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National Cycle NetworkTravelling by Bus on the IslandHiring Island Coaches
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We are delighted to announce that we reopen on Monday 20 July.

Call 01983 404344 to book your visit and before you do, please read the information below to ensure you will get the most from your time with us; measures are in place to ensure you and our staff are safe.

  • Our opening times are Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm with our last admission at 3pm.
  • Face coverings must be worn inside all areas of our museum and shop with the exception of those who are medically exempt. Our staff will be wearing masks too.
  • Please comply with government guidelines on social distancing.
  • A telephone booking system is in place to ensure we don’t exceed our limits on capacity and to enable us to comply with the NHS Test and Trace system. Our staff will take your details and hold these for 21 days to comply with government guidelines. Your personal details will be destroyed thereafter and not used for any other purposes.
  • Screens are in place at reception. 
  • We will be taking contactless payments. 
  • A one-way system is in place in order to maximise social distancing. If you would like to revisit anything you have seen in the museum, you can follow the one way route and walk through again. 
  • We have introduced hand sanitiser throughout the museum to enable you to touch our interactive displays. Please use this as frequently as possible and always before and after touching an interactive. 
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning throughout the museum. 
  • Our toilet facilities are open as normal with paper hand towels available. 

We very much look forward to seeing you soon and hope you enjoy your visit!


 

Location

INTERACTIVE MAP (click on the Isle of Wight)


Post Code for Satellite Navigation Users - PO36 8QA



GOOGLE Map

Dinosaur Isle is located on Culver Parade, on the seafront.


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Arriving by Car

Car MapClick on a site below to find out how to get here from where you live.

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Cross-Solent Travel - By Car Ferry

Southampton to East Cowes

The Red Funnel car ferry Red Osprey. Picture courtesy of Red Funnel.
Click here for the Red Funnel website.Red Funnel operates a car ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes. Click on the logo for the website.


Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth

The Wightlink car ferry St. Clare. Picture courtesy of Wightlink.
Click here for the Wightlink websiteWightlink operates two car ferry services; between Portsmouth and Fishbourne to the east, and Lymington and Yarmouth in the west. Click on the logo for the website.


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Cross-Solent Travel - By Passenger Ferry

Southampton to West Cowes

Red Funnel's Red Jet 4. Picture courtesy of Red Funnel.
Click here for the Red Funnel website.Red Funnel operates a fast passenger ferry service from Southampton to West Cowes. Click on the logo for the website.


Portsmouth to Ryde

Wightlink's Wight Ryder II. Picture courtesy of Wightlink.
Click here for the Wightlink websiteWightlink operates a fast passenger ferry service from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head. Click on the logo for the website.


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Cross-Solent Travel - By Hovercraft

Hovercraft service between Southsea and Ryde. Picture courtesy of Hovertravel.

Click here for the Hovertravel website  Hovertravel run services between Ryde Esplanade and Southsea, with a crossing time of less than 10 minutes. They have a frequent service running 7 days a week.
Click on the logo for the website.


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Travelling by Train

Island Line Train. Picture courtesy of Island Line.

















There is a direct link and regular train service from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, where it is only a short step to the Wightlink Fast Cat service that crosses to Ryde Pier Head, which in turn connects by the Island Line train to Sandown. You can buy a through-ticket from London Waterloo to Sandown.

National Train journey planning website: www.nationalrail.co.uk

Island Trains website: ... ... ... ... ... ... ...  www.islandlinetrains.co.uk

Community Rail Partnership website: ...   www.isleofwightcrp.co.uk


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Using the National Cycle network

Dinosaur Isle is situated on the sea-front in Sandown Bay, close to the Isle of Wight Coastal Footpath and the National Cycle Network.

Information on the nearest cycling and walking routes is available from the
Sustrans website.


Sustrans websiteThe award winning National Cycle Network is a comprehensive network of safe and attractive routes to cycle and walk throughout the UK, one third of which is on traffic-free paths, the rest follows quiet lanes or traffic-calmed roads. The first 10,000 miles of safe and attractive cycling and walking routes has been completed bringing the Network to within 1 mile of 50% of the population.

Sustrans, the UK's leading sustainable transport charity and the charity behind the National Cycle Network, works on projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport to benefit health and the environment.

Click the logo to visit the Sustrans website.


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Travelling by Bus on the Island

Southern Vectis

Southern Vectis bus in Godshill. Picture courtesy of Southern Vectis.
Route 2 from Ryde; and from Newport via Godshill and Shanklin.
Route 3 from Ryde; and from Newport via Ventnor and Shanklin.
Route 8 from Newport via Arreton, Winford and Apse Heath; and from Ryde via Seaview, St. Helens and Bembridge.

Island Coaster - Tours between Ryde (via Bembridge, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor) and the Needles (running from Spring through the Summer).

Click here for the Southern Vectis website.

Click on the logo for the Southern Vectis website for timetables.


The Sandhopper - Sandown's Community Rail Bus

The Sandhopper Bus. Picture courtesy of The Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership and The Bay CofE Primary School.
Route No. 24 - Saturdays only. Operating from 5th April 2014 to October.
A regular shuttle bus service running every half hour from Sandown Railway Station to a number of attractions and Sandown seafront, including Dinosaur Isle.

Click here to download a 2014 Timetable.         Click here for a timetable.

Isle of Wight Community Rail Partnership website 

Click on the logo to visit the Community Rail Partnership website.


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Hiring Island Coaches

Coach parked at Yaverland. Picture courtesy of Southern Vectis.


CompanyTelephoneWebsite
A.L.S. Travel(01983) 401100Click here for website.
The Alpha Group0800 298 5421
Brading Coaches(01983) 407005Click here for website.
Diamond Travel (IW) Ltd(01983) 614049
Gange's Coaches(01983) 296666
Island Coach Services(01983) 408080
Kardan Travel Limited(01983) 520995Click here for website.
Minibus Plus
(16 seat minibuses)
(01983) 403040Click here for website.
Seaview Services(01983) 407070Click here for website.
Southern Vectis(01983) 827000Click here for website.
Wightrollers Limited(01983) 404028Click here for website.

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Walking from Sandown

Street map of Sandown.

Island Roads

Island roads are undergoing a programme of continuing improvement schemes and works.

If you are travelling by car or coach on our roads then you can keep up with closures by visiting the Island Roads website.

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Dinosaur Isle,
Culver Parade,
Sandown,
Isle of Wight
England
PO36 8QA

Tel: +44 (0)1983 404344
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