Lulworth Cove Dorset

Durdle Door and Man o’ War Cove

Visit Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset for a Great Day Out!

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Durdle Door on the Dorset Jurassic Coast is a great place to bring your family for a day out. 

It’s a stunning place of natural beauty, and since 2001, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. It is privately owned and is part of the Lulworth Estate.

There are two beaches at Durdle Door. The Man-of-War beach and the Durdle Door beach itself.

The Arch at Durdle Door, Dorset

Durdle Door

Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch sticking out in the sea. About 10.000 years ago, a hole was formed which resulted in the arch we can see today.

The water is clear and a beautiful blue. The beach is a combination of rock and shells. The water becomes deep quickly, which does not make it a great place for swimming for children.





Man O’ War CoveMan o War beach Durdle Door Dorset

The War o’ Man beach is very different. .

The water is shallow for some time and the cove is protected by the rock formation in the sea, this it makes it a lovely beach for bathing.

The beach edges under the cliff in a semi circle. 

The rocks in the sea have given this beach its name. Not after the Man-of-War jellyfish, mind you.

The shape of the rocks in the cove are said to resemble warships of the 16th to 19th century, which were powerful sailing ships armed with cannons.


Steep Path

The path from the car park is rocky and very steep.

Sensible footwear is needed and a reasonable fitness level will help.

Caution is needed with young children as there is a cliff edge above Man o’ War beach which has NO safety barrier.

Taking a pushchair is not advisable due to the steepness of the path and the steps down to the beach.

Don’t be put off by the path though, as it is well worth the climb back up.


Look out for butterflies and caterpillars down the path. We found some really big and hairy caterpillars when we were there! Make sure you bring some water for everyone on warmer days.

Car Parking

There is a pay and display car park at Durdle Door Holiday Park.

From there it is a steep 15 minutes walk to both Durdle Door and Man o’ War Cove and about half an hour to Lulworth Cove.

Car parking tickets bought in Durdle Door can be used in Lulworth Cove and vise versa. There is some free on street parking in West Lulworth in Church Road, in the direction of Durdle Door.

Car Park Pricing.
0-2 hours – £3 (£4 in Summer)
2-4 – £5.

In Winter the car park will close at Dusk.

Tourist Information Centre

There are many great walks in the area, including the famous South West Coast Path. The nearest Tourist Information Centre is at Lulworth Cove. Here you can find great information about rock formations and fossils as well as general information about the area.

Refreshments and Toilets

There is a cafe cabin at Durdle Door which sells mainly tea, coffee and small snacks. The main facilities are at Lulworth Cove, next to the car park. Here you will find toilets, the visitor centre and a gift shop. There is a cafe in the village on the way to the cove.





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Lulworth Cove Dorset
Lulworth Cove Dorset