The Isle of Wight is famed for its Dinosaur heritage and is already regarded as one of the richest areas for discovery in Europe – earning it the title “Dinosaur Island”. According to a new Dinosaur Map of Britain compiled by Dr Paul Barrett, Merit Researcher from the Natural History Museum the Isle of Wight is the UK’s Dinosaur Capital!
Please note: The Dinosaur Island Trail has now been removed for renovation purposes and will be reinstalled in Sandown later this year.
Did you know you can find your very own dinosaurs when you visit the Isle of Wight?! Two of our most popular beaches, Compton Bay and Yaverland, are hotspots for finding fossils. You can also join a guided fossil walk with one of the Isle of Wight's dinosaur experts.
The Isle of Wight also has a number of fantastic Dinosaur attractions for you to visit offering a great variety of dinosaur fossils, background and history:
The all new "Restricted Area 5" takes Dinosaur experiences to another level, letting you get up close and personal with a whole host of life size moving dinosaurs at the UK's oldest theme park, Blackgang Chine. Enter through the Area 5 gates at your own risk and keep a look out for the full-size T-Rex - if you time it right you might even catch sight of the baby T-Rex pairing of Shadow and Sheila!
Daisy Morris is our new Children’s Ambassador for the Isle of Wight and a very special fossil hunter herself. Daisy discovered a brand new Dinosaur species on the Island when she was just 4 years old, and in honour of her discovery they named it after her! Read more about Daisy.
You too could be a fossil hunter like Daisy, click here to visit the beach close to where Daisy made her remarkable discovery!
Can't wait until you get to the Isle of Wight to start your Dinosaur journey? The BBC have a fantastic "Walking With Dinosaurs" website with some great Dinosaur resources, including galleries, videos and all the latest news.
You can also see clips and all the latest from the incredible Walking With Dinosaurs Arena tour which has now been seen by over 7 million people around the globe!