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Top 21 Sights Along Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast stretches 96 miles from East Devon to Dorset along the sea in Southern England. The coastline is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its density in fossils, some of which date back 185 million years! Jurassic Coast is also named as one of the natural wonders of the world. The entire coastline offers phenomenal views of dramatic landscape and rock formations such as arches and coves.

Golden Cap

Highlights in Jurassic Coast

Durdle Door

Durdle Door is a famous natural limestone arch along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. It receives around half a million visitors each year. Access is free, although the car park charges a fee (£4 for 2 hours, £5 for 2 – 4 hours, £7.50 for 4-6 hours and £9 for 6+ hours). On the bright side, the ticket can be used at Lulworth Cove and Lulworth Castle too.

From Durdle Door car park, it’s a 15 minute walk downhill to the arch and Man O’War beach. Visitors can also reach Durdle Door from Lulworth Cove by foot in about 30 minutes.

Durdle Door

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is a beautiful horseshoe-shaped rock formation with a white pebble beach and cloudy bright blue water. The cove formed 10,000 years ago by the force of the sea and erosion continues to change its shape.

Again, it receives well over 500,000 visitors each year from all over the world. This part of the coast makes for a great place to kayak or take a motorboat to Durdle Door during summer.

Lulworth Cove

The Fossil Forest

A short but steep walk from Lulworth Cove leads to the Fossil Forest. 145 million years ago, a forest grew along the coast. It flooded and left behind a collection of fossilised algal burrs still visible today.

Lulworth Castle

The 17th century Lulworth castle and park are just a 10 minute drive from Lulworth cove. Entry to the park is free but there is a £6 charge for the castle.

Golden Cap

Potentially my top favourite sight is Golden Cap. It’s the highest point along the Southern England coast at 191m. On a good day, it offers spectacular views of Seatown and the glistening horizon towards the North of France. It’s extremely peaceful and far less touristy than Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Different trails lead up to Golden Cap such as Charmouth, Morcombelake, Chideock, Seatown, Eype and Lyme Regis. There are two nearby car parks, either Langdon Hill or Stonebarrow Hill.

Tip: If you type Golden Cap into Google Maps, it will take you to Langdon Hill car park.

Golden Cap

Seatown

Seatown is not actually a town at all, but rather a tiny hamlet along the Southern Coast beside Golden Cap. Years ago, it was the smuggling point for goods such as alcohol which came from France. Today, it provides a long secluded beach and more hidden fossils!

Seatown

Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon

The famous Chesil beach is a 29km stretch of smooth pebbles. From a satellite view, the fleet appears as a long spit which juts out from the coastline yet remains connected to the land.

Tip: Don’t go barefoot or wear flip-flops on the shingle beach. They sink into the ground and stones get stuck underneath your feet. I’m saving you unnecessary pain!

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a beautiful town with fossil shops and museums as well as guided tours to help visitors find fossils. There are spots along Lyme Regis such as Monmouth Beach, Pinhay Bay and Lyme Regis Fossil Beach which are great for fossil hunting. In fact, most people find their fossils here during their trip.

Charmouth Beach

Charmouth beach was nominated as one of the UK’s five best beaches in 2017.  Beach huts, picnic areas, cafes, rockpools and bathing-friendly water. Charmouth is another famous spot for fossils. Guided fossil hunting walks are available at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.

Abbotsbury Swannery

Walk through nature to witness the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans. May is the hatching season, after which is possible to see baby swans. An entry ticket costs £12.50 for adults and £9.50 for kids.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Take a woodland walk through the subtropical gardens which have many exotic and rare plants. Again, entry costs £12.50 for adults and £9.50 for children. The car park closes at 5pm. For location reference, the gardens are close to the entrance of Chesil beach.

Old Harry Rocks

East of Studland, three chalk formations stand at the Eastern starting point of Jurassic Coast, to form Old Harry Rocks. The area offers a scenic walk for incredible views.

