Most kids go through a dinosaur phase, so a day out to a local dinosaur park might be the perfect treat! If you are wondering, “what dinosaur attractions are near me?”, then this particular guide covers the best dinosaur days out in the UK.
The UK has several dinosaur parks and attractions to choose from; whether you need to occupy a toddler or older kids, be outside or look for an indoor activity on a rainy day. From interactive displays, colossal skeletons and fossil digs there are plenty of dinosaur attractions for a fun day out for all the family. Alternatively, some dinosaur mini-golf attractions are included – short enough for the kids to enjoy and not get bored!
Here are our favourite dinosaur days out in the UK!
Dinosaur Attractions Near Me
England Dinosaur Days Out
Devon Dinosaur Days Out
Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is a huge and entertaining dinosaur attraction with moving dinosaurs galore, a Dino Express train ride and an earthquake simulation.
Rainy or cold day, then Dinosaur World is an indoor exhibition full of things to keep the family busy and is pushchair friendly. If you have brought your dog on holiday, as long as they are on lead they are welcomed too! Discover ancient fossils or dig your own in the fossil dig.
Dorset Dinosaur Days Out
The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester is close to the Jurassic Coast and includes interactive displays with life size reconstructions and a fossil excavation bit too.
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Dorset
The Dinosaurland Fossil Museum in Lyme Regis is home to over 12,000 specimens. Kids can learn everything about fossils before searching for their own. other attractions include a giant dinosuar poo and skeletons.
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum is situated in the narrow streets of the Old Town and there is no car parking on site.
Explore a Jurassic landscape, filled with moving dinosaurs, thundering waterfalls and steaming volcanoes which is adapted from the children’s story, The Mighty Claws Don’t Want To Hunt. Other attractions include gem mining.
Essex Dinosaur Days Out
Mighty Aventures in Colchester has near life size dinosaurs on this family friendly crazy golf course, including the Troodon, Ankylosaurus, Stegosaurus and a Parasaurolophus, as well as the popular T-Rex and Velociraptors.
Hampshire Dinosaur Days Out
Paultons Park is not only home to Peppa Pig World but to the Lost Kingdom too, where you can come face to face with a dinosaur as well as spotting lots along the way!
Keep an eye out for when the Brickosaurs are back at Marwell Zoo!
Hertfordshire Dinosaur Days Out
World of Dinosaurs has a fossil dig, a dinosaur train ride and 30 animatronic dinosaurs set in acres of natural woodland at Paradise Wildlife Park.
The 72 life-sized dinosaurs and pre-historic creatures can be found grazing amongst the shrubbery. Exploring the woodland paths, children can learn about the T-Rex, the Woolly Mammoth and other fascinating pre-historic creatures. There are information boards throughout the Dinosaur Trail and a huge chalk board for creating your own ‘cave-man drawings’.
Look out for the wind-up sound box and make some dinosaur roars.
Isle of Wight Dinosaur Days Out
Another great rainy day option as its mostly indoors is the Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight. This museum is full of fossils, skeletons, animatronic displays which use use clever lighting, artwork, sound and smells. On a sunny day, head to the nearby sandy beach at Sandown or enjoy one of the dog friendly fossil walks.
The journey through the ‘Restricted Area 5’ enclosure will bring you up close and personal with dinosaurs of all types including an Argentinosaurus, bigger than a double decker bus and the biggest animatronic T-Rex in the country – but only if you’re brave enough!
Kent Dinosaur Days Out
Wingham Wildlife Park, Canterbury, Kent
Visitors to the park will get the chance to see over 20 different dinosaur models in the dinosaur area. Kids can also dig for dinosaur bones in the excavation pit.
As you journey through three acres of natural woodland, you’ll discover amazing facts and information about the prehistoric world. Become a Palaeontologist, as you dig for fossils. Download the Port Lympne App in the IOS app store for free where you can bring dinosaurs to life with a virtual reality app! Look out for other dinosaur exhibits at Howletts throughout the year.
Dinotropolis is a dinosaur themed soft play area in the Bluwater shopping complex. There are tunnels, a trampoline, walkways and passages to explore, with several slides including a large one with four lanes and a couple of large enclosed tunnel slides to whizz down.
Tee-off amongst dinosaurs at the family friendly mini golf.
From the fearsome T-Rex to the massive Diplodocus, visitors to the park will get the chance to see over 20 different dinosaurs in the dinosaur area of Wingham Wildlife Park.
Lincolnshire Dinosaur Days Out & Activities
Enjoy the Dinothorpe attraction, then relax in the restaurant with a spot of lunch with the children. Let them burn off some energy in the play area and enjoy some peace and quiet as they navigate their way through the full size maze.
Set in landscaped prehistoric gardens – the Jurassic is bought to life with Dinosaurs. Access to Dino Golf is included with standard entry tickets to Springfields Adventure Land.
London Dinosaur Days Out
This section of the park was constructed in 1853-1855 with the original 30 models. (Some of the statues are wildly inaccurate compared with modern interpretations, but fun for kids nonetheless if you are local and don’t mind some innacuracies.) Free entry too!
Dippy is still on tour but there is plenty to see for dinosaur fans; including a dinosaur trail to meet a Stegasaurus, see part of the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and more. Free entry at this popular dinosaur museum in London.
