General information

A shingle and gravel beach, Durdle Door beach is partially sheltered by an offshore reef that means that this section of coast is particularly tranquil and perfect for family beach holidays. Its waters are Marine Conservation Society Recommended, and are a major draw for nature lovers of all kinds.The beach is accessed by a steep footpath with steps and is unsuitable for elderly or less mobile visitors. However, the holiday park further down the coast offers disabled access and toilets. Durdle Door is a dog-friendly beach, its limited access means it’s also a fantastic beach holiday destination for visitors looking to avoid the crowds and relax in peaceful surroundings. There is a shop and cafe attached to the caravan park located a little way off Durdle Door beach.

Major attractions

Durdle Door beach is a great choice for holidaymakers looking to enjoy the beauty of the English countryside. Durdle Door Arch is a spectacular rock formation that draws many visitors - with beach cottages and apartments offering easy access to this unique tourist attraction. Weekend breaks at Durdle Door beach also offer visitors a chance to explore the Dorset Coastal Path and the many circular walks associated with it. In fact, Durdle Door beach is amongst the best beaches in England for hiking and offers a wide variety of routes for visitors to walk.Further down the coast in the aptly named Freshwater, children can also enjoy the Jurassic Fun Centre. A family beach holiday in Durdle Door wouldn't be complete without a delicious picnic on the shingle whilst looking out across the sheltered bay.


An inexpensive and simple pleasure is to take advantage of the Marine Conservation Society Recommended waters of Durdle Door beach with a refreshing swim or snorkel; although parents with small children are advised to be vigilant since no lifeguards are provided. However, holidaymakers looking to explore the depths of this sheltered bay can enjoy scuba diving, as Durdle Door is one of the best beaches in Britain for a variety of aquatic life. Take the time to explore the surrounding villages and the many English country cottages that make this region particularly scenic. A family beach holiday on Durdle Door beach wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Man 'O' War beach just a short walk away.

When to visit

Like most beach holidays in the UK, the best time to visit Durdle Door beach, Dorset, is during the summer when the weather is warmest. However, water sports in the area are available year round. The flora and fauna of the region is beautiful in any season, making Durdle Door beach a great beach holiday destination whatever time of year you choose to visit.

How to reach

Durdle Door beach is located just west of West Lulworth and can be reached by following the B3070 and the A352. The nearest train station is Wool and buses are available to the beach itself. Once in Durdle Door beach, any number of cottages for you and your family are just a short walk from the coast. A small car park is also available on the cliff top.

Durdle Door Dorset Beach Holidays