Lulworth Cove is a beautiful secluded pocket of the Jurassic Coast whose existence is owed to the collision of continents and the birth of the Alps. On offer here is tremendous walking and a fabulous visitor centre.

For those venturing to this area who don’t fancy the steep climb up the hill to neighbouring Durdle Door, a day spent at the Cove offers a relaxing, gentle and accessible experience of this section of the Jurassic Coast.

Lulworth Cove is part of the 12,000 acre Lulworth Estate, which has been owned and managed by the Weld family since 1641. The Lulworth Rangers operate out of the Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre and are responsible for conservation and visitor management across the estate. The village of West Lulworth sits immediately alongside the Cove.

How to Get There

Lulworth Cove can be easily accessed by car, by taking the turn-off at the village of Winfrith Newburgh if coming from the west, or the turn-off at Holmebridge (just past Wareham) if coming from the east.

The X54 bus connects Lulworth Cove to Weymouth, Bovington Tank Museum and Wool train station. You can also take a taxi from Wool station direct to the Cove.

For further information, visit our Travel page.

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Summer at Lulworth Cove. Photo © James Loveridge.

Car Parking and Facilities

Car parking is available at Lulworth Cove by the Visitor Centre. Please be aware that it can get full early in the day during peak season. From the car park it is a five minute walk to beach.

For the latest parking information and charges, visit Lulworth Estate’s website.

There are toilets available by the car park including accessible toilets. For the disabled toilet please enquire at the Visitor Centre gift shop. (Radar key required.)

Access to the beach is via a gentle and wide pathway, making Lulworth Cove an ideal destination for those with mobility issues. For wheelchair users, please be aware that there is no matting on the beach here.

Lulworth Cove and parking - Richard Szwejkowski
Lulworth Cove, car park and walking path. © Richard Szwejkowski

Beach Information and Dogs

Lulworth Cove is a sheltered cove with white stones on the beach. Because of its sheltered position, bathing is usually safe here.

Dogs are allowed here all year round. If bringing them down to the beach from the car park, please keep them on a lead on the left hand side of the walkway.

Lulworth Cove side view - Gary Campbell-Hall
Lulworth Cove. © Gary Campbell-Hall via Flickr.

See the below video from Lulworth Estate with everything you need to know about visiting Lulworth Cove.

Where to Stay

We recommend staying at one of our nearby Business Partners – Durdle Door Holiday ParkSwanage Coastal Park, and Sandyholme Holiday Park.

You can also hire a cottage in the area with holidaycottages.co.uk.

For a comprehensive list of local options, visit our Accommodation page.

Lulworth Cove from above - Phil Dolby
An elevated view of Lulworth Cove. © Phil Dolby via Flickr.

Things to do

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Grassland near Lulworth Cove. Photo © nootch via Flickr.

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre

Pay a visit to the 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.

2021 update: The Visitor Centre is currently closed, but there are plans for alternate opening arrangements for the 2021 Summer. We will update this page when more information is known.

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre
Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre. © Lulworth Estate

Walks Around Lulworth Cove

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 mysteriously abandoned village of Tyneham. To the west is the iconic Durdle Door, and further afield the lovely coastal hamlets of Osmington Mills and Ringstead.

Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door walking sign - Julz
Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door walking sign. © Julz via Flickr.

Education Groups

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre is usually available for school and other education groups, and field sessions with the Lulworth Rangers can also be booked.

2021 Update: Education services are temporarily closed, but enquiries about future sessions are welcome. Please contact the Lulworth Education team with your enquiry.

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School group at Lulworth Cove. © Lulworth Estate

Need to Know: 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 Purbeck.

 

Lulworth Cove and neighbouring 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.

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Lulworth Cove from the sea. © Steve Belasco - jurassicphotographic.com