The 10 Best Dinosaur Parks in the UK

Ask our children about their favourite day out and it would most likely involve dinosaur parks. Any kind of dinosaur seems to have them transfixed and although they might struggle with some seemingly basic words, they can read just about any dinosaur names!

There’s an old saying that the times of your life when you know the most about dinosaurs is:

  1. when you’re 4
  2. when you’re a paleontologist
  3. when you have a 4-year-old child

This is partly true. Our boys loved dinosaurs at 4 but they still love them. If you’re in the same boat, then you probably need to think about visiting one of the best dinosaur parks in the UK (or a dinosaur museum or just dinosaur places in general)!

We have visited a fair few ourselves over the years, but UK dinosaur attractions have become so popular and sprung up all over the country that there are still lots of dinosaur days out to be had!

Here’s a quick rundown of the 10 best dinosaur parks in the UK. We’ve also included links to the best dinosaur museums in the UK at the end of the post.

So – where can you see dinosaurs in the UK?

**NOTE: Most, if not all of the parks require you to book tickets online in advance and may have additional safety measures in place**

Spotting T Rex at dinosaur parks in the UK

Spotting T Rex at dinosaur parks in the UK

1. Roarr Dinosaur Adventure

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure! in Norfolk is the UK’s largest Dinosaur adventure park. It happens to be the first UK dinosaur park we ever visited and it’s somewhere we go back to because it is so good. It is arguably one of the best dinosaur attractions in the UK with a dinosaur trail (of course), a maze, high ropes, dinosaur dig, indoor soft play and much more. In the summer months, there’s a fantastic splash zone.

The dinosaur trail winds through a wooded area where you’ll find life-sized dinosaurs including an ENORMOUS Brachiosaurus! It’s hard not to be wowed by this. Read Our Bucketlist Lives’ review of Roarr Dinosaur Adventure.

Ticket pricesAdults: £16.50

Children over 90cm: £16.50

Children under 90cm: FREE

Address

Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5JW

Dinosaur Trail at Roarr Dinosaur Adventure

Dinosaur Trail at Roarr Dinosaur Adventure

Things to do in Norfolk with kids

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BeWILDerwood

Blickling Estate

Wroxham Barns

The beaches on the north Norfolk coast

2. Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire is home to the amazing World of Dinosaurs which is one of the best animatronic dinosaur parks in the UK. There’s a very impressive Jurrasic Park style entrance. The walk takes you past moving and roaring dinosaurs and you’ll be able to hop in a jeep for a great photo opportunity recreating the scene in Jurassic Park with the T-Rex chasing you.

The Rex Express is a dinosaur-themed narrow-gauge train for which there is an additional cost of £2 and a dinosaur dig in a huge sandpit where you can dig up dinosaur bones.

This park is not just a dinosaur attraction though. It is predominantly a zoo with a huge number of animals like white lions and tigers and the UK’s biggest anaconda. There’s also an excellent playground.

You can pre-register for a special Halloween event – Dinos After Dark – on 23rd October 2020

If you can’t get there in person, we love how they have an introduction to their dinosaurs on their website as well as several YouTube and Facebook videos taking you on walks around the park. They kept a lot of families (including us) entertained during lockdown with their live Facebook sessions.

Ticket prices

Adults (16+): £22.00

Children: £20.00

Children under 2: FREE

Address

White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA

Baryonyx at Paradise Wildlife Park

Baryonyx at Paradise Wildlife Park

Things to do in Hertfordshire with kids

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Natural History Museum Tring

Hatfield House

Hitchin Lavender Farm (in summer)

3. Knebworth House

Knebworth House is a beautiful country estate in Hertfordshire with lots to see and do including a fabulous play area (Knebworth Fort), giant slides and a maze as well as the house itself. But it is the dinosaur adventure park that our kids love.

The dinosaur trail takes you past 72 life-sized dinosaurs with information boards, wind-up sound boxes to make the dinosaurs roar and a huge chalkboard at the end to draw your own caveman drawings.

Knebworth is also home to lots of amazing events throughout the year such as How to Train Your Dinosaur, Classic car show and the Great British Food Festival.

Ticket prices

All: £10.00

Family of 4: £36.00

Children under 3: FREE

Address

Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX

Dinosaur Park at Knebworth House

Dinosaur Trail at Knebworth House

Things to do in Hertfordshire with kids

See Paradise Wildlife Park above (#2)

4. Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is home to over 19 animatronic and static dinosaurs with a life-sized T-Rex. The Dino Express train takes you on a short ride through a dark tunnel to the caveman village where you’ll be in for a surprise when Dave the dinosaur sneezes!

There’s also a small dinosaur museum with real and replica fossils and the indoor dinosaurus playzone. On the non-dinosaur side, the have a Tomb of the Pharaohs and botanical gardens.

Ticket prices

Adults (15+): £15.49

Children (3-15): £14.49

Children under 3: FREE

Address

Coombe Martin, Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 0NG

Dinosaurs at Coombe Martin Wildllife and Dinosaur Park

Dinosaurs at Coombe Martin Wildllife and Dinosaur Park

Things to do in North Devon with kids

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Powderham Castle

Diggerland

Woolacombe beach

5. Restricted Area 5 at Blackgang Chine

Blackgang Chine is the oldest theme park in the UK and home to Restricted Area 5 where you will get up close and personal with life-sized moving dinosaurs. There are 5 other lands of imagination at the park – Underwater Kingdom, Fairyland, Nurseryland, Pirate Cove and Cowboy Town.

