The Fossil Coast, Yorkshire


The Yorkshire coast has some of the most spectacular bays and cliffs in the UK.  Many of the cliffs are of Jurassic Age and yield fossils that can be found in a band of Jurassic rocks across central and eastern England.

Scarborough: In 2006 the Woodend Museum Scarborough was closed.  The collections are now in storage and held by the Scarborough Museums Trust.

Scarborough has a well established fossil trade and one of the best and oldest trader in the town is Richard Widdowson.  The has a shop called "Gems" on Eastborough, just up from the sea front.

The first Scarborough Fossil Festival took place in June 2010 and it is hoped that this event will be repeated in future years.

Robin Hoods Bay: is a classic fossil hunting site but it does not have a museum.

Whitby: The Whitby Phylosophical and Literary Society have collections including rocks and geology at the Whitby Museum.

Whitby is home to some interesting fossil shops. Byron Blessed runs a fossil business near the harbour called Natural Wonders.
Yorkshire Coast Fossils, run by Mike Marshall, can be found a little out of town at Moss Brow Farm, Sandsend Road, Whitby.

Whitby is the home of Whitby Jet, a form of fossil wood used to make ornaments and jewellery.  There are several specialist jet shops in the town.