Discover the Jurassic Coast for British Science Week 2018

by JT

March 9, 2018 0

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

DORSET COUNTY MUSEUM DORCHESTER

Image of Dippy the fossil Dinosaur at Dorset musuem for Discover the Jurassic Coast Blog

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
Dorchester
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.

PORTLAND MUSEUM 

Image of great days out on the Jurassic Coast Portland Pirates

Price: Seniors and Students: £3.00

Children ages 6 to 15 years: £1.00

Children 5 and under are FREE

217 Wakeham
Portland
DT5 1HS

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.

WEYMOUTH MUSEUM

Image of Black Death Sign at Weymouth Harbour

Price: Adults: £1.00

Children ages 6 to 15 years: FREE

Open Wednesday – Saturday 10.30am – 4pm

Brewers Quay
Hope Square
Weymouth Habour

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!

 

SIDMOUTH MUSEUM

Price: Free entry

Hope Cottage
Church Street
Sidmouth
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 PORTLAND 

Image of stone circle on top of Portland - modern placement

Image of Falling man sculpture by Anthony Gormley at Tout Quarry Portland

Price: FREE

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

 

JURASSIC SKYLINE WEYMOUTH

Price: From £6.50

Festival Pier
Weymouth
DT4 8DX

Take in spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast in a revolving glass capsule 174 feet above Weymouth Beach.

 

SEATON JURASSIC

Prices: Adult (16+): £8

Child (3+): £5

Family (2 Adults and their children): £18

The Underfleet
Seaton
Devon EX12 2WD

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.

 

THE ETCHES COLLECTION – MUSEUM OF JURASSIC MARINE LIFE IN THE VILLAGE OF KIMMERIDGE

Price: £8 adults

£4 children 3 – 16

Under 3’s free

Kimmeridge BH20 5PE

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

FOSSILS AT CHARMOUTH & THE HERITAGE COAST CENTRE 

Image of child fossil hunting at Charmouth for Discover the Jurassic Coast Blog

Lower Sea Lane
Charmouth
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.

CHESIL BEACH CENTRE, PORTLAND

Image of wooden bird at the Fleet Chesil Beach Centre

Image of Fleet Lagoon at Chesil

DORSET WILDLIFE TRUST FINE FOUNDATION CENTRE PORTLAND

Price: Free

Ferrybridge
Beach Road
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.

DURDLE DOOR & LULWORTH COVE – HERITAGE CENTRE

Image of Durdle Door with lobster pot on the beach

Price: Free

Main Road
West Lulworth
Dorset BH20 5RQ

Find out more about Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door – two of the most iconic and famous landmarks on the Jurassic coast.

 

PURBECK MARINE WILDLIFE RESERVE AND FINE FOUNDATION CENTRE, KIMMERIDGE

Entry: Free

Kimmeridge Bay BH20 5PF

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.

 

DURLSTON COUNTRY PARK NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE

Image of Cliff Cave at Durlston Country Park

Entry: Free

Lighthouse Road
Swanage BH19 2JL

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.)

 

Posted by: JT

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