Top 10 best UK dinosaur attractions

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The best dinosaur attractions and days out

From seeing Dippy the Diplodocus on tour to coming face-to-face with a roaring T Rex, these UK days out are perfect for dinosaur fans

The Natural History Museum's Diplodocus, Dippy, is touring the UK until 2020. But if you won't be able to cross his path, there are plenty more dinosaur attractions to discover

1. Dippy the Diplodocus, UK tour

UK Tour of Dippy the Dinosaur

Dippy, the 85ft Diplodocus skeleton once a resident of the Natural History Museum, will be popping up in a cathedral, a parliament building and a community centre this year.

He begins his nationwide tour at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester and will be there until May. A fitting location, as Dippy’s ancestors once roamed Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

The iconic skeleton will then be reconstructed in Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff, Rochdale and Norwich.

2. Dinosaurs in the Wild, London

UK wild dinosaur attractions

Turn your family into dinosaur tourists and travel to a late Cretaceous ‘science research station’ at this pop-up, immersive, live-action experience. A mix of virtual reality and special effects means kids can travel by time machine, meet Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops, witness hatchlings emerging from eggs and visit a lookout with panoramic views.

Plus, there’s the chance to plunge a hand into dinosaur poo – every kid’s dream.

At Greenwich until 31 July 2018

3. Dinosaur World Live, national tour

© Robert Day

A whole cast of dinosaurs take to the stage in this educational family show. The stars range from cute baby dinosaurs to a towering Tyrannosaurus rex, all brought to life by puppeteers who encourage plenty of audience participation.

Kids can also take part in a special meet and greet after the show – if they dare!

Touring March-September, over 30 locations across the UK

4. Natural History Museum, London

UK permanent Natural History Museum dinosaur displays © Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London [2017]. All rights reserved.

Dippy may be on tour, replaced by a whale in his former location, but this iconic London museum still has a roaring T Rex, plus many fossils and specimens on display.

The stars of the exhibition include the first fossil ever found from a Tyrannosaurus rex, the skull of a Triceratops, plus the skeletons of an Iguanadon and a Baryonyx – one of the largest meat-eaters ever unearthed in Europe.

5. Dinosaur Isle, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight dinosaurs

The Isle of Wight is the Dinosaur Capital of Britain, according to the Natural History Museum. Over 1,000 fossil finds are on display at the museum, which itself is modelled on a giant pterosaur.

Kids can explore life-sized models of famous Isle of Wight dinosaurs, including the ferocious predator Neovenator. Plus, there’s a robotic dinosaur, which they control.

6. Gulliver’s Dinosaur & Farm Park, Milton Keynes

UK Gullivers Dinosaur Kingdom

There’s plenty for young visitors to do at this double attraction in Milton Keynes. Reptile fans can explore the Lost World of the Living Dinosaurs, where 32 different kinds of animatronic dinosaurs roar and move around the park.

Plus, there are dinosaurs to ride on, a river cruise, an observation tower and a reptile and bug centre. When they’ve had their fill of all things dinosaur, kids can visit the neighbouring Farm Park to pet animals, ride tractors and visit fluffy chicks.

7. ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure, Norwich

UK ROARR Dinosaur Adventure

A herd of life-sized dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops waits on the woodland trail at this Norwich adventure park. Budding palaeontologists can dig for fossils and bones.

Plus, there are a variety of play areas guaranteed to tire out kids of all ages, including an award-winning indoor soft-play centre, a ‘stone age road race’ circuit, a splash zone and an outdoor adventure playground.

8. Dan-yr-Ogof, The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

UK National Showcaves of Wales Photography by GeoPictures.net

The stars of this Brecon Beacons attraction may be the three limestone caves that draw visitors from miles around – but the highlight for dinosaur fans is above ground.

An outdoor dinosaur park with over 200 life-size models is set amongst woodland and waterfalls. Here, you’ll find a Tyrannosaurus rex, giant flying predators and a massive Brachiosaurus – a herbivore that weighed the same as more than 15 elephants.

9. Dino Park, Dumfries

UK Dino Park Dumfries

The leafy labyrinth at Dino Park hides 17 species of dinosaur, including a Tyrannosaurus rex, Brachiosaurus and Stegosaurus. Kids will love heading underground into a mine with a secret…

Then they can hunt for dinosaur bones and identify their finds, and let off steam in the tree house playground or indoor soft-play area.

10. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Ilfracombe

Dinosaur attraction Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Thrill-seekers will love the Dino Express Train, complete with earthquake effects and cascading water, at this dinosaur park near Combe. And since it’s located in sub-tropical gardens in an area of outstanding natural beauty, there’s plenty for the more gentle-at-heart to enjoy, too.

Dinosaur fans can meet ‘living’ dinosaurs, watch free shows with a variety of animals, and explore a fossil museum. And if you’re looking to see more wildlife, there are lions, wolves, sea lions, primates, meerkats and penguins in the neighbouring park.

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