Jurassic Coast

2014-07-25T09:19:45+00:0030 April 2014|England, Europe with kids, UNESCO World Heritage|


The #FriFotos* theme this week is coast, which suits me well, as I’ve been meaning to say a few words about the Jurassic coast anyway.

Do you have a kid completely enamoured with dinosaurs and fossils? I do… or at least, I did. On a road trip in Southern England a few years ago, the Jurassic Coast made an excellent, kid-friendly stop.

The Jurassic Coast covers a 150-kilometre-stretch along the English Channel in the counties of Dorset and Devon. Nearly 200 million years of history is documented through these rocks. 200 million years!

We more or less stumbled upon it one evening, when I was trying to find accommodations for the night. (I know, I know, I should probably improve my planning skills, but there it is. And by now the kids are used to my slightly frantic last-minute search for a place to sleep. All part of the hols.)

After driving through a few towns where every bed was filled up, we ended up in Sidmouth. Meant to be, it must have been. I loved the pretty Victorian promenade against the rough ancient hills.

The Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth

A bit further along the coast, just over in Dorset, we stopped in Lyme Regis, another gateway town to this wonderful coastline, with a beach that will surely satisfy the most ardent rockhound.


Sadly we had a plane to catch, and not enough time for a full-on fossil hunt. Cat had to settle for the ones found in the shop of the Lyme Regis Museum, a sweet little fossil museum that kept her busy for ages.

Philpott Museum, Lyme Regis

Cat’s 12 now – and has shifted her allegiance, or at least her area of interest, from pre-historic creatures to very much alive ones. These days, it’s horses and nothing but horses. But her room still contains a small collection of lovely spiral-shaped ammonite and fossilised dino droppings (yes, you read that right; coprolite is the more formal name).


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Dorset and East Devon Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.

*#FriFotos is a weekly Twitter chat where travellers share their favourite photos. Each week has a theme.

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  1. Muza-chan 2 May 2014 at 0747 - Reply

    Beautiful 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2246 - Reply

      Beautiful and interesting coast.

  2. [email protected] 5 May 2014 at 0315 - Reply

    Looks like a great stop for pre-historic lovers! Glad Cat enjoyed herself.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2247 - Reply

      We were happy to stumble upon it. 🙂

  3. Leigh 5 May 2014 at 1915 - Reply

    Maybe sh’d still enjoy a trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta – more dinosaurs there than just about anywhere else in the world. But then we’d have to get you to Canada and you always seem to have more exotic destinations to visit.
    Always hard to know how much to plan….

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2248 - Reply

      Would love to visit Dinosaur Provincial Park. And Canada is plenty exotic; it’s one of our favourite countries.

  4. Lisa Goodmurphy 5 May 2014 at 2055 - Reply

    I had absolutely no idea that there was a Jurassic Coast in England or that there were even dinosaur fossils to be found in the UK for that matter! What an interesting find – especially for someone travelling with a kid that loves dinosaurs.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2251 - Reply

      I think most kids go through a dinosaur phase 🙂

  5. Mette 10 May 2014 at 1048 - Reply

    I’ve spent a day or two hunting for fossils in Lyme Regis. Without any luck apart from being in the gorgeous little town. Glad to hear Cat found some souvenirs to bring home.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2251 - Reply

      What fun that you’ve been there 🙂

  6. Noah 12 May 2014 at 1031 - Reply

    Would be nice to comb the coast for some fossils someday … we have cliffs like that back in Nova Scotia, Canada … just a treasure trove!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2014 at 2252 - Reply

      Would be fun to go in search of dinosaur fossils in Canada, too.

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