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The Jurassic Coast

A guide to the best places to visit

The 95 mile stretch ‘Jurassic coast’ from Dorset to Devon is famed for its unique geology from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods (250 to 65 million years ago!). In 2001, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, standing alongside areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon!

Walking through time on the Jurassic Coast!

The Purbeck coastline is part of a 95 mile stretch known as the ‘Jurassic Coast’ England’s first natural World Heritage site. This truly outstanding coastline offers a unique insight into 185 million years of the Earth’s history where fossils of strange and terrifying creatures have simply tumbled out of the cliffs.

There is plenty to see from the iconic Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door to fossil hunting at Kimmeridge Bay or visiting some amazing fossil collections at the Etches Museum.

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The Etches Collection Musuem of Jurassic Marine Life

The Etches Collection

A unique, modern museum of amazing fossils – the marine life of Jurassic Dorset. Lean …

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Purbeck Safari near Wareham

Purbeck Safari

Purbeck Safari is a family run business whose aim is to enable you to access …

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Durdle Door Lulworth Jurassic Coast

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

Lulworth is world famous for its unique geology and landforms. A  UNESCO World Heritage Site …

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The Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Kimmeridge, Jurassic Coast

Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre

Discover Kimmeridge Beautiful Kimmeridge Bay lies just 7 miles (by road) from Wareham. It sits …

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There are numerous natural beaches to explore such as the National Trust’s three miles of golden sandy beaches at Studland Beach and Shell Bay, the beautiful natural beaches of Lulworth and Kimmerige or the traditional seaside beach of Swanage bay. 

Kimmeridge Bay

Around half a mile south west of Kimmeridge village, via a toll road. Stony beach - with some good accessible rockpools.
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Part of the Jurassic Coast with stunning geology and pretty natural coves and beaches.
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Swanage Beach

Traditional seaside resort with Blue Flag status, a sandy beach ideal for families with good facilities and amusements.
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Studland Bay

With four miles of beautiful beaches - ideal for families. Owned by the National Trust.
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Read more about the Jurassic Coast ...

Lots more information about the Jurassic Coast can be found on the Jurassic Coast Trust Website, a great resource for those interested in learning more about this stunning area.

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