Various shots of the Jurassic Cliffs and coastline at Lyme Regis, Dorset. The cliffs feature rock formations, fossils and other geologic features formed 145 to 200 million years ago – the Jurassic period. The cliffs are open to the public for most of the year, when it is safe to visit them. They are in a constantly crumbling state, with pieces of broken rock littering the beaches. You can actually look for fossils in the rocks if you have the time and patience – but do not expect to find the skull of a T-Rex or anything like that. We spent 2 hours scouring the beach and rocks and found a third of a spiral shellfish fossil embedded into some stone. This was a lot more than most people around us found – I can imagine many children going home disappointed after dreaming of finding loads of amazing prehistoric objects. Fossil hunting is a strong tourist attraction however, and many shops in the area make a tidy sum selling equipment for the archaeological dinosaur hunter tourists, items such as little hammers and brushes. There are also numerous found fossils from the cliffs for sale, a possible way for parents to avoid disappointed children returning empty-handed form the beach.