Take In The view. Breathe Out The Stress At The World's Most Famous Rock Arch.
Durdle Door is probably the most famous stone arch anywhere in the world. It was created when the sea pierced through the Portland limestone around 10,000 years ago. Looking west over the beach, isolated stacks out at sea show where an older coastline once lay. This part of the coast is formed from merged bays and shows how Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole may look in several thousand years time.
By following the natural cliff path down to Durdle Door beach, or the steps to Man O’War beach, the tilted Purbeck Beds are clearly visible. At the base of the chalk cliffs a number of caves can be seen which have been carved out by the sea (wave cut notches). Please do not enter them as cliff falls are common. A carefully placed interpretation panel at the top of the steps helps to explain the site.
Durdle Door is a must-see for any trip to this region. From camping to rock-pooling, walking to coasteering, photography to nature walks, or to just enjoy the stunning views. There’s plenty to do and see here.
Plan Your Visit
Durdle Door is open to the public all year round, with no access to the beaches permitted after 10pm/dusk. Click below for information to help you plan your visit; including directions, opening hours, accessibility and parking info.