Lower Sea Lane
Dorset DT6 6LL
Thanks to powerful storm waves pummelling the cliffs, Autumn is a great time to search for fossils. Increase your chances of finding a Dinosaur tooth or whirly ammonite by visiting Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre to pick up some tips. You can even join a guided walk or get your finds identified by centre experts or book at tour with Jurassic Coast Guides. The centre is also home to a Ichthyosaur fossil which featured on Sir David Attenborough’s Sea Dragon documentary.
DORSET WILDLIFE TRUST FINE FOUNDATION CENTRE PORTLAND
Portland DT4 9XE
Sat on the glorious edge of Chesil Beach at Portland, this lottery-funded centre is run by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Find out more about marine wildlife and the internationally important Fleet Lagoon which sits behind the beach. Easy to find and park with a great café.
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Find out more about Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door – two of the most iconic and famous landmarks on the Jurassic coast.
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Sat right on the seashore, this Dorset Wildlife Trust-run centre is a great place to discover more about the marine wildlife reserve. View local species in tanks or get out and go rock-pooling.
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Durlston Country Park and reserve provides a fitting finale to the Jurassic Coast. Featuring 300 acres of cliff top countryside the centre boasts a nature reserve, amazing walks plus stunning visitor centre in recently restored Durlston Castle. You may even catch site of one of the resident Dolphins.
More ways to discover the Jurassic Coast
There ‘s plenty more ways to discover the Jurassic Coast – check out Dorset’s official visitor site for ideas and inspiration.
(The disclaimer stuff: Information correct at time of posting. Please always check opening times before travelling. Some charge an admission fee. Always be careful on the coast and use your common sense. Follow warning signs, stay away from cliff tops and bottoms.)
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