Jurassic World And The Best UK Dinosaur Attractions

24 June 2015

Jurassic World has hit cinemas, more than two decades after Jurassic Park first brought them to life with its unprecedented special effects. It is a good time to be a dino-fan in Britain: Jurassic World has had rave reviews, and this month a new dinosaur species – a dog-sized theropod believed to date back 200 million years – was discovered in Wales.

Also this month, Britain’s oldest sauropod was discovered in Yorkshire.

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If dino-frenzy has reached a fever pitch in your house, here are five places to take your budding palaeontologist.

1. Jurassic Coast

Head to Lyme Regis or Charmouth for some hands-on exploration of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs. Anyone with even a passing interest in fossils will find something to do at the Lyme Regis Museum.

Also in Lyme Regis, the privately owned Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is popular, particularly for older children; it’s full of fossils, has quizzes to complete as you go around, and features displays not just on dinosaurs, but evolution, generally.

Owner Steve Davies can give you top tips for where to search for fossils on the coast.

2. Isle of Wight

Dinosaur remains are so ubiquitous on the Isle of Wight that there’s even an app on the Visit Isle of Wight website. Download it to follow in the footsteps of giants, or head to Compton Bay or Yaverland beaches to search for fossils.

The exceptionally keen can join a guided fossil walk with one of the Isle of Wight's dinosaur experts.

Caught in the rain? Head for Dinosaur Isle at Sandown, an interactive museum with life-sized reconstructions, some of which move, that also houses over 1,000 fossils, including those from some of the 15 dinosaurs known to have come from the Isle of Wight.


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3. Natural History Museum

Any budding palaeontologist will relish exploring the dinosaur galleries at London’s Natural History Museum: from the Triceratops skull, to the first T-rex fossil ever found, there’s plenty to look at here.

 Up close and personal with a prehistoric monster (image: Getty)

The museum excels at interactive activities for a range of ages: don an explorer’s hat and grab your binoculars if you’re under seven, and explore the galleries with a specially-targeted activity book.

Children of all ages can book in to get a feel for how real scientists work at the Investigation Centre. The museum's Dino Snores sleepover is sold out for July, but you can book now for late summer and autumn.

4. National Museum of Scotland

A giant tyrannosaurus rex skeleton guards the Natural World galleries at the National Museum of Scotland. While you can’t touch the skeletons, there’s a chance for children to get hands-on in the interactive Adventure Planet gallery, where they can uncover dinosaur skeletons.

5. Dinosaur Adventure

If you can get past the slogan – ‘It’s time you came-n-saurus’ – young fans will enjoy coming face-to-face with life-sized dinosaur models on a wooded trail, and can expend energy in a variety of indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds at Dinosaur Adventure in Norfolk.


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This article was written by Sally Peck from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Sally Peck

Sally Peck writes about families and food. She is also a former primary school teacher and university lecturer. Originally from Brooklyn, Sally now lives in south London.