Jurassic Coast Towns

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The Jurassic Coast is peppered with dozens of historic towns and villages along its entire length. These can make great bases for discovering the coast, and many are fascinating destinations in their own right. Listed here are profiles on some of the key towns and villages along the coast.

You can also download our handy Mini Guide which contains all you need when planning a trip to the Jurassic Coast. The fold out guide features a handy map of the area including Jurassic Coast towns public transport routes and points of interest plotted, as well as information on some of the most popular sites along the coast.

The new edition features a fully updated map, as well as contact information for Visitor Centres, museums and Tourist Information Centres.

 

St Catherines Chapel with Chesil beach beyond

This very old village, settled amongst the hills behind the great Chesil Bank, is one of Dorset’s finest, and has Read More…

The beach at Beer

Tucked in a small valley, the delightful, bustling fishing village of Beer is one of the treasures of the Jurassic Read More…

The beach at Branscombe

The picturesque village of Branscombe is said to be the longest in the country, sweeping down a spectacular steep-sided valley, Read More…

The beach at West Bay

Bridport is a small market town in West Dorset which lies around two miles inland from West Bay. The town Read More…

Budleigh Salterton beach

Budleigh Salterton is a tranquil and historic seaside town lying about 15 miles southwest of Exeter. Situated within the East Read More…

Charmouth beach is one of the best places to hunt for fossils

The attractive seaside village of Charmouth can trace its history back to the Iron Age, when the Celts founded a Read More…

Boats moored at Exmouth

Exmouth is the western gateway to the Jurassic Coast. It lies on the east bank of the mouth of the Read More…

Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay, half a mile south west of the village of Kimmeridge via a toll road, features some of the Read More…

The promenade at Lyme Regis

The historic seaside town of Lyme Regis nestles in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the point where the Read More…

Portland Bill Lighthouse

Joined only to the mainland by a thin strip at the southern end of the sweeping arc of Chesil Beach, Read More…

Boats moored at Axmouth

The popular coastal resort of Seaton lies just to the west of the Axe estuary, one of the most beautiful Read More…

The Regency seafront at Sidmouth

The picturesque seaside town of Sidmouth nestles beneath majestic Triassic red cliffs and the green hills of the glorious Sid Read More…

The view across Swanage Bay. Photo M Simons DCC

Swanage is the most easterly town on the Jurassic Coast, and its gently shelving sandy beach and sheltered waters have Read More…

The view across sheltered Lulworth Cove

Some of the most iconic sites on the Jurassic Coast can be found near the village of West Lulworth, which Read More…

Boats moored at Weymouth

Weymouth has long been one of the most popular seaside resorts in Britain – holidaymakers have been flocking to this Read More…