Looking down across West Lulworth and Lulworth Cove
Lulworth is made up of two villages - West and East Lulworth and a stunning stretch of Dorset coastline. Its most notable feature is the famous natural rock formation of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. West Lulworth attracts the lion’s share of visitors because it is both closest to the sea and Lulworth Cove. Also in the immediate region is the beautiful Lulworth Estate covering 20 square miles, including a five-mile stretch of the coastline and the impressive Lulworth Castle and Park.
West Lulworth is a quaint street lined with cafes, bucket & spade shops and hire shops. There is also ample parking at a large pay and display car park. Ascend the hill at the western end of the car park and follow the South West Coast Path to Durdle Door, Stair Hole and Man O’ War Beach. It’s a bracing walk along high cliffs with panoramic views of the English Channel. There is often a refreshments kiosk along the South West Coast Path for ice cream, light snacks and refreshments.
“West Lulworth is a quaint street lined with cafes, bucket & spade shops and hire shops.”
Lulworth Cove is a beautiful natural harbour with high cliff sides. It is located at the end of a main street in West Lulworth. The beach is made up of shale and pebbles and is a popular spot for swimmers. At Lulworth Cove you can find fossils galore, this isn’t called the Jurassic Coast for nothing. From April to October, there is a boat service, the Karelisa, which offers you the chance to view Durdle Door and the spectacular coastline from the sea.
There is also an interesting Visitor Centre. It is the best place to start any visit to the Lulworth area. Whether you’re looking for tide times, updates on path access, or a geological map head here first. Visit the displays that illustrate the story of Lulworth from 150 million years ago, and the first rock formations to the village you see today. Animations show how the coast formed and two short films explain this World Heritage Site and how it looks during the extreme winter. Entry to the Visitor Centre is free and opens from 10am daily.
East Lulworth is inland from West Lulworth. The small village consists of old thatched cottages and a village pub, the Weld Arms. Nowadays, East Lulworth centres around the barracks of the Royal Armoured Corps Gunnery School who use some of the area as a shooting range. Lulworth Castle
Lulworth Castle and Park is near East Lulworth and was built in the early 17th century as a hunting lodge. It later became a country house at the heart of a large estate. The third Lord Bindon, used it to entertain hunting parties for the King and Court. It was purchased by Humphrey Weld, the direct ancestor of the present owners. A fire consumed the castle in 1929 and it remained semi-derelict until the 1990s when it was restored and opened to the public. Today, there are woodland walks and a children’s playground with enchanting grounds to walk your dog and enjoy a picnic.