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VISITING

Opening TimesChristmas and New YearMaintenance closure
Individual PricesGroup PricesEducation Room Hire
ParkingLarge GroupsDogs
AccessBaby changing facilitiesFor parents


Opening times

We are open seven days a week.Opening times vary
throughout the year
April - August10am to 6pm
September - October10am to 5pm
November - March10am to 4pm

LAST ADMISSION ONE HOUR BEFORE CLOSING.


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Christmas and New Year

We are CLOSED for a number of days over the Christmas holiday.

Sunday 24th December 2017                   - Christmas Eve
Monday 25th December 2017                 - Christmas Day
Tuesday 26th December 2017                 - Boxing Day
Monday 1st January 2018                       - New Years Day

Open as usual 10 am to 4 pm on all other days over Christmas.
Last admissions 3 pm.


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January maintenance closure

We will be closed to the public from Monday 16th to Friday 20th January 2017, and Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January 2017 to allow high level cleaning and maintenance to take place. Staff will be in the building during this period to answer emails and the telephone.



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Individual Prices - from 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017

Single
Yearly
Pass
Public Fossil Walks
Adult£5.00£15.00£5.00
Child
(aged 3 to 15, under threes are free)
£4.00£10.00£4.00
Family Group [1]
(2 adults and 2 children)
£16.50£40.00£16.50
Family Group [2]
(2 adults and 3 children)
£19.50£45.00£19.50
Concession
(Student / Pensioner)
£4.00£12.00£4.00


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Group Prices - from 1st January 2016
(For schools and other large organizations)
[group prices for 2017 will remain as per 2016]

MINIMUM SIZE OF GROUP - 10 children (or 10 adults for an adult group)
BOOKING ESSENTIAL
2016 & 2017
Child - Museum
(age 3 to 15)
(1 adult free per 8 paying children)
£3.50
Adult - Museum
(Charge also applies to paying adults accompanying children's groups)
(1 adult free per 8 paying children when accompanying a child group)
£4.00
Concession - Museum
(student / pensioner)
£3.00
Child - Combined Museum and Field Trip
(age 3 to 15)
(1 adult free per 8 paying children)
£5.50
Adult - Combined Museum and Field Trip
(Charge also applies to paying adults accompanying children's groups)
£5.00
Talk & fossil handling session£16.00
Child - Fossil walk only
(including 'Investigating Coasts' field trip, where that trip does not include a gallery visit)
(age 3 to 15)
(1 adult free per 8 paying children) [minimum charge £40]
£3.50
Adult - Fossil walk only  [minimum charge £60]£4.00
Concession - Fossil walk only
(student / pensioner)     [minimum charge £60]
£3.00
School curriculum activity - Museum£3.50
Visit to a local school (for a classroom-based session)£60


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Education Room Hire

When available, we can hire out our Education Room for special functions, training etc.

For out of hours prices please contact us.

An additional charge is applied to cover the cost of coffee/ tea etc.  Catering can be arranged. For prices please contact us. 
£60 for a half day

£90 for a full day


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Parking

There are three areas, close to the museum, for parking.

Cars
Behind the museum is a tarmac surfaced car-park with 16 car spaces and 3 designated disabled bays.

Cars and motorcyles/scooters
Nearby is a gravel-surfaced car-park with a further 155 car spaces, 4 disabled bays and a hard-standing for 3 to 4 motorcycles.

School coaches and minibuses
A side road can be used for 5 to 6 coaches during school visits. Parking for school coaches is free during term time, but coaches must use the designated side-road. School minibuses should also use the designated side road to qualify for free parking.

Large motorhomes
Please note that the bays are not long enough, or wide enough to accomodate large motorhomes. These should be parked at Yaverland or Fort Street carparks nearby.

Charges
Parking charges operate from 1st April to 31st October (including bank holidays),
7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm.

upto 4 hours £3.40
4 - 6 hours   £4.50
6 - 8 hours   £6.60

The tickets from the machines near the museum are two-part.  Bring in the voucher part to the museum for redemption of £2.50 against admissions only. 

From 1st November to 31st March car parking is free at Dinosaur Isle, and the machines are covered. There is no charge then so redemption does not apply during that period.

There is additional parking available further away at Fort Street Car-Park, Yaverland Car-Park and some on-street parking nearer the town centre. Standard IW Council charges apply for these areas. No vouchers are produced for these areas.