Weymouth

Weymouth is smack bang in the middle of the Jurassic Coast. Flocks of tourists come here each year to enjoy a long sandy beach for surfing and sunbathing and a harbour perfect for sailing. The town centre is one of the most vibrant along the coast, with an abundance of English pubs and restaurants. Visit Nothe Gardens and Nothe Fort to learn about the history of the area.

Isle of Portland

Wild during winter and like the Mediterranean during summer. Dotted in stone cottages, quarries and lighthouses. This limestone island is five miles south of Weymouth, well known for having the best building material in the world – yes the entire world – the Portland stone. Top attractions include the Portland Bill Lighthouse, Pulpit Rock, Church Ope Cove, Portland Castle and Rufus Castle.

East Devon Way

Get lost within the 100 square miles of untouched English countryside known as East Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty.  In this protected area, there is an inland walking path called the East Devon Way which stretches from Exmouth to Charmouth. Either challenge yourself to walk the whole route or take it easy on one of the circular paths along the East Devon Way.

Burton Bradstock, West Bay and Bridport

These three places were my favourite to visit for a local evening meal or a simple drive through.

Burton Bradstock is a small village at the West end of Chesil beach. It looks like a rolling tapestry of Old style English cottages and lanes, where the 21st century hasn’t quite managed to corrupt yet. Quiet and petite and incredibly innocent to modernity. There are only a couple of restaurants which are usually fully booked at weekends. Reserve in advance if possible.

West Bay is a harbour town with rolling hills and steep cliffs on either side. The coastline is rugged with powerful waves and a dramatic stoney beach. It’s perfect for eating out as not all of the restaurants are fully booked. Also, most are vegetarian friendly and are happy to adjust to dietary requirements!

Bridport is a lively market town, inland from West Bay. It has fantastic restaurants for foodies, but also art festivals and theatre productions for the creative souls.

Ladram Bay

Ladram Bay is a beautiful cove-like pebbly beach. The surrounding red sandstone cliffs give it a magical secluded feel.

Ringstead Bay

Chill out at the tranquil shingle beach at Ringstead Bay. Swim in the clean water or walk along the coastal path for refreshing views of Weymouth and the Isle of Portland as well as unspoiled countryside. Feeling adventurous? Walk 20 minutes east of the main beach to find a nudist beach.

Tip: There is a National Trust car park at the top of the road, or a private toll road goes down to the bay which costs around £5.

Beer Quarry Caves

The word beer probably entices a lot of old men who are disappointed when they find out it’s referring to beer stone. Beer Quarry Caves are underground tunnels made out of limestone, where beer stone was extracted until 1920. Guided tours are available for a dive into history. Entry costs £8 for adults and £6 for children.

Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliff National Nature Reserve

The south west coastal path gives access to witness the undercliff. The trek is over harsh terrain, so it’s not an easy walk, but still well worth the sweat. Guided walks are available for £7.

Durlston Country Park

Visiting the nature reserve makes for a great day with a Victorian castle, various wildlife and clifftops. The coastal country park looks out onto Durlston Bay and Isle of Wight. Some visitors have even spotted pods of dolphins. The car park cost £5 for the day, or £4 for 4 hours, £2.50 for 2 hours and £2 for 1 hour.

The Jurassic Coast proves that England can match the beauty of other natural wonders of the world. The 96 mile stretch of fossilised coast doesn’t just have an abundance of well-preserved history, but also ancient woodlands, bustling wildlife, old stone villages, windy lanes, dramatic hills and cliffs, spectacular sunsets and breathtaking views until the sky meets the glistening ocean.

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Top 21 Sights Along Jurassic Coast

Top 21 Sights Along Jurassic Coast

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28 Comments

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    Amanda Dyer
    June 20, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve seen Durdle Door in so many pictures but never knew where exactly it was located (or called for that matter). I would love to see it one day.

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      journeywithchloe
      June 21, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Amanda, I was the exact same in that I had no idea where Durdle Door was before I actually went there! Haha. You should add it to your bucket list 🙂

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    Kimberly
    June 20, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    England and Ireland are my favorite places to travel. I am adding several of these to my bucket list! Thank you for the great descriptions.

