Places to Visit

From finding your own fossils to discovering rare butterflies and plants, there are plenty of places to get out and about with your educational group on the Jurassic Coast. We recommend that you book any guided walks or activities as early as possible directly with these venues to avoid disappointment.

All Hallows Museum, Honiton

All Hallows Museum, Honiton

A wonderful museum showcasing a wide range of fossils uncovered during the construction of the Honiton bypass.  The museum welcomes all ranges of educational groups and booking is advised.

Tel: 01404 44966, E-mail: info@honitonmuseum.co.uk

Beer Quarry Caves, Beer

Beer Quarry Caves, Beer

These huge underground caverns tell a story of a smuggling, quarrying and a community divided by their profession. Led by experienced guides, take a trip down underground to learn more about these stories and where the building stone for some of our most spectacular cathedrals come from.

Tel: 01297 680282, E-mail: john@beerquarrycaves.fsnet.co.uk

Bridport Museum

Bridport Museum

After significant investment from the HLF, the museum will have brand new spaces interpreting the natural and human history of the local area. Also linked to the Horn Park Quarry National Nature Reserve, educational groups can hire fossil loan boxes that will help to teach elements of the Primary science curriculum.

Tel: 01308 458703, E-mail: office@bridportmuseum.co.uk

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth

One of the key places on the Jurassic Coast offering year round guided fossil walks for all types of educational groups. Led by experienced wardens, the fossil walks are incredibly popular so early booking is highly recommended.

Tel: 01297 560772, E-mail: info@charmouth.org

Chesil Beach Visitor Centre, Portland

Chesil Beach Visitor Centre, Portland

Chesil Beach is the backdrop for this stunning education centre operated by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Primary and Secondary school groups can book warden led sessions about the Fleet lagoon and formation and geomorphology of Chesil beach.

Tel: 01305 760579, E-mail: reserve@chesil.fsworld.co.uk

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

This incredible museum houses a spectacular collection of fossils from across Dorset including the famous Weymouth Bay Pliosaur.  With a dedicated Jurassic Coast gallery, educational groups of all ages will find plenty to investigate through independent or guided workshops with museum staff.

Tel: 01305 262735, E-mail: enquiries@dorsetcountymuseum.org

Durlston Country Park, Durlston, near Swanage

Durlston Country Park, Durlston, near Swanage

A beautiful National Nature reserve situated on the Jurassic Coast.  The location is ideal for Primary and Secondary school groups studying landscapes, habitats, rocks and fossils.

Tel: 01929 424443, E-mail: info@durlston.co.uk

Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton

Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton

A beautiful museum in a thatched cottage that houses an extraordinary geological collection.  One of the real highlights of the collection are the radioactive nodules that are found in the local rocks.

Tel: 01395 442666, E-mail: admin@fairlynchmuseum.co.uk

Fine Foundation Heritage Centre, Beer

Fine Foundation Heritage Centre, Beer

A charming unmanned visitor centre on the stunning seafront at Beer. There are plenty of information panels for visiting educational groups to see. Guided walks and activities are available on request led by Jurassic Coast Ambassadors.

Tel: , E-mail: bjc@jurassiccoast.com

Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre, Lulworth

Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre, Lulworth

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door remain the classic fieldtrip venue for Primary and Secondary schools studying coastal landforms and processes. The Lulworth Ranger team offer activities, walks and talks across a wide range of geographical and earth science themes for a range of educational groups.

Tel: 01929 400155, E-mail: rangers@lulworth.com

Lyme Regis Museum

Lyme Regis Museum

The birthplace of Mary Anning, Lyme Regis is the key destination for fossil enthuisasts.  After securing significant HLF funding, the Museum will boast a range of new galleries exploring the fossils of the Jurassic Coast and in particular the story of Mary Anning.  Educational groups can book guided fossils walks with Paddy Howe and Chris Andrew from the museum which come highly recommended.

Tel: 01297 443370, E-mail: info@lymeregismuseum.co.uk

Portland Museum, Portland

Portland Museum, Portland

A charming museum on the Isle of Portland that showcases the extraordinary story of Portland stone and how it has been used over the ages. There are some incredible fossil specimens to see including the enormous ammonite Titanites which is found locally.

Tel: 01305 821804, E-mail: portlandmuseum@googlemail.com

Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, Kimmeridge

Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, Kimmeridge

Situated on Kimmeridge Bay and operated by the Dorset Wildlife Trust, school groups can explore the diverse marine life of Kimmeridge Bay against the backdrop of the Jurassic Coast.

Tel: 01929 481044, E-mail: kimmeridge@dorsetwildlife.co.uk

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

This iconic museum in Exeter boasts an enviable fossil and rock collection.  Educational groups can follow self-guided tours to explore local geological stories.

Tel: 01392 665963, E-mail: RAMM@exeter.gov.uk

Seaton Jurassic

Seaton Jurassic

A brand new visitor centre operated by the Devon Wildlife Trust that vividly brings to life the story of the Jurassic Coast. A phenomenal new venue catering for all ages of educational groups learning about science and geography of the natural environment.

The Underfleet, Seaton EX12 2WD

Tel: 01297 300390, E-mail:

Sidmouth Museum

Sidmouth Museum

At Sidmouth Museum you can see rare reptile fossils and amphibian bones which have been found on the beaches, including the remains of the Rhynchosaur, a curious herbivore reptile. Educational groups are welcome.

Tel: 01395 516139, E-mail: Sidmouth@devonmuseums.net

The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge

The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge

Unlock stories about fossil hunters and explore an impressive collection containing hundreds of fascinating fossils. This brand new museum tells vivid stories about the lives, predation, death and fossilization of a vast range of marine creatures.

Tel: 01929 270000, E-mail: info@theetchescollection.org