History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Lulworth Cove is a horseshoe-shaped harbour within the grounds of the Lulworth Estate, home of the Weld family since 1641 (see Lulworth Castle). The region is a geologist's dream, featuring some of the finest geomorphology and folding strata in Europe. The area supports a remarkable array of diverse natural life, particularly butterflies. Lulworth even has its own butterfly species, the Lulworth Skipper, discovered near Durdle Door in 1832.
At the western point of Lulworth Cove is Stair Hole, a series of arches formed by the action of the sea on the soft Portland and Purbeck limestone.
The importance of Lulworth as a natural habitat and area of geologic importance has been recognized by its designation as an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Heritage Coast. This diversity is explored in the Heritage Centre, which offers educational material as well as providing excellent views of the Cove.
Visitors can enjoy excellent walks along the cliff tops, and at low tide the beach and tidal pools can be explored. During the summer months, guided boat trips between Lulworth and Gad Cliff allow visitors to examine the remarkable scenery and features of geological interest. Just to the west of Lulworth Cove is the natural arch of Durdle Door.
Address: Lulworth Cove, East Lulworth, Dorset, England, BH20 5QS
Attraction Type: Museum
OS: SY852 821
Photo Credit: N Chadwick, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
East Lulworth, St Andrew's Church - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Lulworth Castle - 0.2 miles (Historic House)
Tank Museum - 4.2 miles (Museum)
Moreton, St Nicholas Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Clouds Hill - 5.8 miles (Historic Building)
Mill House Cider Museum - 5.8 miles (Museum)
Clock Collection - 5.8 miles (Museum)
Corfe Castle - 6.7 miles (Castle)
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