durdle door on the jurassic coast

Exploring 185 million years of history

Enjoying a self catering holiday in Dorset gives you the opportunity to explore one of the world’s renowned coastlines –  right here in Dorset!

Plus with dog friendly accommodation widely available in Dorset you’re free to enjoy the experience with your dogs too.

Covering 95 miles and 185 million year in the making is the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Jurassic Coast along the coast of Dorset.

“The dramatic Jurassic Coast is walking through history!”

The Jurassic Coast has everything along this geological historic coastline to explore. Come and experience this geological history in close up through various periods of the area’s Jurassic history over the last 185 million years.

“Discover the Jurassic Coast – 185 million years in the making!”

Chesil Beach

Exploring Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Visitors come from all over the world to see and explore this famous and dramatic coastline and to see the beautiful fossils that have been found and, of course, to go searching themselves to find their very own fossils.

On a Dorset holiday visit to the Jurassic Coast explore the outstanding headlands, hidden coves and caves, the rugged cliffs and dramatic rock formations. See commanding sea views, glorious rolling countryside and the delightful historic Dorset harbours.

The Jurassic Coast is one of the world’s best locations for fossil hunting, enjoyed by the or whole family – for a more memorable experience why not join an organised fossil hunt with experienced fossil hunters.



⇒ Jurassic Coast Heritage Site

  • The Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 95 miles of coastline and 185 million years in the making
  • Sandy beaches and rugged beaches | Coastal paths
  • Dramatic rock & cliff formations | Renowned for fossils
  • Outstanding headlands | Hidden caves and coves
  • Beach, headland and clifftop walks |Countryside walks
  • Monuments | Castles | Historic harbours | museums
  • Exhibitions & Events | Jurasic Coast boat trips available

west bay beach and jurassic coast

The Jurassic Coast’s 185 million years

It’s dramatic coastline – walk through its 185 million year history. There’s naturally formed and beautiful sheltered coves and bays such as Lulworth Cove as well as a Visitor Centre.

Explore dramatic and rugged cliff-face backdrops, amazing and varied rock formations including Durdle Door, one of few of the world’s surviving rock arches.

Wander along stunning headlands and stroll down to the rare and unusual Chesil Beach, a natural sandbank, on the coastline covering 18 miles.

Nearby on the Lulworth estate is Lulworth Castle. Enjoy browsing the various fossil museums and the glorious beach and harbour views along this 95 mile coastline – the Jurassic Coast is an amazing place!

It’s an amazing coastline… it’s a Jurassic coastline!

lulworth cove

The UNESCO Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site – 185 million year old coastline!