Lulworth contains two of the most famous landmarks of the Jurassic Coast: Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.
Apart from containing the two iconic landmarks mentioned above, the Lulworth estate (which covers some 20 square miles) also has the 17th century Lulworth Castle. The castle has regular annual events including the well known ‘Camp Bestival‘ music festival.
There are two villages with the name Lulworth. West Lulworth, which is the gateway village to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site; and East Lulworth, which is located near to the Castle.
West Lulworth village has several small hotels, pubs, cafe, general store as well as the Cove Fish Shop selling fresh fish. East Lulworth village originally grew up around the church but the houses were later demolished to make way for Lulworth Castle’s park and the village was rebuilt outside the park grounds!
There is also the Lulworth British Army Ranges that include the coast west of Kimmeridge Bay to east Lulworth Cove, and the village of Tyneham and Worbarrow Bay.
You can find more information on the Lulworth Estate on their website…
Attractions in Lulworth…
Also home to Camp Bestival which attracts 10,000 people every year. There is an admission charges for entry to the Castle and grounds.
Part of the UNESCO world heritage site - the Jurassic Coast. Lulworth Cove has a unique geology and is one of the best places in the world to study geology and its stunning scenery is admired by many thousands of people every year.
Parking is available at a large car park. The Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre nearby has displays telling the story of Lulworth’s geology. The cove is a couple of minutes walk through the Lulworth village towards the coast.
Access: You can walk to Durdle Door taking a footpath from the Lulworth Cove car park near the Visitor Centre or for an easier walk you can park at Durdle Door Holiday Park (postcode BH20 5PU) on and walk down to the cliff tops.
Sadly it is currently inaccessible due to a landslip.
The ranges have restricted access but are open to the public most weekends and public holidays when no firing takes place! Follow the link below for updated firing times.
After the war it became a ghost village, as residents, despite government promises, were never allowed back again, and the land continued to be used as a military training ground. It's a fascinating place to visit.
Eating out in Lulworth…
Getting to Lulworth…
Lulworth cove is a short 20 minutes drive from Wareham. There is a large visitor’s car park next to the Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre (postcode BH20 5RQ). Lulworth Castle is 13 minutes drive from Wareham, there is a visitors car park within the grounds.
The X54 bus runs a service from Wareham to Lulworth which take around 30 minutes (approx 3 buses per day). The bus stops at Lulworth Cove and also the West Lulworth Durdle Door Park Entrance.