Searching for Fossils on Charmouth Beach
Fossil find on the beach at Charmouth
Small coastal village Charmouth is a popular gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Famous for its amazing fossils, Charmouth was visited by Jane Austen who claimed that the village was 'the happiest spot for watching the flow of the tide, for sitting in unwearied contemplation'. Its beaches are surrounded by fossil cliffs, and shops sell a wide selection of gifts and souvenirs including fossils to take home. The cliffs are a mecca for fossil hunters. Just walking along the beach you'll stumble across fossils - if you know what you're looking for. Visit the Heritage Coast Visitor Centre at Charmouth to find out more on the types of fossils you can expect to find in the area.
The West Dorset coast around Lyme Regis is the birthplace of the sciences of geology and palaeontology. The regular landslips and erosion expose fossils that have been lying in the rocks for millions of years. Mary Anning, a local lady, unearthed many fossils which led to the establishment of scientific study to find out more about how the Earth was formed and how animal life evolved.
Charmouth's restaurants are rich in local produce, and the village contains relaxing tearooms set in beautiful country gardens. Charter boats offer the opportunity to go fishing off the Jurassic Coast, and fossil hunting is allowed on the beaches as long as pavements and cliffs aren't damaged. If you're looking to stay in Charmouth, accommodation options are varied and plentiful. Choose a Charmouth hotel or a B&B, or opt for a family friendly holiday park or a self-catering cottage.
Heritage Coast Centre
The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre sits alongside the shingle beach and is where to head to find out about fossils and fossil hunting in the area, as well as the local coastal and marine wildlife. Interactive computers, displays and films are available as well as wardens who are on hand to answer queries. The wardens also organise regular guided fossil hunting expeditions, rockpooling walks and countryside and marine discovery activities. The Centre promotes the sustainable collection of fossils and you'll find plenty of advice on fossil collecting inside. Ample parking is adjacent and a cafe is onsite.
Accommodation in Charmouth
(0.0 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
per room, per night (based on 2 sharing)
Rating from 143 reviews
Family-run guest house in Charmouth. Only 300 metres from the famous Jurassic Coast. En-suite rooms. Pet friendly. Ample parking. Free Wi-Fi. Cream teas served. Breakfast included.
(2.3 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
Per person B&B (2 sharing)
Rating from 54 reviews
Comfortable and well equipped en-suite rooms available at this B&B in the heart of Dorset. Close to Lyme Regis and Bridport. 4 star. Silver and
Breakfast award. Free Wi-Fi.
(0.2 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 6
Rating from 163 reviews
Fun filled holiday park with direct access onto Charmouth beach on the Jurassic coast. Well equipped holiday caravan accommodation sleeping up to six people.
(0.4 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4-6
Relaxing holiday park on the Jurassic Coast near Charmouth with leisure facilities, kids clubs & online booking available.
(1.4 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 3
In a fine location in the scenic Marshwood Vale, midway between the popular and picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis and Bridport, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coas...
(0.8 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool
(2.1 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
Charming self catering holiday conversion in beautiful countryside near Bridport. Easy reach of the Jurassic Coast. Garden with terrace and furniture. Pets welcome. Sleeps 4
(1.2 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 5
Thistlegate Lodge is set within the 4-acre grounds of Thistlegate House, the owners’ ‘Arts and Crafts’ home. The detached gate lodge is ideally located within the heart of the W...
(2.9 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 7
This detached farmhouse offers a wonderful location for an idyllic, relaxing holiday and guests also have use of an old dairy with sofas and a dining table. Set in Marshwood Val...
(3.2 miles from the centre of Charmouth)
Rating from 12 reviews
In a beautiful location nestled within the Axe Valley only 5 minutes drive from The Jurassic coastline of Lyme Regis and Charmouth, and only a few minutes away from River Cottag...