The Ultimate Dinosaur Guide for Worcestershire

Who else has a dinosaur fan in the house. We certainly do and there are so many ways to have a roaring time at the moment locally. Here are some of our favourites in Worcestershire and nearby:

West Midlands Safari Park


Sadly you cannot see the dinosaurs as part of the safari but you certainly hunt them down in The Land of the Living Dinosaurs. This is the UK’s largest animatronic dinosaur attraction and features many different dinosaurs big and small. They currently have a special event on for the new Jurassic World movie.

“There is so much to see at West Midlands Safari Park and The Land of Living Dinosaurs is a must see. All the top dinos are featured and they almost are lifelike in size (and sound). It is also worth checking out the Ice Age display which features the mammals that came after the dinosaurs”.

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Why not check out our Review: West Midlands Safari Park

For more information and to book pop over to their website

Big in the City

To celebrate the arrival of Dippy the Dinosaur, you can follow a special dino trail of topiary dinosaurs across Birmingham City Centre. On all summer, you can learn more about this prehistoric beasts.

To aid you on your way collect a special map from any of these places:

  • Selfridges (Customer Service Desk & Kids Level 1)
  • John Lewis (Customer Service Desk & Homeware Level 3)
  • Bullring Customer Service Desk
  • Grand Central Customer Service Desk
  • Piccadilly Arcade
  • Great Western Arcade
  • The Mailbox
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Staying Cool Apartments
  • Premier Inn on Waterloo St & Stephenson Place

“This is a lovely feature which is a smaller scale version of the bears and owls they have previously featured across the city. There are some duplicates and we only hunted down a few of the dinosaurs but it is well worth including this with a trip to see Dippy the Dinosaur at Birmingham Museum”

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Alternatively download an electronic version here

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Lapworth Museum of Geology

This is a small but lovely little museum sited on the University of Birmingham grounds. There are rocks, fossils and a dinosaur skeleton – all for free.

Note: parking is only available for blue badge holders during the week.

“This museum is a little gem which features a dinosaur skeleton plus other prehistoric fossils and rocks. There are only a couple of rooms but certainly worth a visit if you are going to be nearby.

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For more see their website

All Things Wild

Contained within this nature centre is the ‘Step Through Time’ dinosaur walk around. Explore all about when these dinosaurs existed and get up close to the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus & Triceratops that remain ‘Frozen in time’.

“This was a lovely surprise when we first visited All Things Wild. Featuring a stroll amongst the dinosaurs both big and small plus you can also dig for dinosaur bones before finishing in the Dino Barn. The trail is generally accessible but can be a bit trickier for lightweight pushchairs in part due to the surface (much easier when I let my little one walk instead).

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Dippy the Dinosaur

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, known as Dippy, is taking a road trip to Birmingham from 26th May – 9th September 2018. The British icon is on a mission to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore nature on their doorstep.

Dippy on Tour will be a free ticketed event. Advanced booking is advised as this will be a very popular exhibition.

“Seeing Dippy certainly bought back some childhood memories and it was wonderful for my girls to now share them by seeing Dippy themselves (my eldest couldn’t believe how long he was). There is a small exhibition alongside Dippy mainly featuring the birds that descended from dinosaurs. In the school holidays there will be more Dippy related activities to enjoy so check out the museum’s website for more.”

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Drayton Manor

As well as enjoying all the fun of Thomas Land, the zoo and other rides, Drayton Manor has a dino trail where you can say hello to these prehistoric creatures.

“We visited Drayton Manor recently and my 4 year old was extremely happy to see the dino trail there. It is a small walk around trail featuring your most favourite dinosaurs. It is not enough for a visit on its own but certainly worth added to your visit to Thomas Land.”

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Wren’s Nest Nature Park, Dudley

Ripple beds found on Wren's Nest lit up
Credit: Black Country Geopark

Okay, so you cannot see actual dinosaurs here, but you can see the environment in which they lived plus go fossil hunting.

It is a large public access urban nature reserve covering some 101 acres (45 Hectares) in area. There are four way-marked walks at the site and many geoart sculptures, featuring viewing platforms and places to search in the scree for fossils.

Over 700 different types of fossil can be found here; 186 types of which were first discovered and described here and 86 are found nowhere else on earth.

There is currently no visitor centre, cafe or toilets at the site, so plan your visit with this in mind.

For more information see here

Dinosaur Show

Colwall Park Hotel, Walwyn Road, WR136 Great Malvern. 11am. 

Get ready to travel back in time with a real walking, talking, growling T-Rex, the dinosaur that was truly feared by all. The live dinosaur show is for all ages. Along with the show there will be a display of life like dinosaur models, as well as dinosaur bones and eggs. Visitors can also interact with a variety of real life prehistoric animals including snakes, spiders, scorpions, lizards and snapping turtles. Tickets £5. Under 2s free. 


Information checked at the time of writing but it is advised to check with the organiser before attending.

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