Dinosaurland Fossil Museum in Lyme Regis has a spectacular collection of the local Jurassic marine fossils, from the largest Ichthyosaur through to ammonites, belemnites, fish and the tiniest microfossilthe.
Fascinating for children, the museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm and costs £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children.
Stay nearby at Copper Beech Cottage (sleeps four), a stylish, contemporary, open-plan cottage which is well-equipped and has a pretty enclosed garden.
A week’s stay beginning 26 September is £97 pp (£387 total).
Via Classic Cottages.
If you’re visiting the UK and wondering where to visit, give some serious consideration to the Dorset coast. This unique part of the world has recently been listed a World Heritage Site and rightly so. Comprising rugged coast line, unique geological formations of Triassic, Cretaceous and Jurassic strata which are perfect for amateur fossil hunters, excellent sailing (The 2012 Olympic Sailing events will be held in Dorset), bird watching and much more.