The Jurassic Coast was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 2001 on account of its importance to geology and palaeontology, and the sheer beauty of its landscape. UNESCO lists it as Dorset and East Devon Coast. The area attracts hundreds of thousands of fossil hunters, hikers, campers and beach-goers each year.
- 1 Burton Bradstock — village in West Dorset near West Bay
- 2 Lulworth
- 3 Lyme Regis
- 4 Weymouth
- 5 West Bay
Many of the earliest recognised scientific dinosaur discoveries were made along the Jurassic Coast in the early 19th century, promoting the rise of the science of paleontology. Pioneering fossil hunters like Mary Anning took advantage of the coast's highly fossiliferous cliffs.
There is a South Western Railways service from London Waterloo to Poole and Exeter.
These bus services are of particular use to people visiting the Jurassic Coast:
The attractions of the Jurassic Coast are many. Not to be missed, however, are:
- Lulworth Cove at Lulworth
- Durdle Door, within easy hiking / kayaking distance west of Lulworth
- Chesil Beach, the longest example of a tombolo (sandy isthmus) in the UK
- Golden Cap near Charmouth, the highest point on the south coast of Britain at 191 metres (627 ft).
- Hunt for fossils
- Relax on a beach
- Walk the South West Coast Path
- Being on the coast, fresh fish & chips is widely available.
Cliffs can be prone to rockfalls, so avoid walking directly beneath them. This is not an abstract risk: people are killed this way with regrettable frequency.