Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is world famous for its beautiful secluded beach and clear blue water surrounded by unique geological landforms including Stair Hole. The cove is one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, a designated World Heritage Site, that attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year. The rock arch of Durdle Door is only a 10 minute drive away or an exhilarating 30 minute walk along the coastal path.

Lulworth Cove Sat Nav postcode to car park: BH20 5RQ (Google map)

Official website: https://www.lulworth.com

Panoramic view of Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove Car Park

The large car park is conveniently located just a 5 minute walk away from the beach. It can get very busy especially in August so try to arrive early or you’ll end up parking in the overflow car park in the nearby fields. Car Park charges are given below.

The car park is open 24 hours all year round. Overnight parking is permitted but no sleeping is allowed. Parking charges are applicable overnight.

It’s also useful to note that tickets purchased at Lulworth Cove are also valid at Durdle Door Standard car park, Newlands Meadow and Lulworth Castle.

Lulworth Cove Parking Charges

Up to 4 hours£5
All day (until 9pm or dusk)£10
Motorbikes£1
Motorhomes & oversized vehicles£15
Car park charges applicable 24 hrs. Charges subject to change. Information last updated/checked on 20 April 2022
The car park is a bit of an ugly scar across the countryside but it is conveniently close to the beach and able to cope with the high visitor numbers during the summer holidays.
The Visitors Centre can be found at the bottom of the car park. There are also toilets next to the Visitors Centre and a gift shop. The steep path leading up the hill from the top corner of the car park takes you to Durdle Door which takes about 30 minutes. It’s not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs although you often see someone giving it a try 🙁

Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is located next to the car park and is a great place to start your visit to the area. Entry to the centre is FREE of charge and it’s open every day from 10am – 5pm (4pm in winter). It’s closed on Christmas Day.

The Visitor Centre has plenty of interesting visual displays explaining the geology and formation of Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole and Durdle Door. You can also find local guidebooks and maps covering some of the nearby walks.

The centre is fully accessible by wheelchair. Off-road mobility scooters can also be booked for people with disabilities allowing safe access to Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole.

The Visitor Centre. To the right are the public toilets and to the left is a gift shop selling guidebooks, souvenirs and fossils.
View from the top of the path up to Stair Hole.
The Rock and Fossils gift shop next to the Visitors Centre.
Lulworth Cove Inn https://www.lulworth-coveinn.co.uk lies at the start of the road leading down to the Cove.
Pub sign – A Hall & Woodhouse pub – the beer is brewed at their brewery in Blandford Forum – tours to the brewery are possible.
Walking down the pedestrianised street between the car park and the beach
Sweet shop selling ice cream and refreshments on the road down to the beach
Road down to the beach
Cove Fish shop – A family-run fishmongers – the fish and seafood doesn’t get more local or fresher than this. The shop is run by Christine. Her husband Joe Miller has one of four fishing boats that fish from Lulworth. Joe’s son is now a 10th generation fisherman. The Miller family started fishing in 1687 with Henry Miller who set up a small fishing business in the neighbouring village of Tyneham. For more of this story visit https://fishingnews.co.uk/features/inshore-fishing-lulworth-cove/
the beach is popular with students and school trips.
Jurassic Tours offer kayaking trip from the cove around to Durdle Door
The Old Boat House
Coastguard Cottages
A view of the Lulworth Crumple at Stair Hole.

Related pages: Durdle DoorMan O War Bay / West Lulworth Village / Lulworth Castle / Kimmeridge Bay / Corfe Castle / Wareham / Worth Matravers