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Discover the Jurassic Coast

One of the UK’s best coastlines is right here in Dorset, and along West Dorset, known as the Jurassic Coast and it’s a great place to explore when you’re visiting on your holiday or short break visit. In fact, the Jurassic Coast is renowned for its fossils, and visitors come from all over the world to explore this famous and dramatic coastline!

Along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast come and explore its delightful villages and the ancient historic market towns. The picturesque and rolling countryside is very scenic, and along the Jurassic coastline itself you’ll be amazed at the stunning headlands, coves, rock, cliff formations and the popular harbours.

It’s a fantastic area to come and hunt for fossils, or to go on an organise fossil hunt. Browse and enjoy the fossil museums and wander along the excellent beaches along this 95 mile coastline – the Jurassic Coast is an amazing place!

durdle door and the jurassic coast

Durdle Door and its beach on the Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast offers all this…

  • The Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 95 miles of stunning Dorset coastline
  • 185 million years in the making
  • Sandy beaches, rugged beaches and hidden caves
  • Dramatic and amazing rock and cliff formations
  • Stunning headlands and beautiful coves
  • Enjoy outstanding beach and clifftop walks
  • Discover its harbours, ancient monuments, castles and forts
  • The Jurassic Coast – great for fossil hunting
  • Explore fossil museums, exhibitions and events
  • Boat trips along the Jurassic Coast available
  • The Jurassic Coast from Studland Bay to past Lyme Regis
  • Enjoy a drive along the exceptionally scenic B3157 coastal road

lulworth cove

Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast

Exploring the Jurassic Coast

Where to begin about this stunning, rugged, beautiful and pre-historic UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Jurassic Coast in the south west of England – 185 million years in the making!

The Jurassic Coast has everything along this geological historic coastline. Take your time and search out the amazing rock formations, walk along the dramatic cliffs or wander around the picturesque bays and stroll around the delightful harbours and see what type of grand boats are moored. Visit the popular fossil sites to see what can be found. Wander on the outstanding coastal and clifftop with stunning and commanding views – that’s the Jurassic Coastjust and is just waiting to be explored!

jurassic coast at west bay

The Jurassic Coast at West Bay

It’s just amazing to come see and experience this geological history in close up through various periods of the area’s Jurassic history over the last 185 million years. And it’s right here and in front of your eyes – come and explore the Jurassic Coast along with its picturesqe villages and towns! 

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage site – a must visit coastline when you’re in Dorset or in the area!

golden cap on the jurassic coast

View of Golden Cap on the Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast’s 185 million years

It’s so dramatic too. Come and see and walk through its 185 million year history in real life for yourself. There’s naturally formed and beautiful sheltered coves and bays such as Lulworth Cove. Explore the dramatic and rugged cliffface backdrops, amazing and varied rock formations including the sea arch at Durdle Door, one of few of the world’s surviving arches.  Wander along stunning headlands and stroll down to the rare and unusual Chesil Beach, a natural sandbank, on the coastline covering 18 miles.

chesil beach view

Chesil Beach on the Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast, with all these amazing and dramatic cliff, headland and rock formations along the Dorset coastline is just waiting to be explored!

It’s a great life experience to come and view the Jurassic Coast with the outstanding and beautiful leisurely walks along the beaches, headlands and rugged coastal cliff paths on the South West Coast Path.

portland lighthouse

The iconic lighthouse at Portland

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

Just think about it for a moment! It’s literally millions and millions of years of prehistoric history right here in front of you and can experience walking through 185 million years of history. It’s in Dorset and along the West Dorset coast in this beautiful area of south west England.

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

burton bradstock jurassic coast

The Jurassic Coast at Burton Bradstock

Great for fossil hunting

Of course, it’s also a renowned for being a great area for fossil hunting and visitors come from all over the world to explore the area. Visit and explore the Jurassic Coast on your visit and see what fossils you can find, but please respect the area and your safety at all times. There are organised fossil hunts which is a great way to learn and what to look for when hunting for fossils at the same and various fossil museums to enjoy.

fossil hunting at charmouth

Fossil hunting on Charmouth beach

There are various places to find out more about the Jurassic coast and its fossils, such as Lyme Regis, Charmouth and in Dorchester and there are various museums and exhibitions about our historic coast. A great way to find out more about these are at the West Dorset Tourist Information Centres.

charmouth heritage coast centre

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Also at Charmouth, and well worth visiting, is the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, which has fossil collections and more information about fossil hunting. It’s also possible to attend guided walks making your learning experience and fossil hunting even better.

Discover the Jurassic Coast –  it’s an amazing place to explore on your West Dorset holiday or visit!

durdle door on the jurassic coast

The stunning Jurassic Coast’s Durdle Door

 Explore the amazing Jurassic Coast… 185 million years in the making!