The top-10 best UK dinosaur attractions and days out

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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 can’t catch him on tour, there are plenty more dinosaur attractions around the country.

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's currently to be found at the Ulster Musuem in Belfast until 6 January 2019, and then moves on to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow from 22 January – 5 May. His tour then takes in the Great North Museum in Newcastle, the National Museum in Cardiff, Number One Riverside in Rochdale and finally Norwich Cathedral until 31 October 2020.

2. Dinosaur World Live, national tour

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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!

The show is touring from March – September 2019, and tickets are on sale now. Performances begin in Huddersfield, then Leicester, Portsmouth, Swindon, Oxford, High Wycombe and Lichfield.

3. 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.

4. 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 1000 fossil finds are on display at the museum, which itself is modelled on a giant pterosaur.

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

5. Gulliver’s Dinosaur and 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.

6. ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure, Norwich

UK ROARR Dinosaur Adventure

A herd of life-size dinosaurs, including a T Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops, wait 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.

7. 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 among woodland and waterfalls. Here, you’ll find a Tyrannosaurus rex, giant flying predators and a massive Brachiosaurus – a herbivore that weighed more than 15 elephants.

8. Dino Park, Dumfries

UK Dino Park Dumfries

The leafy labyrinth at Dino Park hides 17 species of dinosaur, including a T Rex, Brachiosaurus and Stegosaurus. Kids will love discovering the secret of the underground mine…

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.

9. 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 Martin in Devon. 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. If you’re looking to see more wildlife, there are lions, wolves, sea lions, primates, meerkats and penguins in the neighbouring park.

10. Lost Kingdom – Paultons Park

With two roller coasters, as well as gentler rides for younger dinosaur fans, the Lost Kingdom also has a dino-themed playground. And you can meet realistic walking dinosaurs at ALIVE! Dinosaur Encounter.

It's part of Paultons Park so your entry tickets also include access to Peppa Pig World, plus lots more rides and roller coasters for all ages, plus a 4D cinema.

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