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Jurassic Coastline Dorset

Want to see Dorset’s most renowned landmarks? Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of Durdle Door Beach on either a romantic trip or family day out. 

Created when the sea pierced through the Portland Limestone around 10,000 years ago, Durdle Door is one of the most iconic locations in the UK.

Situated on the World Heritage UNESCO Jurassic coast, the stone archway and swirling blue waters below attracts hundreds of visitors every year.

Next to the archway, lies a natural shingle beach where you can sit and admire the breath-taking view. But before you plan a visit to this natural hotspot, it’s important to know a few key tips so you can make the most of your visit.

Continue reading to plan your trip to Durdle Door…

Where is Durdle Door Beach?

Durdle Door sunset

Durdle Door Beach is located just east of Weymouth, Dorset, on the Lulworth Estate. The nearest villages are either West Lulworth or Lulworth Cove, both of which have pubs, so you can stop and get some tasty food.

It is a dog-friendly beach at all times of the year, and boasts some of the best views of Jurassic Coast rock formations that you’ll find anywhere.

How Can I Get There?


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It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Weymouth to Durdle Door Beach. You can also get there by public transport, via the X54 Jurassic Coaster, which stops at the entrance to Durdle Door Holiday Park.

If you plan on arriving by foot, the South West Coast Path runs directly above the beach.

Durdle Door Beach Parking:

The beach car park is located a ten to 15-minute walk, down a steep hill which guests must walk back up on their way home. At the bottom of the path, there are 143 steep stone steps leading down to the beach.

The path is made of stone, and due to the incline, is not recommended for wheelchair users, small children or anyone else who needs mobility assistance.

You should also wear sensible footwear when visiting the beach, such as trainers or walking boots, not sandals or flip-flops.

The costs to park at the car park are:

  • All Day Parking: £12
  • Up to 4 Hours Parking: £6

The car park opens at 9 AM and gets very busy in the summer, so it’s best to arrive earlier or later in the day if you want to avoid the crowds.

Jurassic Coast Durdle Door

Durdle Door Beach Postcode:

The postcode for the beach carpark is:

BH20 5PU

Can You Swim at the Beach?

You can swim at the beach in some places, however, there are no lifeguards, and the sea floor shelves steeply at points. Therefore, its advised that visitors swim with caution. Also, children must be supervised at all times.

Sandy beach with summer accessories

It’s also worth knowing that there aren’t any rubbish bins at this unspoilt beauty spot. It’s important to remember that anything you bring down to the beach, you’ll have to carry it back up again. Barbecues are not allowed at any time.

Whether you’re looking to sunbathe, paddle, or simply take in the scenery, hopefully, our guide has helped.

Can’t wait to visit this beautiful beach? Book a stay in one of our charming Dorset holiday cottages to be strolling next to the waves in no time.