Lulworth Cove makes for a superb day out for all ages. A beautiful secluded cove whose existence is owed to the collision of continents and the birth of the Alps, on offer is tremendous walking, a fabulous visitor centre, organised outdoor activities and more.
How to Get There
Where to Stay
We recommend staying at one of our nearby Business Partners – Durdle Door Holiday Park, Swanage Coastal Park, and Sandyholme Holiday Park. You can also hire a cottage in the area with Dorset Coastal Cottages, holidaycottages.co.uk, or Dorset Cottage Holidays.
Things to Do
We recommend visiting Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the Cove and Durdle Door, two of the most iconic geological features on the Jurassic Coast.
For the adventurous, Lulworth Outdoors, based at the Visitor Centre, offer coasteering, mountain biking and other outdoor pursuits.
Walking the South West Coast Path at Lulworth Cove is a brilliant experience, offering stunning views across the Jurassic Coast. An Ordnance Survey map is an ideal companion for a day’s walking.
Walking the coast path to the east of Lulworth Cove brings you to the incredible geological formations of Worbarrow Bay and the mysterious abandoned village of Tyneham. To the west is the iconic Durdle Door, and further afield the lovely coastal hamlets of Osmington Mills and Ringstead.
To see the coast from the sea, you can take a hair-raising boat trip across the cove with Lulworth RIB Rides.
If you’re visiting with children, we recommend a visit to Create at the Cove, a multi-faceted hands-on creative hub offering pottery, arts and crafts and other family-friendly activities.
Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre is available for education groups, and field sessions with the Lulworth Education Service rangers can be booked.
Car Parking and Facilities
For the latest parking information, visit Lulworth Estate’s website.
How Was Lulworth Cove Formed?
Around 25 million years ago the African tectonic plate collided with the European plate. The huge pressures generated heaved and folded rocks to create the mountain chain we know as the Alps. Ripples from that collision spread north through the Earth’s crust and gently folded the rocks here, in what would become south Dorset and Purbeck.
Lulworth Cove and its neighbour Durdle Door lie in the heart of one of these folds, where the rock layers have been tilted steeply. As the sea broke through the hard limestone it washed away the softer rocks behind creating the arch, the cove and the beautiful coastline where Lulworth Cove is found.
Right next door is Stair Hole, which has its own fascinating creation story.