Things To Do - Visitor Centres and Museums

The visitor centres and museums along the coast show how each location makes the Jurassic Coast a World Heritage Site, showcasing the local geology and associated stories.

Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton

Fairlynch MuseumThe ancient red cliffs at Budleigh evidence the desert conditions of the Triassic. Come to the museum and see first-hand the fossils unique to this area and discover the story of the Budleigh Pebbles.

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Sidmouth Museum

Sidmouth MuseumThe museum houses a variety of fossils, rocks, mosaics and other artifacts unearthed in the local environment. Walks along the Jurassic Coast can also be booked from here.

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Honiton Museum

Honiton MuseumHoniton Museum's geology display focuses on the Honiton Hippo which was discovered when the bypass was constructed in the early 1960's.

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The Fine Foundation Centre, Beer

The Fine Foundation Centre, Beer The Fine Foundation Centre run by Beer Village Heritage is situated on the left at the bottom of Sea Hill, Beer and tells the stories of the village of Beer and its place along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Seaton Jurassic

thumb Seaton-Jurassic-Coast-Aerial-ViewSeaton Jurassic is the new exciting visitor attraction for East Devon that will tell the uniquely powerful story of the geology and marine ecology of the Jurassic Coast, England's first Natural World Heritage Site. Opening spring 2016.


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Lyme Regis Museum

Lyme Regis Philpot MuseumA range of Lyme Regis' famous fossils can be seen in the geological galleries. You can also take a journey through the local history of Lyme and discover the fascinating life of fossil hunter, Mary Anning, whose fossil collecting began the study of geology.

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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Charmouth Heritage Coast CentreThe active landslides of Black Ven and Stonebarrow readily release fossils onto the beach. Visit the Centre and see the superb display of local finds then join a fossil hunting walk to discover your own.

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Bridport Museum

Bridport Museum The small Jurassic Coast gallery in Bridport Museum boasts some wonderful specimens of local fossils including ammonites, starfish and even a plesiosaur.

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The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre

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Encounter the colossal Chesil Beach which protects the fragile habitats of the Fleet Lagoon behind. Learn more about the formation of this great barrier beach and the rich wildlife and history associated with it.

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Portland Museum

Portland MuseumA small museum which covers the Island's history of smuggling and shipwrecks, quarrying and also houses a comprehensive fossil collection.

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Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Dorset County MuseumWelcome to the Dorset County Museum, where the story of Dorset's rich landscape unfolds in a range of fascinating displays. The Museum was founded in 1846 to help protect and record the county's unique historical and natural environment.

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Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre

Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre

Dramatically contorted layers of hard and soft rock eroded by the sea to create spectacular features, contrast with a sheltered cove. Have a look at the displays in the Centre which tell the story of Lulworth as the first rocks formed, to the landscape and village you see today.

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Dorset Wildlife Trust Fine Foundation Marine Centre


There is a wealth of information on the rich marine life at Kimmeridge Bay and the surrounding Purbeck Voluntary Marine Nature Reserve. The centre also offers 'Snorkelling for softies' and a live underwater camera.

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Wareham Town Museum

Wareham MuseumWareham Museum's geology display makes the connection between the Wytch Farm oil field and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which is the same rock sequence but tilted on its side and exposed by the sea.

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Durlston Country Park


The combination of unrivalled geology and wildlife make Durlston Country Park a very special place.

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Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

Swanage Museum and Heritage CentreLearn about the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with interactive displays and films. The centre is situated at The Square off the town's lower High Street.

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Studland Visitor Centre, Knoll Beach

Studland Visitor CentreThe National Trust visitor centre has an exhibition about the fascinating ecology of the sand dunes and the geology of the surrounding site.

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