The first dinosaur fossil discovery in Lyme Regis happened all the way back in 1811, and the area continues to lure enthusiasts with its fossil-littered coastline. Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is THE Lyme Regis attraction for those who don’t manage to find their own, as it’s packed with over 8000 specimens.
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is home to the South West’s biggest collection of fossils, and many of them were found on Dorset’s Jurassic coastline by its leading palaeontologist owner Steve Davies. This is as close as you’re ever going to get to real dinosaurs, and the exhibits include dinosaur eggs, ammonites and even dinosaur dung. Most of the fossils were excavated by Steve himself, and it’s great to see his findings displayed for the public with such thought.
The museum is housed in the very building that saw Mary Anning baptised in 1799, and as she discovered the world’s only Ichthyosaur nearby it’s the perfect setting for this collection. The Time Gallery has been carefully designed to give visitors an idea of the Earth’s history, and the sight of the Earth timeline running up a flight of stairs illustrates just how insignificant humans are in the scheme of things.
Scenes throughout the gallery show adults and younger visitors how the world has changed over time, which helps put the many fossils into perspective during a visit. Get as close as you dare to dinosaur teeth and blood that’s been buried for 200 million years, and check out the map to find out where to discover your own fossils during a Lyme Regis holiday.