Over the last few months my eldest has become the biggest dinosaur fan. He can easily list numerous dinosaurs for you, not just the common T-Rex and Triceratops but some of the lesser know ones too – ones I can’t even pronounce -and he has developed an obsession with the T-Rex Ranch channel on YouTube (anybody else’s little ones watch this?!). Due to this new craze we’ve been looking for some dinosaur-themed places to visit in West Midlands and wanted to share four of our favourites.
Ok so technically not the West Midlands but it’s not too far a drive. My cousin recommended All Things Wild to us; it’s a wildlife park with a huge dinosaur themed area.
First stop for us was the Dino Field, which is packed with huge replicas of many of the most popular dinosaurs including the T-Rex, Triceratops (my personal fave), Allosaurus and Stegosaurus plus lots more. Our dinosaur mad little one was in his element and got a picture with each dinosaur before moving onto the next one.
The models are huge, especially the Diplodocus, and you can also take a quick tractor tour through the field at regular intervals throughout the day (included in the price).
There’s also the Dinosaur Barn where you can see fossils and find out more about the three different prehistoric periods. For non-dinosaur fans – Ada I’m looking at you – there are lots of farm animals and randomly camels, zebras and kangaroos, as well as soft play, outdoor areas and go karts. We had such a fun afternoon so I’d definitely recommend it.
Prices: £12.99 per adult and £11.99 per child, under 2’s are free.
Address: Station Road, Honeybourne, Nr Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 7QZ
Oh I do love Drayton Manor. It’s only about 15 minutes away from us so we’ve been quite a far bit over the past couple of years as the Thomas Land area is perfect for the kids. Also they do an amazing term time toddler and parent ticket offer (more details here).
The one thing they have for dinosaur fans is the Dino Trail. Packed with models of some of the most famous dinosaurs, there’s also lots to learn too. Probably not one to visit especially for but if you’re at the park already, it’s definitely a must-visit for any dino fan.
Price: It varies dependent on days and events, see the full breakdown here.
Address: Drayton Manor Park, Near Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 3TW
We found this little gem online just before Christmas and finally got to visit at the start of the year. The Lapworth Museum of Geology at University of Birmingham is a free attraction located in Edgbaston and showcases fossil finds from across the UK. It even has an Allosaurus skeleton on display and lots of fossils. If you’re little ones like crafting there’s a breakout educational room to keep them entertained plus lots of other mini exhibitions focusing on earthquakes, volcanoes and marine life.
Price – it’s free! And parking is free too.
Address: Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
Oh I do love a trip to the safari park. I’m basically an admirer of animals from afar so a safari is perfect for me and my youngest who totally shares my lack of interest), and whilst my eldest loves animals, he LOVES the Land of the Dinosaurs. It’s the UK’s largest animatronic dinosaur attraction and in all honesty it’s pretty impressive. We spent ages looking at each dinosaur and Harley again insisted that we got pictures with every dinosaur – honestly my camera roll is just full of dinosaurs. Keep an eye out for the T-Rex (it’s pretty massive so you can’t miss it) – it gave us all quite the fright!
Alongside the dinosaur section there’s an Ice Age area, which is great, and then lots of other animal attractions including a bat cave, reptiles and hippos plus so much more. It’s definitely a great value day out especially as the huge funfair is also open during the summer (separate cost).
Price: Adult – £24.00 Child (3-15yrs) – £20.00 Concessions (Student or Senior) – £22.00 Under 3s – Free
You also get a free return ticket included for everybody in the car.
Address: West Midland Safari Park. Bewdley, Worcs, DY12 1LF
Have you visited any of these places with your dinosaur-mad kids or visited one I’m missing? Tell me in the comments! If you’re looking for something to do with the toddlers in the same region take a look at my guide here – it contains some good ones!