Isle of Wight
Telephone: 01983 404 344
Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur attraction just over the sea wall in Sandown where in a spectacularly shaped building reminiscent of a Pterosaur flying across the Cretaceous skies you can walk back through fossilised time to the period of the Dinosaurs a 120 million years ago.
Set in amongst a recreated landscape you will meet life sized models of the Isle of Wight's famous five dinosaurs: Neovenator, Eotyrannus, Iguanadon, Hypsilophodon and Polacanthus and flying above you amongst the haunting sounds of a long lost forest are pterodactyls.
You will see dinosaur skeletons as they are found by the fossil hunters and can watch our volunteers preparing the latest exciting finds.
At Dinosaur Isle there are many hands on activities to try and you will be able encounter the lost world of Dinosaurs that once roamed freely across the Isle of Wight.
A popular addition to a visit to Dinosaur Isle is to join a guided fossil hunt (which must be pre booked) to the nearby rich fossil beach of Yaverland.
The newest feature is the Dinosaur Foot print area!
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It may be worth checking out Dinosaur Isle's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Dinosaur Isle before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
7 days a week, from 10am to 4pm with last admissions at 3pm; until 1st April when we will be open to 6pm with last admissions at 5pm.
Picnic area outside in landscaped gardens, cold drinks on sale from fridge, and just behind the museum is Brown's golf course cafe which does a good selection of children's meals.
"Can I have one of those?"
A wide range of dinosaur related gifts suitable for children and adults. Also books, jewellery and other items. We do not sell fossils.
"i need a wee"
Baby changing facilities and disabled loo.
and baby come too...
We have a microwave in the staff kitchen which parents can use to warm the babies milk on request.
"are we there yet?"
Post code PO36 8QA for sat nav Situated on the B3395 coast road, Culver Parade, Sandown. If travelling by car follow the signs to Sandown and then the brown signs for Dinosaur Isle. By bus catch the No3 from Ryde or the Number 10 or 8 from Newport. By train there is a through connection from London Waterloo via Portsmouth Harbour to Sandown railway station which is a pleasant 20 minute walk from the museum
...got any top tips?
Buggy friendly. Remember to allow time for fossil hunting along the beach after!
Prices & Admission
Family from £16.50
Children under 3 Free!
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