Lulworth Cove

Pebbles and high cliffs characterise Lulworth Cove, where the difference between the Portland stone and the softer Purbeck can be clearly noted in the bay's near-perfect circular shape, making it a sheltered harbour for boats. The Portland stone, which guards the entrance, erodes much more slowly than the Purbeck, giving rise to one of Dorset’s most famous coastal images.

The Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre and the 17th century Lulworth Castle make Lulworth Cove and its crescent-shaped pebbly beach extremely busy in summer.

Type of Beach

Sand & shingle


Heritage Centre with toilets and gift shops and cafe. The village of West Lulworth has shops and a pub


Pay-and-display car park in the village


From the east. head for Wareham then Wool on the A352. Lulworth is five miles south of Wool off the B3070/3071.

Nearest Town


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Lulworth Cove tide times

  • Sun 21st July

    High 5:21am (5.04m)
    Low 12:00pm (1.16m)
    High 5:42pm (5.36m)
  • Mon 22nd July

    Low 12:27am (0.97m)
    High 6:04am (5.21m)
    Low 12:46pm (0.96m)
    High 6:25pm (5.54m)
  • Tue 23rd July

    Low 1:13am (0.78m)
    High 6:48am (5.31m)
    Low 1:32pm (0.83m)
    High 7:09pm (5.64m)
  • Wed 24th July

    Low 1:59am (0.67m)
    High 7:31am (5.34m)
    Low 2:16pm (0.78m)
    High 7:52pm (5.65m)

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