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Isle of Wight Dinosaur Attractions

Dinosaur Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is regarded as one of the richest areas for Dinosaur discovery in Europe, which has already earned it the title “Dinosaur Island”.

In addition to that it was named the UK’s Dinosaur Capital as part of a new Dinosaur Map of Britain, which was compiled by Dr Paul Barrett, Merit Researcher from the Natural History Museum! 

There is a great range of dinosaur attractions and activities available on the Isle of Wight, with some fantastic opportunities for dinosaur and fossil enthusiasts.

These include musuems such as the award winning Dinosaur Isle, fossil hunts with experts such as Dinosaur Fossil Hunts and Footprint Tours, and also beaches such as Brook where you can discover your own fossils!

Try the all new Dinosaur Experience at Blackgang Chine, the first of it's kind in the UK, with your chance to get "up close and personal" with two baby Tyrannosaurus Rex flanked by their trained handlers.

2013 is also the Island’s Year of the Dinosaur, with over 40 special dinosaur events, dinosaur appearances and fossil hunts taking place across the Isle of Wight.

Don't miss our incredible walking with dinosaurs augmented reality app and enter our online competition to WIN two free tickets to the Walking with Dinosaurs movie premiere!

Year of the Dinosaur

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Fossil Man

Fossil Man

Martin Simpson, known on the Isle of Wight as 'the Fossil Man', runs the fossil and gem shop. He is also an established expert on Cretaceous fossil...

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  1. Add 5 - Dinosaur Island Trail - Compton Meteorite to your Itinerary


    The penultimate stop on the Dinosaur Island augmented reality trail is at Hanover Point, set above one of the Isle of Wight's most popular rural beaches Compton Bay. Take care when aiming your smartphone or tablet at the meteorite here as you will bring to life the ferocious Neovenator at the top...

  2. Add 4 - Dinosaur Island Trail - Blackgang Meteorite to your Itinerary


    For the fourth stop on the Dinosaur Island trail at Blackgang Viewpoint car park you will be treated to a beautiful view along the West Wight coast. You might want to point your phones and tablets up in the air once you have activated the dinosaur with the meteorite as the mighty Caulkicephalus...

  3. Add 2 - Dinosaur Island Trail - Bonchurch Meteorite to your Itinerary


    The second stop on the Dinosaur Island augmented reality trail is at Bonchurch Landslip, tucked away in a clearing in the woods a short walk from the main car park next to the cafe. Point your smartphone or tablet at the meteorite here with the Dinosaur Island App open and you will see a...

  4. Add Brook Beach to your Itinerary


    Brook Beach can be found on the unspoiled south west coast of the Isle of Wight, and is a beach made up of golden sands adjacent to the popular Compton Bay. Brook is a great beach for many activities, from cricket on the beach, to kite and wind-surfing for the more adventurous. Swimming is popular...

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    Add Dinosaur Expeditions, Conservation & Palaeoart Centre to your Itinerary


    The Dinosaur Expeditions, Conservation & Palaeoart Centre is a Community Interest Company run on behalf of the community by local fossil enthusiast volunteers to promote responsible fossil discovery, conservation and the production of palaeoart. The centre has displays of local and international...

  6. Add JURASSIC JIM to your Itinerary


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  7. Add Footprint Tours to your Itinerary


    Meeting by the slipway at Yaverland car park. A friendly guide will take you back through time and explain how the land beneath your feet has changed, all with a touch of humour. Your guide will aim to identify any fossils you find, which you may take home as unique souvenirs of your holiday on...

  8. Add 6 - Dinosaur Island Trail - Needles Meteorite to your Itinerary

    Totland Bay

    The final meteorite on the Dinosaur Island augmented reality trail takes you to one of the Isle of Wight's most iconic locations, above The Needles rocks and lighthouse. Looking back across the Isle of Wight holding your smartphone or tablet to the meteorite will activate the last Dinosaur on the...

  9. Add Dinosaur Isle to your Itinerary


    Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur attraction just over the sea wall in Sandown where in a spectacularly shaped building reminiscent of a Pterosaur flying across the cretaceous skies you can walk back through fossilised time to the period of the dinosaurs 120 million years ago....

  10. Add 3 - Dinosaur Island Trail - Ventnor Meteorite to your Itinerary


    The third meteorite on the Dinosaur Island augmented reality trail is to the West of the main Ventnor Esplanade, a short walk along the coast path towards Steephill Cove. Here the Dinosaur Island app will reveal a playful little Valdosaurus when you point your smartphone or tablet at the meteorite...