Lyme Regis is one of my favourite places by the seaside and with a son who has a passion for dinosaurs, where else to visit?
The Dorset coastline has yielded a range of spectacular fossils and dinosaur remains. The volume and quality of finds have made Lyme Regis one of the most famous fossil locations in the world.
Lyme Regis is lovely to visit in the summer but we visited on an impromptu Saturday on a snowy March day. It’s about a two-hour drive from where we live. A stroll on the famous Cobb became a run as we were unsuitably dressed for a windy and freezing day! We quickly retreated into the wonderful ‘Dinosaurland’ which is tucked away off the high street. The private museum is run by a husband and wife team who are really into dinosaurs! It contains thousands of fossils and different areas to explore with lots of dinosaur things to look at from bones and footprints to giant plastic models!
We really liked The Time Gallery which is in the upstairs of the museum. I find it really fascinating that when the dinosaurs were around, the UK was attached to all the other continents and slowly floated up into the Northern Hemisphere. (My husband knows lots about it. I’m only just getting into this dinosaur stuff!) Ed, however, spent the whole of the time playing with some small plastic dinosaurs in a little ‘play cave’ going, ‘rooooaaar!’
Dinosaurland isn’t that expensive: £10 for two adults and free to under 5s. It’s a great little place to spend an hour while visiting Lyme Regis.