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Top Choice Landmark in Lulworth Cove

Durdle Door

The poster child of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, this immense, sea-fringed, 150-million-year-old Portland stone arch was created by a combination of massive earth movements and erosion. Today it's framed by shimmering b…
Castle in Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Castle

A confection in creamy, dreamy white, this baronial pile looks more like a French chateau than a traditional English castle. Built in 1608 as a hunting lodge, it's survived extravagant owners, extensive remodelling …
Bay in Lulworth Cove

Stair Hole Bay

Stair Hole Bay sits just a few hundred metres west of Lulworth Cove. This diminutive semicircle is almost enclosed by cliffs that feature tiny rock arches – a route in that's popular with kayakers. On the landward s…
Music in Lulworth Cove

Bestival

Held in early August, Bestival delights in an eclectic, alternative feel, drawing the likes of the Super Furry Animals, Scissor Sisters, London Grammar and Candi Staton to Dorset's Lulworth Estate.
Seafood in Lulworth Cove

Cove Fish

The seafood piled high in this shed by the path to the beach has been caught by ninth- and 10th-generation fishermen Joe and Levi. Bag some fish for the barbecue, or tuck into Lulworth Cove crab (from £4) or lobster…
Cafe in Lulworth Cove

Boat Shed

Views don't come much better than from the terrace of this converted fishers' storage shack set right beside Lulworth's glittering circular cove. The food spans fine brunches, Dorset cream teas, mezze platters and –…
Pub in Lulworth Cove

Castle

A picture-perfect, rambling thatched inn with a swish new interior, garden and regularly changing selection of prime Dorset ciders.
Museum in Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre

Excellent displays outline how geology and erosion have combined to shape the area's remarkable shoreline. Staff can advise about walks, too.
Natural Feature in Lulworth Cove

Fossil Forest

A half-mile hike east from Lulworth Cove used to lead to the remains of a Jurassic jungle. Unfortunately, the path has been wiped out by a landslide, and at time of writing access to the forest was closed. The path …