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Dinosaur Isle

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Fossil Fun

A purpose-built interactive dinosaur and fossil museum conserving the rich collection of artefacts discovered primarily on the Isle of Wight.

As well as every child's highlight of handling coprolites (dino poo!) they will engage with materials teaching about the formation of fossils, rock cycles and coastal erosion.

Then it's off to the nearby beach to scour for fossils under the watchful eye of an experienced paleontologist.



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Fun Factor 60%
Educational 90%


Average rating from past clients: 4 out of 5

Best Suited To

Dinosaur Isle is best suited for children 7 years and up as well as adults


Dinosaur Isle is great for all ages, but perhaps a little overwhelming for the very youngest visitors

Dinosaur Isle FAQs

Here's some of the most frequently-asked questions about school visits to Dinosaur Isle, posed by teachers and other group leaders

Are there any accessibility concerns?

Within the museum everything is on two levels connected by a lift. For the beach fossil hunt it is possible to arrange the use of a special beach wheelchair with large pneumatic tyres. However the distance from the museum to the beach is around a quarter of a mile each way so some walking is required.

How much time should we allow for a visit?

Usually a half day is sufficient. Many schools couple a visit to Dinosaur Isle with other activities in Sandown such as the Zoo, more independent time on the beach or a trip to the pier. There's also a dino-themed crazy golf course just along the road.

What about toilets?

There are toilets within the museum and there are public toilets close to the area of beach used for fossil hunts.

How does payment work?

We will pre-book your visit for you and your entry charges will be paid directly by Education Destination. All you need to do is show up at the agreed time, line the kids up outside, identify yourselves to staff and you'll be handling dinosaur poo in no time!

Are there any special requirements?

Obviously for the beach part of the visit there's a chance of getting wet or sandy, so we recommend wellies or a pair of old shoes/trainers for this along with a spare pair of socks in one's rucksack just in case. Whilst the fossil hunt can be modified or curtailed in really bad weather, this is very unusual. They generally do go ahead in 'normal' rain so a quick check of the forecast is a good idea and come prepared. The biggest safety concern is of course tidal conditions and wind.

Educational Resources for Dinosaur Isle

The following Dinosaur Isle educational resources are FREE to use when you book your trip with Education Destination. Some include pre or post-visit classroom work, others are on-site activities. All are accompanied by detailed Teacher Notes and some even have sample lesson plans!

Prepared by our expert team of teachers with local Island knowledge, each resource addresses a specific National Curriculum topic. Click on any image for full details.

Dinosaur Isle is proud to be part of the Island Classroom

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