Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
Name: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
Address: Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6LL
Phone / Fax: 01297 560772
How this location makes the Jurassic Coast a World Heritage Site:
The active landslides of Black Ven and Stonebarrow readily release fossils onto the beach.
The rocks that make up the cliffs at Charmouth are rich in fossils of animals that swam in the Jurassic seas. The coast erodes rapidly resulting in thousands of fossils being fed onto the beaches from the landslides in the surrounding cliffs, especially after winter storms. The remains that have been found here since the eighteenth century represent one of the richest slices of life in Jurassic times anywhere in the world.
How this Centre showcases the geology and associated local stories:
Visit the Centre and see the superb display of local finds then join a fossil hunting walk to discover your own.
Warning: Always follow the fossil collecting code
Through interactive computers, hands on displays and lots of information on fossils, fossil hunting and the local coastal and marine wildlife. There is even a video microscope that you can use to examine your finds. You will always find a helpful warden or volunteer who can identify your finds for you.
The Centre has a Jurassic Theatre, where for a small charge (adults £1.50, children 75p) you can watch a short film on 'Finding fossils at Charmouth' or 'Black Ven; life on the edge'. And we also have a small shop stocked with books of all levels, including some of our own publications, toys and souvenirs.
Throughout the year they run guided fossil hunting expeditions, rockpooling walks, plus countryside and marine discovery activities along the local coastline.