The Lulworth Estate is one of the best-known tourist destinations in Dorset. It incorporates both the villages of East and West Lulworth and the famously picturesque Lulworth Cove.
East Lulworth is pretty little village with quaint thatched cottages and houses built of stone quarried from the the Isle of Purbeck. Its recently refurbished castle dates back to 1588. Lulworth Castle was Initially built as a royal hunting lodge but later became the family seat of the Weld family (who still own the estate to this day). Destroyed by fire in 1929, the castle has now been fully restored with the support English Heritage and is open to the public. The other most notable building in the estate is St Mary's Chapel, the first Roman Catholic church built after the English Reformation. Lulworth Castle & Estate visitor details.
West Lulworth Village (credit: Dimitris Vetsikas)
West Lulworth is beautifully situated near the Dorset coastline. From here it is just a short walk to the famous Lulworth Cove, a horseshoe-shaped inlet where cliffs rise sharply on either side. A fossilised forest is visible in the bay at low tide.
Durdle Door © Travel About Britain
Visitors can enjoy spectacular views from the cliff tops. Lovely walks can be found in either direction from the cove, which forms part of the Dorset Coast Path.
The coastline in this area has some very beautiful and interesting geology. Wave erosion has also created some spectacular rock formations, like Stair Hole next to Lulworth Cove and the mighty limestone arch of Durdle Door - one of the most photographed coastal sites in the south.