A natural arch cut into the Portland Stone (Limestone). The rocks that the arch is made up of is thought to be approximately 140 million years old.
A photographers dream! Lulworth Cove was formed approximately 10,000 years ago by the awesome powers of a river and the sea.
To kick off this truly amazing tour, we head west into Purbeck.
The gateway to the Jurassic Coast.
The Jurassic Coast is 95 miles of coastline on the south of England, stretching from Old Harry Rocks to Exmouth in Devon. Formed over 185 million years mainly known for its rock formations, stunning coastline and fossils.
First stop is Durlston Park. Known for its wildlife, and the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Here we visit the brand new Jurassic Coast visitor centre housed in the recently refurbished Durlston Castle. Take your time to visit the Great Globe, which is one of the largest globes in the world weighing in at 40 tons! The globe was situated in 1891. View Old Harry Rocks, the starting point of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Corfe Castle & the Village of Corfe
Abandoned Tyneham Village (Tyneham is owned by the Military of Defence and has scattered opening times)
Then from Corfe it's off to Tynham Village. Tyneham Village where time stopped in 1943. In November 1943 notice was given to the villagers that they would be required to leave within 28 days as the area was needed for forces’ training. On 17 December 1943 the last villagers left believing that one day they would be able to return. Sadly this was never to happen.
Lulworth Castle - CLOSED SATURDAYS
From Tyneham Village its off to Lulworth Castle. Built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge, the castle became a country house at the heart of a large estate. Thomas Howard, 3rd Lord Bindon, built the Castle in order to entertain hunting parties for the King and Court. The Howards owned it until 1641 when it was purchased by Humphrey Weld, the direct ancestor of the present owners. Gutted by fire in 1929.
From Lulworth Castle we head to the stunning Jurassic Coast and Durdle Door. Durdle Door is a natural arch cut into the Portland Stone (Limestone) found on the south coast of England in the county of Dorset. The rocks that the arch is made up of is thought to be approximately 140 million years old. Originally the arch would have been a series of caves along the coast, made from cracks in the layers of rock that have been hollowed out. It first appeared on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey map, dated 1811, spelt Dirdale Door.
A short walk from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove. The cove is the prime Dorset attraction for the budding geographer or simply for a leisurely walk along the Natural World Heritage Coastline and the challenging hills. Lulworth Cove was formed approximately 10,000 years ago by the awesome powers of a river and the sea. It continues to evolve behind a narrow Portland stone entrance as the softer Purbeck, Wealdon, Greensand and Chalk exposures are eroded.
Weymouth & Portland
From Lulworth we take a drive through the Dorset countryside to the site of the 2012 sailing olympics the 'isle' of Portland. Located on the World Heritage Coast, is an explorer's Island with curiosities of history and folklore just waiting to be discovered. We look west over the 18 miles of Chesil beach and the southernmost tip of the Jurassic Coast. With its 3 castles and 3 lighthouses, and Pulpit Rock, this little island packs a punch!
A truly unique Jurassic Experience!
Drop off at your booked accommodation.
FREE TIME IN EXETER
After you have been dropped off at your preferred booked accommodation, you have free time to explore the ancient city of Exeter on the River Exe. Dating back to the Roman era, the Exeter City Walls surround its centre and Gothic Exeter Cathedral. Exeter Castle, a Norman landmark, overlooks leafy Northernhay and Rougemont Gardens. To their west, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) displays fine art and costumes. The vaulted, medieval Underground Passages snake beneath the city.
Lulworth Castle was built as a hunting lodge at the beginning of the 17th century in Lulworth, Dorset, by Thomas Howard, Viscount Bindon. It was purchased by Humphrey Weld in 1641 and has belonged to the Weld family ever since. The Castle has played host to Kings; both James I and Charles II stayed there.
Heading North to Glastonbury through the civil parish of Somerset
Think of Somerset and what comes to mind - stunning views across open countryside, sandy beaches, superb strawberries, Cheddar cheese and cider? World-wide, this county is famous for its Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, Mulberry handbags and Arthurian Legends. Enjoy!
PICK UP FROM YOUR ACCOMMODATION 8:30AM - 9AM
This morning you head for Glastonbury, home of the world renowned Glastonbury Festival, a pilgrimage undertaken by music and art lovers from every corner of the globe annually. You climb the renowned Glastonbury Tor, long associated with the legendary ruler of the Britons, King Arthur. Offering a spectacular view from its summit of three different counties, this is truly a regal experience.
Salisbury & Salisbury Cathedral
We then visit Salisbury, the historic city and market town that grew up around the cathedral. Explore Salisbury Cathedral, built in 1220, the tallest and most beautiful church building in Britain. (Suggested donation £3). Within the Cathedral view the best preserved copy of the Magna Carta, the medieval document written in 1215, that forms the foundation of the rule of law and many countries' constitutions.
HEAD BACK TO BOURNEMOUTH
We end our tour heading back to Bournemouth through the lush rolling country side hills of Salisbury Plain back into Dorset.
This really is the best of the South West!
Drop off at your preferred location.
the magical ancient site of Stonehenge, World Heritage Site. Learn about the millennia of use that created Stonehenge as we see it today. Fortress, calendar, temple or hospital? You decide.
The golden strata of nearby East Cliff are one of the most distinctive features of the Jurassic Coast, and the area is very popular with walkers. East Beach has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Where does this tour stay overnight?
You stay one night in Exeter.
How does the accommodation work?
Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.
I want Dorset Tours to book my accommodation, what happens now?
Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.
Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.
I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?
You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.
Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.
What if I cancel my tour at short notice?
If you cancel less than three days before departure, you will be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.
What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?
We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.
We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.
B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard
The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other rooms in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.
The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.
The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.
In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night.
Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.
In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.
A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.
Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.
I have more questions, who can help me?
If you have any more questions, feel free to call us on 44 (0) 1305 23 00 53 ,or email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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09.00 - Bournemouth Coach & Station, BH8 8DL
18.00 - 19.00 Approx
Seniors over 60
Explore over 800 years of history at Salisbury Cathedral, one of the UK’s most iconic medieval buildings with an award-winning welcome. Discover our original 1215 Magna Carta, one of only four in the world, and explore its legacy in an interactive exhibition.
Discover the National Trust's Glastonbury Tor, Somerset. Steeped in history and legend, the Tor is a fascinating place to visit.