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      journeywithchloe
      June 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      I’m glad to hear you’ll visit some of these places! Thanks for reading 🙂

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    Jos
    June 21, 2017 at 8:12 am

    What a beautiful place! I’d love to visit each one someday!!

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    Melissa
    June 21, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    What an amazing place to visit! And the views look spectacular. Loved your article, you gave such great descriptions of each spot, and made me feel like I was exploring the coast along with you! And btw, drinking coffee while coming across your jumping pic made for an interesting moment, lol. Thanks so much.

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      journeywithchloe
      June 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Melissa, I’m so happy you enjoyed reading my post on the Jurassic Coast! I hope you get to visit someday!

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    Nadine | The Sweetness of Traveling
    June 21, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I’ve been wanting to go to the Jurassic Coast for a while now and your photos just made me want to go even more! I’ll definitely go back to your post once I get to planning my trip. Thanks!

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      journeywithchloe
      June 22, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Nadine, I’m glad you find it useful! Make sure you rent a car if you want to see all of these places

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    Sara
    June 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Such a stunning place! All of your photos look amazing but I’m sure a photo can’t do these landscapes justice. I really enjoyed your descriptive collection of places, I will be saving this for later!

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      journeywithchloe
      June 22, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Thank you Sara! You’re right, it looks even better in person. Thanks for reading and I’m so happy you find it useful!

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    Rachel
    June 21, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    So many amazing and picturesque places to visit. I cannot believe I’ve never been down to the Jurassic Coat – Maybe one day! xo

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      journeywithchloe
      June 22, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Thanks! I hope you get to visit one day, it’s so beautiful! x

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    Clazz
    June 21, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Wow, I’ve been reading more and more about the Jurassic Coast and now I really want to visit! I didn’t realise there was so much to do there, this is a great list!

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      journeywithchloe
      June 22, 2017 at 11:10 am

      I think it must be a sign for you 😉 There really is a lot to do if you have a car

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    natasha
    June 21, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    love dorset , havent been to durdle door since i was a kid , i feel a road trip coming on lol , great post. !!

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      journeywithchloe
      June 22, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Haha I want to see pictures if you make it there again!

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    JUANITA
    June 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    This is a fabulous post! I have been to England many times, but have not had an opportunity to explore these areas. You painted a vivid picture and captured this region beautifully. Thanks for sharing. See ya on the road!

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      journeywithchloe
      June 22, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Juanita!! I’m happy you enjoyed reading my guide. I hope you get to visit it someday!

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    The Maria Rita
    June 22, 2017 at 9:56 am

    What a beautiful place!! Your pictures are stunning and I will definitely keep that place in mind to visit one day… 🙂

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      journeywithchloe
      June 22, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Maria, I hope you make it to the Jurassic Coast one day!

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    Kim
    June 22, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Wow this is my first time hearing about the Jurassic Coast! It looks absolutely breathtaking, would love to visit some day.

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    Rachelle
    June 22, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Not gonna lie – I’m absolutely terrified of dinosaurs, so I started to read this with extreme caution! I’ve never heard of this place and kind of assumed it was somewhere in Hawaii where the movies were partially filmed. Your pictures are so beautiful…they almost made me forget about the dinosaurs! 🙂

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      journeywithchloe
      June 23, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      You would think it’s in Hawaii during the summer, it’s just so beautiful! But somehow it’s in England!! Thanks Rachelle, hope you weren’t too scared 😉

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    Amy - Page Traveller
    June 22, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Oh, wow, OK. I am British and I’ve never heard of the Jurassic Coast. I literally thought you meant Jurassic Park until I started reading. Feeling a little embarrassed to be honest! Guess I should explore my home country a little more! Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a lovely trip.

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      journeywithchloe
      June 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Hahaha that’s hilarious Amy. Don’t worry, I’m just as bad when it comes to knowing my own country! Thanks, it was an amazing trip. I hope you get to go to Jurassic Coast 😉 one day.

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