Grant Museum Family Event: Fossil Hunting in London

Tour , Family event
UCL Main Building
16th Sep 2023
13:00  - 14:30

Meet in the quad outside the UCL Main Building.

Photograph of a large white building with a domed roof and column-lined portico. There is a crowd of people in front of the building and a banner across the front which reads 'WELCOME'.

Join us for a family-friendly tour of UCL Bloomsbury campus exploring the fossils and interesting rocks hidden within the very centre of London and the stories they contain. With the Grant Museum of Zoology currently closed, UCL Museums are bringing our family events outside the museum, around the UCL Bloomsbury campus. This autumn 2023 we are hosting a short series of workshops all about fossils, kicking off with a fossil hunt tour.

UCL and the adjacent University of London buildings are constructed from typical London building materials such as Portland Stone and Cornish Granite. Unassuming materials to the untrained eye, geologist Dr. Ruth Siddall will reveal the fossils visible in Portland Stone, and crystals found in granites (and more!) on her fossil and rock hunting tour of UCL. Come along on a 1.5 hour adventure around UCL and discover London's natural history...


This is a family-friendly tour, recommended for ages 8+. Individuals are also welcome, please note the tour will cater to a large age range.


Booking is required for this event. Please reserve yourself a space by booking one ticket per family group on our Eventbrite page.


The majority of this tour will take place outside and a step free route can be taken.

Finding us

We are located in Bloomsbury, in the heart of central London. The nearest tube stations are Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Warren Street (Victoria Line), and buses 18, 30, 73, 134 and 205 stop 3-5 minutea away on Euston Road.

Here's the location for our meeting point on Google to help you find your preferred route.

Can we bring lunch with us?

There are plenty of nearby cafes and restaurants within 10 minutes walk of UCL, and if you intend on bringing your own lunch for the day, our staff will be able to point you in the direction of the best place to eat inside (or outside) on campus.

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