Durdle Door is one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It is thought to be one of the most photographed landmarks in the UK, and it's not difficult to see why! The iconic limestone was sculpted naturally by the strength of the sea over many centuries and is a striking sight in all weathers. It is flanked by a stunning beach, which is extremely popular with tourists throughout the year.
Not only is Durdle Door a scenic viewpoint worthy of capturing but it is a great place to relax by the sea and bask in the sunlight. Bring your loved ones and indulge in a delightful picnic together or pack a book from your “to read” list to enjoy whilst taking a well-earned break.
The sea at Durdle Door is known for its clear and high-quality waters, making it a great spot to enjoy a dip or splash around in the water with your children. Kayaking and paddle boarding are other popular ways to explore the seas and get closer to the iconic arch. It is important to point out that Durdle Door has no lifeguards and the water gets very deep, quickly. Stay safe and contact the coastguard on 999 in case of emergency.
The beach can get crowded during busy periods such as school holidays, so arrive early if you want to soak up the scenery at a slower pace.
We also highly recommend viewing Man O’War beach, situated on the east side of Durdle Door. This is delightful cove tends to be quieter than its neighbour, providing a more tranquil space to relax and listen to the soft splashes of the waves.
Durdle Door boat trips
If you don't fancy tackling the stairs, you can visit Durdle Door by boat. There's a high speed rib ride available from Lulworth Cove, which offers you a glimpse of this magnificent landmark from the sea as part of a 20 minute trip. Families looking for a more leisurely cruise can board a sightseeing boat trip from Weymouth. These longer trips give you plenty of time to marvel at wonders along the Jurassic Coast!