When it comes to family days out in Torquay, we consider Dinosaur World as something of a hidden gem.
Situated by the harbour, it appears to be quite small and unless you were walking by and spotted the dinosaurs located outside, you’d be forgiven for not realising it’s there.
However, it’s one of our favourite places to visit when we’re in Torquay. All three of my children, aged from three to nine, love dinosaurs and there’s something here to please them all.
We were greeted on arrival by enthusiastic staff who gave us our quiz sheet and the lowdown on what to expect. It’s deceptively large inside and the kids were quick to scurry off to hunt for the answers to their clues.
The dinosaurs varied in size, and the larger dinosaurs had signs inviting the children to sit on them – a perfect photo opportunity! The fact it’s so interactive is a massive selling point, especially if you’re visiting with children. There’s nothing worse than visiting somewhere where touching is frowned upon and having to try and stop your kids reaching out and having a feel!
My nine year old likes to consider himself a dinosaur expert, but the walls were jam packed full of dino facts that even he didn’t know! It was refreshing that they didn’t solely focus on the more famous dinosaurs such as the T-Rex and Velociraptors. Whilst they did discuss the old fans’ favourites, they also gave us facts about the lesser known creatures, which we were thankful of. No chance of my nine year old becoming bored!
They had models depicting the famous Velociraptor scene from Jurassic Park which had our three year old transfixed! The kids also loved the massive T-Rex skull and accompanying noises!
There was the opportunity to learn about not only dinosaurs, but also famous palaeontologists, as the kids were encouraged to hunt for fossils. There was even the chance to touch real fossilised dinosaur poo! The kids thought this was both hilarious and disgusting when they discovered it was real!
There was a craft room, where the little ones could rest their legs and colour and draw using the pencils and stencils provided. The kids enjoyed being able to take a moment to sit down and chat about what they had seen up to that point, as they got creative.
After we had finished our quiz, we walked out into a dinosaur themed gift shop – a dino enthusiast’s dream! They sold everything from t-shirts to colouring books. Here we were again met by a member of staff who engaged with the children, and checked the answers to the quiz. Each child was awarded with a certificate and the opportunity to sit upon a Deinonychus called Derek!
The quiz questions are changed periodically so if you make an annual trip, it’s worth another visit as it wouldn’t be repetitive.
We would definitely recommend a visit if you’re in the area. At £6.95 each, with children aged two and under going for free, it really is good value for money. They’re open daily from 11am – 5pm during the summer months.
I was offered complementary tickets in exchange for this honest review. As always, opinions are my own.