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Durdle Door

Swim through the large natural arch in the cliffs, which juts out dramatically into the sea and dates back about 140 million years.

Durdle Door is a natural arch carved into the limestone cliffs on the Jurassic Coast of England. The geological feature is the unquestionable highlight of the Lulworth Estate, which is open to the public and consists of 12,000 acres (4,856 hectares) of picturesque terrain. Go for a romantic stroll along the stony beach and take photographs of this stunning geological feature.

The arch was formed by sea erosion on the cliff, which gradually wore away the weaker layers, leaving only the arch standing. Today, you’ll be able to spot other remnants of old arches in the form of rock stacks and stumps. As the crashing waves continue to pound Durdle Door, this is its inevitable future. The site’s name derives from the Old English word “thirl,” which means drill. The famous arch has featured in music videos and movies, such as Wilde and Nanny McPhee.

Note the fossil ripple marks in the slabs of rock at the lower section of the arch. At the top, there are visible rings that mark life from millions of years ago. Capture photos of these intriguing inscriptions of time. 

When the weather is sunny, the pebbly beach is a nice place to spend the day. Work on your tan or go for a swim in the sea with your family. The beach is quite steep, so weak swimmers and families with children should take extra care. 

Stroll along the green hills behind the beach for excellent views of the sea and the English countryside. Enjoy the serene ambiance and the fresh sea breeze as you traverse the large meadows. In the summer, there is a shop selling rock and fossil souvenirs as well as refreshments.

Durdle Door is 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) east of Weymouth on the south coast of England. You can access the site through the villages of Lulworth and Winfrith. Walk to the cliff tops and make your way down the steep hills to the beach. There is a parking lot nearby.


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Lux Living Apartment in 18th Century Country House

Lux Living Apartment in 18th Century Country House

East Chaldon Road, Winfrith Newburgh
0.0 out of 5.0

This historic holiday home is located in Dorchester (Winfrith Newburgh), close to Durdle Door, The Tank Museum and Lulworth Cove Beach. Area attractions also include Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and Clouds Hill.

The Red Lion

The Red Lion

Winfrith, Dorchester
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 6 miles (10 km) of Durdle Door, Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and Lulworth Cove Beach. Sculpture by the Lakes and Clouds Hill are also within 9 miles (15 km).

The Countryman Inn

The Countryman Inn

East Knighton, Dorchester
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this inn is within 6 miles (10 km) of Monkey World Ape Rescue Center, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove Beach. Sculpture by the Lakes and Clouds Hill are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Nutley Farm

Nutley Farm

Winfrith Heath, Dorchester
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach in Dorchester, this cottage is close to The Tank Museum and Sculpture by the Lakes. Area attractions also include Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and Clouds Hill.

Frome Dale

Frome Dale

East Burton Road, Wareham
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Wool, this bed & breakfast is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of Clouds Hill and Lulworth Cove Beach. Wareham Town Museum and Durdle Door are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt

Best Western Weymouth Hotel Rembrandt

Dorchester Road, Weymouth
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pirate Adventure Mini Golf, Weymouth Marina and Radipole Lake Nature Reserve. Sea Life Park and Weymouth Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Kemps Country House

Kemps Country House

East Stoke, Wareham
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Wareham, this luxury guesthouse is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Wareham Town Museum and within 6 miles (10 km) of Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and Clouds Hill. Corfe Castle and Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Rural Cottage in Dorset with Hot Tub

Rural Cottage in Dorset with Hot Tub

3 Hardys Row, Dorchester
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this cottage is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Max Gate and within 6 miles (10 km) of Terracotta Warriors Museum and Dorset Teddy Bear Museum. Dinosaur Museum and Maumbury Rings are also within 6 miles (10 km).