Fossils can be found anywhere.
They could be buried deep in the ground beneath where you’re standing at this very moment.
There are a few spots that we care for that are famed for their fossils. If you’re interested in fossils, or your kids are working their way through the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾, you can’t do better than start at these places.
Golden Cap is a great place to start if you're interested in hunting for fossils: you can pick them up off the ground.
Visit Birling Gap in Sussex or Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight and you might find a millions-of-years-old fossil among the rocks.
There are fossils in the ancient rocks of the Yorkshire coast, and you could find them if you look hard enough.
Hunt out the mysterious graptolites at Abereiddi, and look back almost 500 million years.
Can you find an ammonite at Arnside or a shark's tooth at Silverdale? There are loads of places in the North West where you can uncover fossils.
Fossils are often washed up on the shore at Blakeney Point, so head down there and see what you can pick up.
Did you know you can hunt for fossils indoors? Many of our places have collections of them, and if you keep your eyes open you never know what you might see.
Dressing up is a fun way for children to get in touch with the past. We've picked our top places to try on costumes and play make believe.
The hills we look after offer fantastic views, but for children, the adventure is in the climb. Remind them to tick it off their list of '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾'.
This guide covers the best places for fossil hunting, and safety advice to help families and fully-grown fossil enthusiasts get going.