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Must Go dinosaur attractions!

Written by Eleanor Weeks

Let’s go on a dinosaur adventure, what fun!
A great day out for everyone!
From museums to theme parks and much more,
You won’t run out of dinosaurs to explore!

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Ilfracombe, Devon

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With the help of animatronics, be propelled to the prehistoric age with fantastic life-sized dinosaurs. The Megalosaurs, Dilophosaurs and Velociraptors movements are powered by compressed air, delivered via hidden underground pipes. It’s not just animatronics on show, check out the meerkats, owls and mighty lions, amongst many more! Other attractions include the Earthquake Canyon Train Ride, Tomb of the Pharaohs & Tropical House. Find out more here.

All Things Wild, Evesham, Worcestershire

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You and your kids can go wild at All Things Wild! There are loads of amazing animals, such as ducks, deer, guinea pigs, geckos, snakes, lizards, alpacas, llamas, sheep and many more! There is also a pedal go-kart track, life-sized dinosaurs and a wonderful children’s play area for the kids to run riot in! Find out more here. 

Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

A favourite with lots of our Picniq-ers, there’s a great selection of dinosaurs here. From the ankylosaurus to the velociraptor, Jurassic explorers will have a fantastic time here! You can also get up close and personal with wild animals including lions, tigers, snow leopards, cheetah and zebras. Find out more here.

West Midland Safari and Leisure Park, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Little dinos will LOVE the amazing Land of the Living Dinosaurs! Come and see the UK’s largest collection of animatronic dinosaurs to learn all about these fascinating creatures. You’ll get to learn all about the Permian, Triassic, Jurassic and the Cretaceous periods…making this not just a fun day out, but educational too! There’s also an adventure theme park and safari drive-through too! Find out more here.

The Lost Kingdom at Paultons Park, Romsey, Hampshire

Brand new to Paultons Park, The Lost Kingdom is a Jurassic adventure full of realistic dinosaurs in all shapes and sizes! You can even get up close to a ‘living’ animatronic dinosaur! There are also two exhilarating roller coasters, a dinosaur adventure play area where you can dig for fossils, and a 4×4 jeep safari dinosaur expedition! Find out more here.

Torquay’s Dinosaur World, Torquay, Devon

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With lots of hands-on exhibits for you to touch (are you brave enough to grab the Triceratops by the horns?!) plus full-sized and scale models of dinosaurs, this is a great place to learn about these prehistoric creatures and see incredible fossils. Find out more here.

The Dinosaur Park, Tenby, Wales

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Follow the trail and spot over 30 dinosaurs waiting for you – be sure to tiptoe past the spitting Dilosophaur or you might get wet! The Information Centre is the place to learn some interesting dino facts plus you can also explore the indoor and outdoor adventure play areas. New for 2019 is the Virtual Reality Shack, a dinosaur-themed toddlers’ playground and Alan, the brachiosaur!  Find out more here.

Dino Park, Dumfries

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Step back 150 million years and discover the giants who roamed the earth. Take a trip through the Dino Mine, dig for fossils, have fun on the bouncy dinosaur, explore the tree house and much more! You’ll find all your favourite Jurassic characters, from the velociraptor and triceratops to the fearsome T-Rex. Find out more here.

Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Following his visits to Dorchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow, the Natural History Museum’s famous dinosaur, Dippy the Diplodocus, has arrived in Newcastle. Dippy lived in London for over 100 years but now he’s on an adventure around the UK’s best family museums. Unveiled to the British public in 1905, Dippy was cast from the type specimen found in America. The full skeleton is 21.3 metres long, 4.3 metres wide and 4.25 metres high. Enjoy a day out with Dippy and get inspired about the natural world! Find out more here.

The Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester, Dorset

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Britain’s original and award-winning attraction, The Dinosaur Museum is a great day out for all the family! Discover real fossils, dinosaur bones and life-size models at this hands-on museum. Are your little ones brave enough to touch the T-Rex?! Find out more here.

Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Lyme Regis, Dorset

This museum is run by Palaeontologist Steve Davies and is a private collection. The museum contains over 10,000 specimens including some of the best fossils to be found on display. Top off your visit with a walk along the beach at Lyme Regis which is a fantastic place for children to search for fossils to take home! Find out more here.

Dinostar, Hull, Humberside

Kids will love this extremely hands-on museum where they will be able to touch dinosaur bones! Don’t miss the unique dinosaur soundbox and the Tyrannosaurus rex skull as well as dinosaurs you can even smell! Find out more here.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford


The footprints on the front lawn hint to what you may find inside….a fantastic display of dinosaurs, including species from the UK and across the world! Even better – there is no entry charge so it’s free to wander around at your own leisure! Find out more here.

The Natural History Museum, London

This free museum is definitely worth a visit either if you live in London, or are visiting! Don’t miss the ‘Red Zone’ where you will learn about the history of the Earth and discover dinosaur footprints, fossils, life-sized models and much more! Find out more here.

Manchester Museum, Manchester

Spot the terrific dinosaur Stan, the T-Rex plus a large collection of fantastic fossils all on display in the Fossils Gallery. Manchester Museum is also launching its new hello future project, aiming to develop and transform the museum bringing more wonder and inspiration to its visitors. Find out more here.

Dinosaur Isle, Sandown, Isle of Wight

An interactive museum where children can learn about these creatures from the past, featuring bones and fossils from the local area and beyond. Find out more here.

National Museum Cardiff, Wales


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Learn about the evolution of Wales, with rocks, fossils, bones and skeletons to amaze you, plus impressive dinosaur footprints…all with free entry! Find out more here.

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire

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The Dinosaur Trail in the Wilderness Garden at Knebworth House is super popular with younger visitors! See 72 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures as you explore the woodland paths. There are information boards throughout the trail and a huge chalkboard for creating your own cave-man drawings. Find out more here. 

Stockeld Park, North Yorkshire

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The Dinosaurs are back at Stockeld Park for their amazing Jurassic Summer event until the 6th September 2021! Enjoy 5 adventure playgrounds, take a walk on the wild-side through the Enchanted Forest as you look out for dinaours and escape the maze before it’s too late! Make sure there’s not a T-Rex following your tracks. This attraction is suitable for everyone and the tickets allow you access all day. Find out more here.

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park,  Devon

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This family-run wildlife and dinosaur park is set in Combe Martin Valley with over 28 acres of spectacular gardens. As well as lions, wolves, sea lions, penguins and more, this park is well known for its impressive life-sized animatronic dinosaurs including the star attraction.. the Tyrannosaurus Rex!  Don’t forget to visit the park’s Dinosaur Museum which holds a wealth of real & replica fossils such as a nest of fossil eggs and dinosaur footprints. Find out more here.


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