Things to do in Charmouth

A perennial favourite with families, Charmouth is an unspoilt seaside village at the mouth of the river Char on the Jurassic Coast, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a fantastic beach which is world-renowned for its fossils as well as plenty of shops, pubs and cafés. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite things to do in Charmouth and the surrounding area to help you enjoy your holiday in Charmouth.

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Charmouth Heritage Centre

With free entry to the fabulous Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, you can see some amazing fossils, learn how to discover your very own fossils at the beach and get the chance to see the legendary Ichthyosaur – Attenborough’s Sea Dragon.

Charmouth Beach

A beautiful area of the Dorset coast with spectacular seascapes. Popular with fossil hunters, families and day trippers. Charmouth Beach is made up of two beaches, the West Beach which is made up of sand and shingle and the East Beach, which has more sand and is a good place to find small Ammonite and Belemnite fossils.
East Beach – No Dogs between 10:00am and 6:00pm during July and August – Unrestricted at all other times.
West Beach – Dogs Not Permitted 1st May to 30th September.
Unrestricted at all other times.

Golden CapGolden Cap

The highest point on the south coast, Golden Cap gets its name from the golden greensand rock “cap” at the top of the cliff. Park up in the National Trust Car Park at the top of Stonebarrow Lane in Charmouth. This gives you the chance to explore the many footpaths and routes to the top, enjoying the spectacular views of the coast and countryside along the way.

The Tunnel Target Sports Centre

The Tunnel Target Sports Centre is an indoor target shooting range with three ranges of 25m, 35m and 100m. The 25m and 35m ranges can be used with airguns, .22 or gallery rifles, and the 100m range is home to the UK’s only .50 calibre experience. Shooting experiences suitable for novice or experienced shooters are available for individuals or groups.

Enjoy Fish and Chips by the Sea

Charmouth Fish Bar and Pizzeria has a wide and varied menu using only the finest fish from certified sustainable waters. It does get very busy during peak season so to avoid delays it is best to pre-order before 5pm for collection later. (As they hold an alcohol license you can enjoy a cheeky local beer while your tea is cooking!)

The Royal Oak, CharmouthTraditional English Pubs

Charmouth has two lovely pubs. Both are dog-friendly, family pubs, where children are welcome with well-behaved adults – serving home cooked food made with fresh local produce. The George is a freehouse serving locally brewed beverages and The Royal Oak is supplied by Palmers Ales which has its brewery in nearby Bridport.

Take a walk along the River Char

Take the footpath that follows the River Char to Whitchurch Canonicorum about two miles away. The footpath starts just over the A35 bypass bridge on the lane to Wootton Fitzpaine. On reaching Whitchurch take some time to visit the church of St.Candida & Holy Cross. ‘The Cathedral of the Vale’ contains the shrine of St.Whit (St.Candida), one of only two shrines in Britain to survive the Reformation.

Enjoying lunch at The Bank House

Drop into The Bank House for some lunch or sample some of the fantastic cakes that are on offer for afternoon tea.

Fossil hunting in Charmouth

Fossil Hunting Walks

Take a fossil hunting walk along the coast at Charmouth. Options include a two-hour session with a Marine Warden from the Heritage Coast Centre or a guided walk with local geologist Chris Pamplin who has been guiding at Charmouth since 1997.

South West Coastal Path Walks

Charmouth is the perfect access to the South West Coastal Path. The X-53 Jurassic Coast Bus service enables you to hop on and off at strategic points along the Jurassic Coast.

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