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The Jurassic Coast guide

Discover the Jurassic Coast with DFDS

The Jurassic Coast stretches along 95 miles of coastline from Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Studland Bay in Dorset. As England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site it ranks among the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world. The name Jurassic Coast comes from the best known of the geological periods found within it, but in fact you can find rocks from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods in the area. Countless fossils have been found along this coastline, including ancient trees and giant marine reptiles.

Getting to The Jurassic Coast

The easiest way to get there is via car ferry to one of our ports in Newhaven, Dover or Newcastle. Driving in England is the easiest way to get around and there is a great motorway system that spreads across most of the country.

What to see at The Jurassic Coast

This unspoiled seaside resort has so much to offer with its beautiful coastline and family-friendly attractions, there’s something for everyone. Don't miss the aquarium with its prized gigantic lobsters. Just down the coast from Lyme Regis is the pretty fishing village of Charmouth – perfect for fossil hunting. It has some of the most active cliff movements and mud flats in Europe which is why it’s a fossil hunter's paradise. Charmouth is also great for fishing, either from a boat or the beach and you could catch great hauls of mackerel and perhaps the occasional bass.

Nearby town - Budleigh Salterton

The town of Budleigh Salterton has a two-mile pebbled beach lined with colourful beach huts and little fishing boats. Distinctive red Devonian sandstone cliffs are at each end of the town and a walk up to the top is rewarded with spectacular views across the town and Lyme Bay. There’s a pretty little beach cafe for teas, coffees, ice creams and traditional crab sandwiches and the town itself has all the amenities you might need including an exceptional fish and chip shop.

Nearby Village - Abbotsbury

There’s also the unique village of Abbotsbury settled among the hills behind the great Chesil Bank. It is one of Dorset’s finest, and has a history going back some 6,000 years. The village has much to offer visitors including the famous 14th century St Catherine’s Chapel, the old abbey ruins, picture-postcard cottages, traditional tearooms and pubs and three of Dorset’s most popular visitor attractions; The Swannery, Sub-tropical Gardens and the Children’s Farm. Climb to the summit of Abbotsbury Hill to see the most awe-inspiring views over Chesil Beach, Portland, Lyme Bay and the whole East Devon coastline.