Jurassic Coast Highlights

The Walk Through Time, where the rocks record 185 million years of the Earth’s history across 95 miles of coastline, is the most compelling theme in the Jurassic Coast story. Yet every part of the coast has its own story to tell.

Listed from west to east along the coast, these iconic towns and natural sites will enable you to get under the skin of the Jurassic Coast, and find out what makes it such a spectacular and unique World Heritage Site.

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…

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 cliffs at Beer offer the last glimpse of Chalk for anyone travelling West. The striking white cliffs, nestling amongst Read More…

seaton

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

charmouth ammonites

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

Golden Cap

What does the Jurassic Coast look like from 190m above the sea? Find out at Golden Cap. This famous landmark rises to Read More…

Clifftop South West Coast Path

At West Bay, crumbling golden cliffs of sand reveal falling sea levels from some 175 million years ago. Here the mighty Read More…

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…

Chesil footprints

“It is above all an elemental place, made of sea, shingle and sky, its dominant sound always that of waves Read More…

Portland Bill Lighthouse

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

weymouth

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

pliosaur

Dorchester is a Roman jewel in the heart of Dorset. This accessible county town boasts a rich heritage and is Read More…

durdle door

Durdle Door is one of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic landscapes. It is a natural arch, formed from a layer Read More…

lulworth cove 2018

Lulworth Cove makes for a superb day out for all ages. A beautiful secluded cove whose existence is owed to Read More…

The limestone ledges at Kimmeridge

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

old harry rocks from sea

Here, at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, the white chalk of Old Harry Rocks gleams brightly in the Read More…