Durdle Door

Durdle Door is one of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic landscapes. It is a natural arch, formed from a layer of hard limestone standing almost vertically out of the sea.

 

How to Get There

Durdle Door is best accessed by car, or by the X55 bus which connects this stretch of coastline to Weymouth, Bovington Tank Museum and Wool train station.


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 or holidaycottages.co.uk.

Durdle Door from offshore
Durdle Door from offshore, Purbeck, Dorset, UK © jurassicphotographic.com

 

Durdle Door offshore
Durdle Door from offshore, Purbeck, Dorset, UK © jurassicphotographic.com

 

Durdle Door, Swyre Head, Bat's Head
Durdle Door, Swyre Head, Bat’s Head, Purbeck, Dorset, UK © jurassicphotographic.com

 

Things to Do

Visitor Centre

Pay a visit to the nearby Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre, where you can learn about Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, two of the most iconic geological features on the Jurassic Coast.

Outdoor Activities

Lulworth Outdoors, based at Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre, offers coasteering, mountain biking and other outdoor pursuits.

Walking

Walking the South West Coast Path at Durdle Door offers spectacular views across the Jurassic Coast. We recommend an Ordnance Survey map to accompany a day’s walking.

Walking the coast path to the east of Durdle Door brings you to the famous Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole. Further afield are the incredible geological formations of Worbarrow Bay and the eerie abandoned village of Tyneham. To the west are the coastal hamlets of Osmington Mills and Ringstead.

Family Activities

If you’re visiting Durdle Door with children, we recommend a visit to nearby Create at the Cove, a multi-faceted hands-on creative hub offering pottery, arts and crafts and other family-friendly activities.

School Groups

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre is available for education groups, and field sessions with the Lulworth Education Service rangers can be booked.

The Jurassic Coast is the perfect location to explore with your canine companion. There are plenty of dog friendly beaches you can use,
Archie the Jack Russell enjoying himself at Durdle Door

Car Parking and Facilities

Parking is available directly above Durdle Door. For the latest parking information and costs, visit Lulworth Estate’s website.

Durdle Door is also one of the Jurassic Coast’s dog-friendly beaches and can be enjoyed with your four-legged friend.

 


Need to Know: How Was Durdle Door 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.

If you visit Durdle Door, look carefully and you will notice that the layers exposed in the cliffs are tilting steeply to the north. Durdle Door itself is formed from a layer of hard limestone standing almost vertically out of the sea. Normally layers of limestone would be horizontal. Only the most fundamental force in geology could have altered these rocks in this way – plate tectonics.

 


Other Highlights Nearby

While you’re in the area, why not check out nearby Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge and Swanage.