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Jurassic World exploded onto our screens just over a month ago, with the disastrous story of dinosaurs mixing with the human race becoming the fastest film to surpass $1bn on the box office around the world.

While you may never get the chance to visit Jurassic World, the story of the prehistoric creatures that used to walk our planet can be experienced right here in the UK, with the southern coastlines renowned as a particular hotspot. Here are details of some great ways you can get your claws stuck into the history of dinosaurs during your holiday cottage break in Dorset, Hampshire or other countryside locations.

Discover the fossilised treasure of the Jurassic Coast

We begin our journey at the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile coastline which stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth to Old Harry Rocks in East Dorset. While it’s certainly an area of outstanding natural beauty, it’s in our guide because it documents 180 million years of geological history thanks to its composition of Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous cliffs. With so much history locked away in this coastline, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination for fossil hunting.

  • Dinofest 2015

Image Credit: Matthew Anderson (, Jurassic Coast Team, Dinosaur Isle.