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by Fiona Trowbridge (subscribe)
I am a freelance travel writer creating memories with a 'can do' mind set. I enjoy stepping outside my comfort zone to explore, learn & share. Visit my blog at
Published January 31st 2017
Jurassic Jim - A Little Gem on the High Street
At a time when high streets are becoming homogenised it's refreshing to find a town, like Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, that's bucking that trend and embracing individual, exclusive shops like Jurassic Jim.

Jurassic Jim's Shanklin High Street
Jurassic Jim's Shanklin High Street

Jurassic Jim's on the High Street is a quirky little fossilshop with a difference. Yes , you will find fossils and crystals, shark teeth and dinosaur bones, ancient artefacts and tribal art but the thing that makes this shop unique is Jurassic Jim himself.

Jurassic Jim
Jurassic Jim

Jim is a larger than life character, an amazing story teller with a fantastic tale behind every item in his shop and if you fancy doing some dinosaur digging yourself, he'll show you what you should be looking for and tell you the best places to go fossil hunting on the island.

With his prize winning window displays and community spirit, Jim has turned a fossil shop into an Isle of Wight tourist attraction.

So, if you're on the hunt for that unique gift, there's no need to search any further than Shanklin High Street. Don't just take my word for it, Jurassic Jim was voted as 'the best shop to pick up that something special' by visitors to the Isle of Wight in 2015.

Fossils Crystals Jurassic Jim Shop
Inside Jurassic Jim's Shop

You will find the most up to date information about Jurassic Jim, his current stock and opening times, on his Facebook page.
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Why? A great place to find something different and meet an amazing character
When: 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday (Sundays during summer season)
Phone: 44 (0)1983 864577
Where: 43 High Street Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 6JJ
Cost: Free
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