The Isle of Wight is famous for its dinosaurs. With rocks about 126 million years old, the island has some of the best-exposed dinosaur material in Europe. Dinosaur Isle is the island's purpose-built museum that covers the story of the dinosaurs on the island, and also runs guided geology and fossil hunting field trips.
We visited Dinosaur Isle and went on one of their Guided Fossil Walks on Yaverland Beach.
It was amazing to discover the traces of dinosaurs and other creatures from millions of years ago.
The sea is constantly washing away the layers of sand to expose the rock underneath. He we found rock that was once mud alongside a lake, and there imprinted in the ancient mud, was a dinosaur footprint!
Our guide, Trevor, estimated that this dinosaur would have been seven feet just to its hip, so not someone you would want to meet if you were at this spot millions of years ago!
We also found plenty of fossil poo, including this one from a prehistoric crocodile.
Then there's this bit of fossil bone too.
There were other finds indicating this was the site of a freshwater lake by the types of fossilised worms and shells we found.
This was a really interesting trip, and we learnt a lot. It doesn't cost much to do a guided trip with the Dinosaur Isle team, and it is well worth it, as it takes an expert eye to tell the differences between what is and isn't a fossil and to tell you what it is and what it means.
For example, it's not just about history, but studying this has implications today, both for understanding environmental changes, and for medicine.
This was a great trip and gets the Thumbs Up.
Facilities DetailsPlease note that the car park around the Dinosaur Isle museum is pay-and-display. Guide Dogs are welcome in the museum. Non-assistance dogs are not allowed in the museum, but well-behaved dogs under strict supervision are allowed on the guided field walks.
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Typical Family Range: £17 - £21
Two types of family tickets are available at Dinosaur Isle: Family with 2 adults and 2 children, or a family with 2 adults and 3 children. The Guided Fossil Walks are extra (but worth doing!)
On The Map
Dinosaur Isle, Culver Parade, Sandown
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight