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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 2 - Dinosaur Island Trail - Bonchurch Meteorite to your Itinerary

    Ventnor

    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...

  2. Add Fossil Man to your Itinerary

    BROOK

    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 crustaceans and has produced important papers on the Cretaceous Lower Greensand Group. He has produced a popular book on fossil hunting, titled Fossil...

  3. Add 1 - Dinosaur Island Trail - Yaverland Meteorite to your Itinerary

    Sandown

    The first stop on the Dinosaur Island augmented reality trail is at Yaverland Beach, set in the shadows of the spectacular Culver Cliffs. Open up the Dinosaur Island app and point your smartphone or tablet at the meteorite here and you will see a giant Iguanadon come to life on the beach ahead...

  4. Add Dinosaur Isle to your Itinerary

    SANDOWN

    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....

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    SHANKLIN

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  6. Add Brook Beach to your Itinerary

    Newport

    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

    Newport

    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...

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

    Ventnor

    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...

  9. Add Footprint Tours to your Itinerary

    SANDOWN

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

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

    Newport

    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...