Let’s go to … the Jurassic Coast

Jurassic World has just made movie history after raking in a record $0.5bn on its opening weekend, but there is real dino history to be explored on this lovely stretch of Devon and Dorset coast

With the film Jurassic World opening last week, the UK’s own Jurassic Coast is an obvious place to visit. The 95-mile stretch between Exmouth in Devon and Studland in Dorset is crying out “it’s-about-time-you-came-and-saurus!”. T-rexs are thin on the ground, but Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre boasts a life-size cast of the most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in the UK – a plant-eater called a scelidosaurus (which disappointingly looks a bit like a run-over cat). Charmouth beach is considered the best and safest place for fossil hunting, but visitors need to follow strict rules about collecting fossils – do not pack your pneumatic drill. Dorset County Museum in Dorchester boasts the world’s biggest bite – a terrifying pliosaur skull. To see dinosaur footprints, plod to the Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre. Lyme Regis Museum has fossils aplenty and runs fossil-hunting walks.

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