Ticket prices

ALL: £20.00

Children under 4: FREE

Address

Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 2HN

Triceratops at Blackgang Chine

Triceratops at Blackgang Chine

Things to do in Isle of Wight with kids

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Isle of Wight Aqua Park

Shanklin or Sandown beaches

Dinosaur Isle

Take a train ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

6. The Dinosaur Park Tenby

The Dinosaur Park in Tenby is a dinosaur-themed theme park aimed at younger children. There are lots of dinosaur-themed activities, like the Dinosaur Activity Corner where you’ll find an iSand box to create your own dinosaur habitat or Draw Alive where you can draw your own dinosaur and watch it come alive on a tv screen.

The dinosaur trail has over 30 dinosaurs to spot in lush settings as you wander along a woodland path and there are lots of other rides and attractions.

Ticket prices

Adults (15+): £12.75

Children (3-15): £11.50

Toddlers (aged 2): £4.95

Children under 2: FREE

Address

Great Wedlock, Gumfreston, Tenby, Wales,  SA70 8RB

The Dinosaur Park Tenby

The Dinosaur Park Tenby

Things to do in Pembrokeshire with kids

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The lovely beaches in Pembrokeshire like Mwnt or Barafundle Bay

Pembroke Castle

7. Torquay’s Dinosaur World

Torquay’s Dinosaur World is home to full size and scaled dinosaurs and fossils. You can take part in the explorer quiz and sit on a deadly dinosaur.

Ticket prices

Adults (15+): £5.95

Children (3-15): £5.95

Children under 3: FREE

Address

3 Victoria Parade, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BB

Torquay's Dinosaur World

Torquay’s Dinosaur World

Things to do in Devon with kids

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Babbacoombe Model Village

Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves

8. Wingham Wildlife Park

Wingham Wildlife Park in Kent is predominantly an animal park but has a great Dinosaur park. Take a look at their Dinosaur A-Z which gives some really informative information on each of their 22 dinosaurs.

Ticket prices

Adults: £19.00

Children (2-15): £16.00

Children under 2: FREE

Address

Rusham Road, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1JL

Wingham Wildlife Park

Wingham Wildlife Park

Things to do in Kent with kids

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Explore the beautiful medieval city of Canterbury including Canterbury Cathedral

Leeds Castle

Visit one of the lovely beaches in Kent (Whitstable, Broadstairs, Margate or Botany Bay)

9. Paultons Park Lost Kingdom

Paultons Park is a theme park and home to Peppa Pig World and the Lost Kingdom dinosaur theme park. Here you’ll find Jurassic themed rides including 2 rollercoasters as well as a number of animatronic dinosaurs, some of which wander around the park.

Ticket prices (includes Peppa Pig World)

Anyone over 1m: £35.75

Children under 1m: FREE

Family of 4: £139.00

Address

Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

Alive Dinosaur Encounter at Paultons Park

Alive Dinosaur Encounter at Paultons Park

Things to do in Hampshire with kids

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Highclere Castle (home of Downton Abbey)

Winchester Science Centre

10. Dino Park Dumfries

Dino Park in Dumfries has 15 dinosaurs in the dinosaur park as well as lots more dinosaur related activities. Hear dinosaur stories in the Dino Den, take a walk through the dark Dino Mine, bounce on the bouncy dinosaur or dig for fossils. If the weather isn’t great, there’s also a dinosaur soft play centre.

Ticket prices

Adults (14+): £3.50

Children (2-14): £6.50

Children under 2: FREE

Address

Hetland Garden Centre, Carrutherstown, Dumfries, DG1 4JX

Pteranodon at Dino Park in Dumfries

Pteranodon at Dino Park in Dumfries

Things to do in Dumfries with kids

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Caerlaverlock castle or Drumlanrig Castle

Mossyard Beach or Carrick Beach

Mabie Farm Park

Best dinosaur museums in the UK

There are so many great dinosaur museums around the UK. They are great places to visit on a rainy day and are highly educational. Your four year old may know it all already, but we can guarantee you’ll learn a lot! Some of the museums (the Natural History Museum in London) also have a large moving T-Rex as well as their collection of dinosaur bones and fossils.

The Natural History Museum (London)

The Dinosaur Museum (Dorchester)

Dinosaur Isle (Isle of Wight)

New Walk Museum (Leicester)

Lyme Regis Museum (Lyme Regis)

Manchester Museum (Manchester)

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

World Museum (Liverpool)

Yorkshire Museum (York – but closed until April 2021)

Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Oxford – opens late September)

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (Cambridge – reopens 24th September)

Or for something a little different…

The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs is the world’s first dinosaur park, It was created in 1854 with three sculptures. The statues may be anatomically incorrect, but this is because they were created around the time that dinosaurs were first being discovered and so not a lot was known about them. There are now over 30 statues to visit.

Visit the Jurassic Coast in Dorset or Hunstanton Beach in Norfolk or the Isle of Wight for your very own fossil hunting. Always check guidelines on fossil hunting beforehand.

If you happen to find yourself in Alberta, Canada, you might want to visit Drumheller for a dinosaur adventure. It has earned itself the name of The Dinosaur Capital of the World!

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The 10 Best UK Dinosaur Parks

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