Dinosaur Isle


Dinosaur Isle is an interactive museum that takes you up close and personal with the dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight. Travel back 125 million years through time and see the extraordinary past life of the Island, from the recent Elephants and Hippos of the Ice Ages to the ferocious Neovenator and Baryonyx.

The main exhibition is based on a reconstructed landscape as the Island was 125 million years ago. You will see fleshed models of the main Isle of Wight dinosaurs including a robotic Neovenator, and an animatronic dinosaur you can control. Touch, feel, and even smell the Cretaceous!

The Isle of Wight is one of the most important sites in the world for dinosaur discoveries. Join us and speak to our experienced palaeontologists about these fantastic fossils, handle real fossils like fantastic coprolites (fossilised poo), and find out how you can become a serious fossil hunter.

Throughout the year there are a series of fossil walks, join palaeontologists on beaches known to be some of the best for fossils and find out what you can find on this amazing Island (please enquire about the walks in advance).

The museum is open 7 days a week (with closures from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, and New Years Day).

Opening times vary throughout the year (last admissions is one hour before closure):

April to August: we open 10 am -6 pm
September to October: we open 10 am - 5 pm
November to March: we open 10 am - 4 pm

Admission price 



Family (2 adults and 2 children)

Why should I visit?

    • See real whole skeletons of dinosaurs and other fossils that have been found on the Isle of Wight.
    • Fleshed out models and animatronic dinosaurs bring the Cretaceous to life.
    • Hold real fossils found on the Island. You will have the opportunity to hold ammonites, dinosaur bones, and even fossilised poo.
    • Speak to experienced palaeontologists about fossils and how you can become a professional fossil hunter yourself.
    • Join Dinosaur Isle on their fossil walks and with palaeontologists you can see the fossils that can be found on some of the world famous beaches.


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled parking available
Gift shop
On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Where to find us


Dinosaur Isle
Culver Parade
Isle of Wight
PO36 8QA


01983 404344





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By car

Dinosaur Isle is located on Culver Parade on Sandown front and is well signposted once you reach Sandown, just look for the building that looks like a giant pterodactyl.

From Ryde follow the A3055 to Sandown

From East Cowes follow the A3021 to Newport and then the A3020 and signposts to Sandown

From Yarmouth follow the A3054 to Newport and then the A3020 and signposts to Sandown

By train

Island trains run from Ryde pier head (the fastcat terminal from Portsmouth) to Shanklin, stopping at Sandown on the way. Dinosaur Isle is about a 30 minute walk from Sandown train station. When exiting the station follow Station Avenue until it ends, turn left to walk to Victoria Road, turn right and walk to the sea, and finally keeping the sea to your right, walk away from Sandown until you reach Culver Parade and find Dinosaur Isle.

By bus

Sandown is connected to most towns and all ferry terminals on the Island by a regular bus service. Route number 8 (Newport to Ryde) stops just outside of the museum, otherwise take the number 2 or 3 to Sandown (Victoria Avenue), and the museum is just a 5-10 minute walk away (keep the sea to your right and walk to Culver Parade).

By ferry
Car ferries can be taken from Lymington to Yarmouth, Southampton to East Cowes, and Portsmouth to Fishbourne. Allow 40-60 minutes travel time from Yarmouth and East Cowes, or 30 minutes from Fishbourne.

The fastcat (Portsmouth to Ryde) and Redjet (Southampton to Cowes) both have good bus links to Sandown. Allow around 40 minutes travel time from Ryde, and 80 minutes from Cowes.