Where is it? Between Poole and Weymouth.
What is it? Located on the Lulworth Estate in south Dorset, Durdle Door is an entirely natural limestone arch, formed simply by waves eroding a hole through the middle.
Why go? As one of Dorset’s most photographed landmarks, Durdle Door is worth the car journey. This spectacular coastline was designated England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. It’s even in the same prestigious family as America’s Grand Canyon, and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Better on a sunny day, get there in time to enjoy a good Dorset sunset – a half hour walk will lead you over to similarly picturesque Lulworth Cove, perfect for a picnic.
The Jurassic Coast, West Country accents and Thomas Hardy—we bring you the best things to do in Dorset. The third most southerly county in England, over half of Dorset has been designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Farmers markets, fairs and quaint local shops abound—but that’s not to say there isn’t thriving city life to be had too. Bournemouth is Dorset’s largest city, followed by Poole, with the latter home to some of the most expensive properties in the world. Whether you’re after a country escape or culture-fest, here’s our round up of the best things to do in Dorset.
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