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Isle of Wight Dinosaurs & Fossils

Discover the Isle of Wight's prehistoric past

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125 million years ago, the land which now forms the Isle of Wight was a perfect habitat for dinosaurs. Today, the 11 mile stretch of coastline between Compton and Sandown, known as the Wealdon Outcrop is one of the richest sources of dinosaur fossils and dinosaur bones in Europe.

Nicknamed ‘Dinosaur Island’ the Isle of Wight has yielded the remains of more than 20 different species of dinosaur, including those belonging to Britain’s largest dinosaur from the Sauropod family, at 26 meters long! Discover the fascinating history of the Isle of Wight dinosaurs and try your hand at fossil hunting on the Island’s fossil-rich south-west coast.

Compton Beach, Isle of Wight

The best places for fossil hunting

Grab your bucket and spade and make your own discovery at Compton Bay, one of the best fossil beaches on the Island. At Hanover Point you can follow in the footsteps of the dinosaurs at low tide, when an impressive track of dinosaur footprints and foot casts are exposed in the rock. Inspire the next generation of palaeontologists with a visit to this fascinating area of coastline, followed by a visit to one of the Isle of Wight’s dinosaur and fossil museums.

Fossil finding facts:

  • Almost every beach on the Island will have fossils of some sort.
  • Hanover Point is a great place to see dinosaur footprints.
  • Dinosaur fossils are usually black due to the minerals in the Earth.
  • In 2004, fossil hunters on the Isle of Wight discovered bones from a dinosaur estimated to weigh as much as 50 tonnes!
Fossil Hunting Guide

Walking with Dinosaurs on the Isle of Wight

New Dinosaur Trail and Augmented Reality App

In conjunction with the forthcoming blockbuster 'Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie', a new dinosaur trail and augmented reality app. have been created which quite literally brings dinosaurs back to life.

Just point your tablet or Smartphone at one of the six meteorites hugging the Island's coast from Yaverland to The Needles and you can actually walk with dinosaurs, have your photograph taken and share it via twitter, Facebook or email.

Dinosaur Island Trail Download the App

Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle - Interactive Dinosaur Museum

For an unforgettable interactive dinosaur experience, head for Dinosaur Isle, a fully interactive and hands on museum in Sandown. Hear the roar of a dinosaur, smell a real Cretaceous park and watch the experts at work in the laboratory.

Complete your prehistoric experience with a walk through a reconstructed landscape as it was 125 million years ago and see life-sized models of the dinosaurs, including a robotic, flesh eating Neovenator (a relative of T-Rex) and real life fossilised remains of animals and
plants. A professional palaeontologist will also be on hand to identify any of your own fossil finds.

Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Farm Museum Isle of Wight

Guided fossil walks for all the family

Dinosaur Isle offers guided fossil hunting walks to areas of geological interest on the Island. These walks give you the chance to ask questions whilst exploring the fossil-rich beaches in search of your own discoveries.

For more information and to check availability or to book a fossil walk, please click on the link below.

Fossil Walks

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