IT is arguably the most photographed landmark in Dorset, so it's no surprise that the iconic Durdle Door has been featured in many a film and music video.

The natural limestone arch, located near Lulworth on the Jurassic Coast, is privately owned by the Weld family, who also own the Lulworth Estate, but remains open for members of the public to visit.

Those who have not made the journey to location for themselves, may well have spotted it in part of the Tears for Fears music video for Shout, or indeed in Billy Ocean's Loverboy, or even Cliff Richard's Saviour's Day.

In addition, the landscape surrounding Durdle Door has been used in scenes in a number of films, such as the biopic Wilde, starring Stephen Fry; Nanny McPhee, starring Emma Thompson, and the 1967 production of Thomas Hardy's novel Far From The Madding Crowd, which also shot scenes at the nearby Scratchy Bottom, as well as the Bollywood movie Housefull, which was released in 2010.

Off screen, the site has been brought to life in the pages of Ron Dawson's children's story Scary Bones meets the Dinosaurs of the Jurassic Coast, which creates a myth of how Durdle Door came to be, as an 'undiscovered' dinosaur called Durdle Doorus is magically transformed into rock.

And Dorset-born Arthur Moule, a friend of Thomas Hardy and missionary to China, wrote about Durdle Door for his 1879 book of poetry Songs of heaven and home, written in a foreign land.

If you want to visit the spot yourself, here are some handy tips...

Getting there:

Durdle Door is open to the public all year round - set your SATNAV postcode to BH20 5PU

There are a number of car parks available on the Lulworth Estate. The pay & display car park at Durdle Door is open from 8am until midnight between April and September, and until 4pm between October and March.

Funds raised from the sale of car park tickets contribute towards the visitor facilities at the site, which include the car parks, roads, footpaths, steps to the beaches, toilets, beach wardens, waste management and conservation.


No overnight camping is allowed in the car park, or on the beach, but if you want to stay on, camping facilities are available at the nearby Durdle Door Holiday Park.

What is there to do:

Remember to bring sensible footwear if you are planning to walk anywhere as some of the paths can be steep and occasionally unstable.

There are plenty of organised walking, cycling and coasteering opportunities at Durdle Door and the surrounding areas, which can be booked through outdoor specialists Lulworth Outdoors.

As well as taking in the sights of the iconic scenery, why not visit the nearby Lulworth Castle, which is open daily Sunday – Friday (closed Saturdays and occasionally on other days) between 10.30am and 5pm. Last entry one hour before closing.

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