Things to See and Do in Lulworth

The area known as Lulworth is made up of two villages – East Lulworth and West Lulworth.

Some of Dorset’s most visited landmarks are found in Lulworth and it is also part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Lulworth Cove

You will find Lulworth Cove in West Lulworth village. With its perfectly rounded bay and picturesque scenery, it is one of Dorset's most well-known and loved landmarks. Wander around the nearby gift shops and sample the best of Dorset seafood at the local pubs and cafes, many of which have sea views.

If you're looking for a quick bite to eat, why not get some traditional fish and chips from the village and enjoy them on the beach, followed by a locally made ice-cream?

A short walk from the Cove along the South West Coast Path brings you to Man O' War beach and Durdle Door with its magnificent stone arch and beach.

You can also follow the South West Coast Path from the Cove in the direction of Kimmeridge and the deserted village of Tyneham Village via the Lulworth Ranges.

Find out more about the story of the Cove, Stairhole, Lulworth Crumple and Durdle Door at Lulworth Heritage Centre where there are fascinating displays, animations and films about the Jurassic Coast.

West Lulworth village

Being the closest village to Lulworth Cove, it is hugely popular with visitors due to the unspoilt beaches, fantastic walking opportunities, geological interests and of course getting holiday photos of the most iconic landmarks in Dorset.

From Lulworth Cove there is a whole range of activities which can be enjoyed including; kayaking, coasteering, mountain biking and guided walks. Nearby you can also enjoy horse riding in the surrounding heaths and woodlands.

There are many attractive features in West Lulworth village including the pretty mill pond (the remains of an old watermill) and the tiny Dolls House building (now a cafe and shop) - imagine how this once housed 11 people!

Lulworth Castle and Park

Lulworth Castle and Park, with its beautiful grounds and chapel is a must-see during your stay. It is located in East Lulworth village and has been a garrison for Roundhead soldiers as well as a residence-in-exile for the French royal family. The Castle was devastated by a fire in 1929 and has been restored in part to allow visitors the chance to enter the Castle.

Explore the Castle grounds, extensive parkland and woodland walks. There is also a children’s playground, tea room and places to enjoy a picnic. The Castle is a popular wedding venue and is sometimes closed to the public for this reason, but the grounds will still be open for all to enjoy.

The village of East Lulworth has some of the prettiest cottages in Dorset. You will also find a lovely gift and coffee shop housed in the old school, as well as a traditional village pub.

Forget the car - why not cycle to the village from Wareham on the East Lulworth Ride and enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air en-route?

Plan your visit

A great way to visit Lulworth is by public transport or with a guided trip or tour.

A large car park at West Lulworth which services the Cove and Village is managed by the Lulworth Estate and the proceeds are used to help maintain the area for the enjoyment of everyone.

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