Visit Durdle Door

One of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks


Eroded by time and nature, Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks.

It is located on the Lulworth Estate in south Dorset and is part of the Jurassic Coast. The coastline is of such international geological importance that it was designated England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 and is now part of a family of natural wonders including America’s Grand Canyon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The magnificent natural limestone arch was formed when the power of the waves eroded the rock and forged a hole through the middle. The name Durdle is derived from an old English word ‘thirl’, which means to pierce, bore or drill.

The South West Coast Path national trail runs along the cliff top linking Studland in Dorset to Minehead in Somerset, which is 630 miles in total. There are various walking route suggestions for one day or longer on the Trail website: www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/

A number of music videos have been filmed at Durdle Door, including parts of Tears for Fears "Shout", Billy Ocean's "Loverboy", and Cliff Richard's "Saviour's Day".

The area around Durdle Door has also featured in several films, including Wilde, Nanny McPhee, the 1967 adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd and the Bollywood film Housefull 3.

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