Sprawling 95 miles from East Devon to Dorset, The Jurassic Coast is a magical part of the English coast that is quite literally, a journey through time. An incredible site to discover fossils and evidence of the history of our planet, the coast offers breathtaking views of dramatic landscapes – a national gem of natural beauty. Whether it’s a relaxing weekend, or an adventure break that you are after, our travel guide to the Jurassic Coast will take you on a countryside journey equivalent to a big warm hug.
A mellow country house situated along Studland Bay, The Pig on The Beach is a true English oasis and a perfect Jurassic Coast accomodation for anyone looking for a unique experience in this part of the. Stunning backdrops including one of the south coast's most iconic land sites, Old Harry Rocks, sit perfectly in eyesight from your very own private dovecote. Enjoy dinner and breakfast in an intimate setting as Andy, the Head Chef explains how the seasonal menu changes depending on what the forager finds or what the kitchen gardener deems to be in perfect condition.
While on your Jurassic Coast holiday, jump on board the Amaretto IV with local fisherman Steve Sweet and Mark Hix for a day of sea fishing off the South West coast. Mark himself will prepare a HIX hamper to take on board with seasonal snacks, lunch and drinks to keep you going through the day. After a day of fishing, head back to the HIX Oyster and Fish House where their head chef will prepare a feast of the day’s catch with local ingredients and foraged sea vegetables, complete with wine. Perched on the hillside offering panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast, the restaurant offers a spectacular setting to enjoy your catch of the day.
The Priory: One of the oldest hotels in the area dating back to 809, The Priory serves a delicious hearty breakfast
The Salt Pig: Local favourite café and deli famous for its tasty Mangalitsa sausage sandwiches.
Rick Stein, Sand Banks: Seafood specialists boasting a diverse menu of classic and exotic dishes, all prepared using freshly caught seafood
A place that exudes romance, this site is known for being the setting of Thomas Hardy’s real-life love story with the local harbour master’s daughter. Standing high on the cliff overlooking one of the most striking bays on the Dorset coast, the impressive Clavell Tower inspired many of the author’s novels and has captivated other writers such as PD James. The perfect morning activity for those looking for scenic Jurassic Coast walks, to get to the tower, stroll along Kimmeridge Bay where you will stumble across hundreds of fossils that can be found in the flat clay beds.
The Etches Collection: A museum of Jurassic marine life housing over 2,300 specimens.
Lulworth Cove: Formed during the last Ice Age, Lulworth Cove is world famous for its picturesque white pebble beach, unique geology, crystal clear blue waters.
Tyneham Village: A fascinating historical site, the village was evacuated during WWII and to this day is still deserted.
Our full Jurassic Coast Travel Guide offers a 3 night luxury itinerary taking you to spectacular natural sights, gastronomical treats, literary inspirations and so much more to help you discover the best of this stunning region.
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