Last week my family and I went on a little holiday down south, we started in Fareham staying with my brother and then travelled to Paignton to see my nana. Before our trip I researched places to visit and things to do and found Torquay’s Dinosaur World on the Visit South Devon website and thought it would make a great trip as both boys love dinosaurs but especially the tiddler.
Torquay’s Dinosaur World in situated close to the waters front and within walking distance to a number of car parks, making it a great addition to any trip to Torquay. When we arrived we were greeted by the owner who clearly loves his job and has a passion for the business he runs which instantly rubbed off on us making us even more excited to start our tour. We were given a quiz sheet to complete on the way round and told to look out for the interactive stations and to get stuck in.
Dinosaur world starts with some great models of dinosaurs that the tiddler loved and they are surrounded by facts, figures and fascinating information that me and the big’un loved reading and seeing if they answered any of our questions.
As we wandered around the first part we were encouraged to stop to take photographs with different models and to sit on others and then when we entered the next section we were greeted by a scene from Jurassic park wich the big’un recognised and the tiddler pretended he did!
From there we went upstairs and were invited to dig for bones taking us from film stars to palaeontologists in a matter of minutes, constantly learning with every step we took. As well as uncovering fossils there was also the opportunity to get creative in the art room where we all drew some dinosaurs of our own, measure ourselves against a life size dinosaur bone and touch some real dinosaur poo, which of course the boys found fascinating.
As we ended the tour our quiz sheets were marked and the teacher in me started to get nervous but thankfully our research skills had been great and we scored a pretty impressive 100% which meant the boys got a dinosaur expert certificate which they were both pretty proud of.
Overall Torquay’s dinosaur world was a fantastic afternoon activity for our whole family, from my nana to the 5 year old we all found something we enjoyed and learnt lots of new things about dinosaurs. Whether it’s hands on activities or learning new information, there really is something for everyone here.
If you are planning on paying them a visit I would say that you need to have about 2 hours to really enjoy this attraction but if pushed for time you could get round quicker and likewise you could stay longer if you wanted to but ideally I would recommend allowing a 2 hour slot.
The cost of a ticket is £5.95 which I think is really good value for money and the gift shop also has a range of products varying in price with many items being what I would call, pocket money gifts, with the tiddler picking a little dinosaur that bites when you pull its arm, which he is still playing with now we are home.
Would I recommend this attraction?
I absolutely would, especially if you find yourself with a rainy afternoon in Torquay as unlike most attractions in this area this is all inside.
If you are looking for other ideas for days out near Torquay then we can recommend Living Coasts which is walking distance form dinosaur world as well as the stream train ride with the South Devon Railway and Pennywell farm which is a little further away.
If you are a fan of Dinosaur related days out then check out this comprehensive list of roarsome dinosaur parks in the UK by Mum On A Budget.
(Thakyou to Torquay’s dinosaur world and visit south Devon who gifted us the tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.)