Fossil hunting in Whitby

Fossil hunting in Whitby

Team up with Real Yorkshire Tours’ Blue Badge guide Tim Barber and head to Yorkshire’s Jurassic Coast for a fabulous day’s fossil hunting in Whitby.

“Wowsers! With this part of the Yorkshire Jurassic Coast being well explored, we thought most of the fossils would have been gathered and taken away by now… how wrong could we be? Armed with a couple of claw hammers and welding safety glasses, along with Tim’s expert guidance, we still found dozens of ammonite and belemnite fossils on the beach, some of which we took home with us.

“Tim’s enthusiasm for fossil hunting is an absolute joy – beyond the amazing discoveries we found, he put it all in context by filling us in on just how these incredible fossils were made. Heading to the Whitby Museum in Pannet Park after our stint on the beach also helped… we found a few tiny fossilised shells, but when you see how big some of the other discoveries in the area were, it really puts it all in perspective. A really fabulous day out.”James & Lyndsey, Yorkshire's Best Adventures

What Real Yorkshire Tours say:

This trip is ideal for the young dinosaur hunter who wants to step back in time and discover Yorkshire’s own Dinosaur Coast.

Millions of years ago – Yorkshire was under a great ocean full of strange shellfish and huge marine reptiles. It then changed slowly into a large delta leaving behind dinosaur footprints in the mud, before turning into a shallow tropical sea home of corals and sharks.

How do we know all this – the story is in the rocks…let us guide you and bring to life this Jurassic ocean, taking you back 150-200 million years.

We’ll start our tour in Whitby, where I have been fossil hunting for years. After a short walk around the coast past Whitby’s famous gothic Abbey, we’ll arrive at one of Yorkshire’s secret top fossil hunting locations where after a short talk – we’ll be able to start hunting for our own fossils.

There’s a great chance of finding your own ammonite and belemnite fossils to take home. On our return we’ll point out the dinosaur footprints – long lost casts of a real life Jurassic Park.

Back in Whitby, there will be time for refreshments and looking at our finds over fish and chips or a sandwich and cake in Sanders Yard.

After our refreshemnts we’ll visit a Whitby Museum in Pannet Park – a traditional old fashioned museum with glass cases stacked with fossils. The museum is home to some world famous speciments of huge icthysaurs and pleisiosaurs, as well as the museums most treasured fossil, a three-meter long marine crocodile found in 1824.

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