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Durdle Door

Durdle Door is a limestone arch which has formed naturally around 10,000 years ago. It is now one of the most well known and photographed landmarks in the UK. The impressive geological formation draws thousands of visitors each year. It is on a lot of people’s must see lists for the area.

Most people arrive via the steep 15 minute walk down from the car park above. Alternatively you can walk along the short scenic (but hilly) coast path from Lulworth Cove to reach Durdle Door. The area does get very busy during the summer months. If you want to avoid the crowds then visit between September and May when it is quieter.

Steps take you down from the cliff top to the beach itself which is made mainly of small pebbles. You can also head over to the neighbouring Man O’War beach from here too. Whichever beach you choose, you will be guaranteed excellent water quality if you fancy a swim out to the Door. However, if do head into the water, be aware that Durdle Door beach shelves sharply into the water.

Dog are welcome all year round here so they can enjoy a day out here too. While Durdle Door is a must-visit for many, there are other beautiful and much quieter locations nearby that we recommend, including Kimmeridge Bay, White Nothe and Chapman’s Pool.

Where to find Durdle Door

Durdle Door
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29.3 miles from Highlands End and Eype Beach

31.6 miles from Golden Cap

27.3 miles from Graston Copse

7.0 miles from Sandyholme

Dog friendly

Dog friendly

* Place data from Google, including opening times is correct at time of publication. We always recommend checking with the destination attraction.

Durdle Door features in 1 of our itineraries...

A Short Hike Between Two Landmarks

Places to visit include Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, among others

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