Jurassic Encounter Mini Golf, New Malden
Dinosaur Escape Mini Golf, Northolt
Dinosaur Safari Mini Golf, Arkley
Jurassic Falls Mini Golf, Walthamstow
Manchester Dinosaur Days Out
This walking tour lasts about 30 minutes to an hour with two time slots, an earlier one for younger kids, and a further walk by torchlight! The tour normally runs from summer til November. Expect animatronics with sound effects. Please note the tour is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.
Dinosaur Safari AR
This Dinosaur Safari app can be used in various places, including in some of Manchester’s parks: Alexandra Park, Heaton Park, Boggart Hole Clough, Phillips Park, Wythenshawe Park, Platt Fields Park, Debdale Park and Whitworth Park. Download the app and use the map and search for dinosaurs (or fairies) and enjoy dino facts along the way.
This dino themed crazy golf is next to a play areas and indoor beach with sessions needing to be booked in advance.
Another dinosaur themed mini golf at The Vaults with a play area.
Gulliver’s World, Warrington
This Gulliver’s World is home to a popular Lost World section, with some fun dinosaur attractions, including rides, fossil digs, an ‘incubation unit’ and a play area. On the 3rd & 4th July 2021 a special event is running a dino event. Be prepared to meet a dinosaur as you roam this park.
Kids can explore and learn more about dinosaurs in Blackpool Zoo’s Dinosaur Safari. Your Dinosaur Safari will take you through 4 ages, over running streams and even behind a living curtain of water. Sound effects and thousands of authentic living plants and trees bring the prehistoric world vividly to life.
Norfolk Dinosaur Days Out
Dippy the Dinosaur, Norwich Cathedral (July 13th – October 30th 2021)
Dippy the Dinosaur from London’s Natural History Museum is continuing his tour and will be at Norwich Cathedral in July – October 2021.
Explore the indoor and outdoor activities at Dinosaur Adventure. Attractions at this Norwich dinosaur park, include a Dinosaur Trail, a Maze, Raptor themed races and a tree house adventure park. There are often themed night events, set amongst the animatronic dinosaur models.
Somerset Dinosaur Days Out
Valley of the Dinosaurs at Wookey Hole Caves
Step back in time as you wander through the prehistoric valley featuring over 30 life-size dinosaurs ranging from the terrible child eating Tyrannosaurus Rex to the vegetarian Stegosaurus, a woolly mammoth and even early man. Then go and dig for fossils at the Dino Dig at this fun filled dinosaur day out.
Staffordshire Dinosaur Days Out
This fun filled theme park (Home to Thomas the Tank Engine ) also has a Dino trail, with huge models scattered around to see and a huge playground next door.
Worcestershire Dinosaur Days Out
See the UK’s largest animatronic Dinosaur attraction with some of the most recognisable dinosaurs, including velociraptor, triceratops, spinosaurus and the infamous T-rex.
All Things Wild, Near Evesham
A fantastic year-round family attraction, comprising of animals, dinosaurs, soft play and much more to discover! With plenty of activities both indoor and outdoor, to keep all ages entertained whatever the weather.
Yorkshire Dinosaur Days Out
If you live in York or are visiting York and looking for things to do with kids, then the Yorkshire Museum makes a perfect rainy day activity. Journey back through millions of years and meet giants who long ago roamed. The experience at Jurassic World transports you back in time with state of the art technology including VR headsets.
Visitors can enter Dinosaur Country surrounded by trees, plants and dinosaurs with CGI dinosaurs scampering across the fossilised muddy flats which contain real dinosaur footprints. Don’t forget to visit Alan: Alan was named after the finder of a huge vertebra from the oldest true sauropod dinosaur ever found in the UK.
Little ones will enjoy the dig zone where they can hunt for fossils as well as the Dinosaur Detective toddler trail where you borrow a special dinosaur backpack.
Wales, Dinosaur Days Out
Play amongst the huge dinosaurs, volcano waterfall, cave and raft. Site is fully wheelchair and pram accessible.
Enjoy one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models.
The Dinosaur Park is a dinosaur themed adventure park with a highlight being the Jurassic Journey tour and a Dino Dig. Other attractions include a dino-themed golf course, astra slide, a dry rubber ring slide and water bubbles.
Scotland Dinosaur Days Out
Pose inside a huge dinosaur egg, marvel at the huge moving, roaring, life-size dinosaurs at Landmark Park. There are plenty of other attractions too such as mini diggers, a Wonderwood with lots of surprises , a labyrinth, water coaster, and marvels and more at this part dinosaur themed park in the U.K.
Dino Park, Dumfries
Step back 150 million years and discover the giants who roamed the earth. Take a trip through the Dino Mine, hear stories and facts in the Dino Den, dig for fossils, have fun on our bouncy dinosaur, explore the tree house and much more.
Behind huge Jurassic Park-style gates lies a pre-historic forest for you to explore. But watch out! It’s home to over twenty moving, stomping, screeching, life-size dinosaurs! ROARsome!
Northern Ireland Dinosaur Days Out
Although there is not a huge amount for little dinosaur fans here, the museum is home to the skeleton of an Edmontosaurus. This is the only real, near complete, dinosaur skeleton on display anywhere in the island of Ireland. It is 6 metres long and more than 2 metres high. There are thousands of fossils to view!
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