A view of the museum's parking areas can be seen on the About Us webpage.



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Special Large Group visits

For education groups, societies and clubs please contact us if you wish to bring a large group.

We can be contacted by:

  • telephone: (01983) 404344
  • fax:           (01983) 407502
  • email:        dinosaur@iow.gov.uk

Please tell us:

  • Your preferred date and time.
  • What activities you would like to do.
  • How many children and adults you are bringing.
  • The children’s ages and any special requirements.
  • Name and contact number of your trip leader.
  • Any specific needs or learning outcomes.
  • Whether you have a coach or not.


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Dogs

We welcome Registered Assistance Dogs inside the building only.

All dogs under close control are welcome on our outdoor guided field trips.
Only Registered Assistance Dogs are permitted inside the building.


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Access

Paving outside the building is flat and there are no steps at the doors.

Wheelchair useage by visitors is possible throughout the museum.

All internal floors are flat with wide doors linking spaces.

There is a lift to the upper floor.

A wheelchair is provided for visitors who require one within the building. A small child's wheelchair was also acquired in 2016 (with generous funding from the Small Grant's Scheme), and this is also now available. (See our Latest News webpage for a picture of the chair in August 2016).

There are disabled toilets on the ground and upper floors.

We aim to make our displays as accessible as possible, however weight and security constraints mean that some displays need to be supported on solid bases which mean they are raised from the ground.

There are a number of disabled parking bays near the museum, with a drop-pavement and flat tarmac path to the entrance. The larger car park behind the museum has a gravel surface which may not be suitable for wheelchair users, or those who are unsteady on their feet.

Transport to our museum by coach, ferry, taxi or other public transport may be subject to restrictions so you may wish to check with the transport operator prior to travelling. Our website has details of a number of transport operators to which you should adress your enquiry. If you are travelling by car and use a Sat Nav then enter the postcode "PO36 8QA" to plot a route.

Not all buses to Sandown pass the museum, and some are seasonal to the layby near the museum. Details of bus routes and timetables can be found by clicking on "How to get here" on this webpage.

Visitors with specific disabilities (or their carers) who require further information to plan their visit can always call us first. Carers may wish to carry out a pre-visit before bringing a large group.

Dinosaur Isle provides an annual programme of guided walks to local sites. Due to the varying nature of the sites and the access required to get to them there may be difficulties for those with impaired mobility. A basic description of accessibility at our more common locations can be seen by visiting our Events webpage.



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Baby changing facilities

Baby changing facilities are available in our ground floor disabled toilet.



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Information for parents

Dinosaur Isle is a family-friendly museum.  The whole exhibition is inside which makes it an ideal place to visit come rain or shine!  Our new family ticket admitting two adults and three children (in addition to our two plus two) makes it even better value for slightly larger families.

The museum has plenty of interactive activities for the children; and activity sheets, clipboards and pencils are available at the start of the exhibition to enhance your visit.

During school holidays, and at the weekends, the Education Room is usually open to families. There you will find painting, drawing, puzzles, soft toys on a large dinosaur mat, and even dressing up.  For the adults there is a reading area with magazines. The colouring sheets are available to be downloaded from our website if you want to try some at home.

Our shop stocks hundreds of books, toys and puzzles along with plenty of pocket money souvenirs.

Outside you will find a picnic area and the beach is just across the road. If the children need to let off steam there is a play park about 5 minutes walk away.  We don't have a cafe in the museum, but Browns Cafe, next door, serves childrens meal portions during Spring and Summer - see our Catering page for further details.

There is a cycle rack in front of the museum. It is suitable for all sizes of bicycles - but remember to bring a lock.

Toilets are situated by reception.

Lost children and first-aid needs should be reported to reception.

Please bear in mind that very small children occasionally find the museum a bit scary.

On rainy summer days there can sometimes be a queue at the entrance so please be prepared for a few minutes wait.

For parents with babies or very young children a review website exists which you may also find helpul. Click here for the mummytravels webpage review of Dinosaur Isle.



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Millenium Commission

Accredited Museum

Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

Chamber of Commerce

Isle of Wight Council

Dinosaur Isle,
Culver Parade,
Sandown,
Isle of Wight
England
PO36 8QA

Tel: +44 (0)1983 404344
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