by Swanage

The area of Lulworth in Dorset comprises two picture-postcard villages, a 17th Century castle set in acres of grounds, and several of Britain’s most-loved natural landforms, including the stunning horseshoe-shaped Lulworth Cove and the iconic limestone arch of Durdle Door.

Spanning some 12,000 acres on the Isle of Purbeck, the Lulworth Estate is home to various important geological features of the Jurassic Coast, as well as some special hidden gems, an array of footpaths, and a wealth of wildlife.

There are also several walking trails to explore along the Lulworth Ranges, leased by the Ministry of Defence for training purposes, which encompass part of the South West Coast Path as well as the historic abandoned village of Tyneham.

Find out more about this special part of Dorset:

  • Lulworth Cove – The horseshoe-shaped, enclosed cove is perfect for a picnic
  • West Lulworth – A busy, traditional fishing village with plenty of walking, eating and drinking options
  • East Lulworth – This small, quaint village has a friendly pub and café & gift shop
  • Lulworth Range Walks – Explore Purbeck via the Army Ranges
  • Lulworth Castle – Take a look inside the 17th Century Lulworth Castle
  • Durdle Door – A short walk from Lulworth Cove takes you to the famous Durdle Door
Lulworth Cove with boats and person
Lulworth Cove
Thatched cottages with window boxes on street in West Lulworth
Window boxes in the streets of West Lulworth
Signage in front of thatched cottage in East Lulworth village
Street in East Lulworth
Lulworth Ranges sign on gate warning people to keep to the path at Tyneham
Lulworth Range walks sign
Gravel driveway leading up to Lulworth Castle
Lulworth Castle
Durdle Door arch and its shingle beach
Durdle Door

Parking information

Note that car park tickets are valid for, and interchangeable at, the following locations:

  • Lulworth Cove – BH20 5RQ. This car park has a large capacity and overflow for busier periods, however it is extremely popular, particularly in the summer months, so arriving early is advised
  • Lulworth Castle – BH20 5QS. Park to explore the castle, its parkland or both
  • Durdle Door – BH20 5PU. This takes you to Durdle Door Holiday Park, which is the closest place to park for Durdle door

Money from parking ticket sales goes toward conservation projects, maintaining facilities, and providing educational events.

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