Jurassic Coast

Discover the rugged, dramatic and amazing Jurassic coastline, explore wonderful historic harbours, hidden coves, amazing rock and cliff formations along the many coastal and headland footpaths that offer outstanding and commanding sea and country views.

It’s literally like walking through history when you’re exploring the 185 million year old World Heritage Jurassic Coast – and it’s world renowned for its abundance of amazing fossils and to try your hand at fossil hunting.


A coastline 185 million years in the making

Covering 95 miles and 185 million year in the making is the UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Jurassic Coast along the coast of Dorset.

It’s a stunning coastline with naturally formed and beautiful sheltered coves, rugged cliff backdrops, rock formations including Durdle Door, one of few of the world’s surviving rock arches.


It’s like walking through history

The Jurassic Coast has everything along this geological historic coastline to explore. Come and experience its geological history in close up through various periods of the area’s Jurassic history over the last 185 million years.

Chesil Beach

This world famous Dorset coastline

Visitors come from all over the world to see and explore this famous and dramatic coastline and to see the beautiful fossils that have been found and, of course, to go searching themselves to find their very own fossils.

On a Dorset holiday visit to the Jurassic Coast explore the outstanding headlands, hidden coves and caves, the rugged cliffs and dramatic rock formations. See commanding sea views, glorious rolling countryside and the delightful historic Dorset harbours.

The Jurassic Coast is one of the world’s best locations for fossil hunting, enjoyed by the whole family – for a more memorable experience why not join an organised fossil hunt with experienced fossil hunters.

Hive Beach cliffs


The Jurassic Coast Heritage Site

  • The Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 95 miles of coastline and 185 million years in the making
  • Sandy beaches and rugged beaches | Coastal paths
  • Dramatic rock & cliff formations | Renowned for fossils
  • Outstanding headlands | Hidden caves and coves
  • Beach, headland and clifftop walks |Countryside walks
  • Monuments | Castles | Historic harbours | museums
  • Exhibitions & Events | Jurasic Coast boat trips available

west bay beach and jurassic coast

Wander along stunning headlands and stroll down to the rare and unusual Chesil Beach, a natural sandbank, on the coastline covering 18 miles.

Nearby on the Lulworth estate is Lulworth Castle. Enjoy browsing the various fossil museums and the glorious beach and harbour views along this 95 mile coastline – the Jurassic Coast is an amazing place!

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

lulworth cove

The UNESCO Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site – 185 million year old coastline!