It is privately owned by the Welds, a family who owns 12,000 acres (50 km2) in Dorset in the name of the Lulworth Estate. It is open to the public. The name Durdle is derived from the Old English ‘thirl’ meaning bore or drill. In literature and popular culture : Music videos have been filmed at Durdle Door, including parts of Tears for Fears’ “Shout”, Billy Ocean’s “Loverboy”, and Cliff Richard’s “Saviour’s Day”.
The landscape around Durdle Door has been used in scenes in several films, including Wilde (1997) starring Stephen Fry, Nanny McPhee starring Emma Thompson, the 1967 production of Far From The Madding Crowd (the latter also filmed around nearby Scratchy Bottom), and the Bollywood film Housefull . Ron Dawson’s children’s story Scary Bones meets the Dinosaurs of the Jurassic Coast creates a myth of how Durdle Door came to be, as an ‘undiscovered’ dinosaur called Durdle Doorus is magically transformed into rock. The coastline is of such international geological importance that it was designated England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 and is now part of a family of natural wonders including America’s Grand Caneyon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Beach Amenities : Toilets for Disabled Visitors – at Durdle Door Holiday Park , On-Site cafe/restaurant – at Durdle Door Holiday Park ,Free Admission / Parking charges apply.
Access : Coordinates : 50.621111, -2.276667 / Location : West Lulworth, England . / By car : Durdle Door is just west of West Lulworth on the B3070 which leaves the A352 (Wareham to Dorchester road) at Holmbridge. By public transportation : By train : The nearest railway station is Wool (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line). Bus numbers 15, 30, X54 and X55 connect Wool Railway Station to West Lulworth for Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The 15 bus operates on school days only. The X54 and X55 operate daily from 15 April 2018 until 22 September 2018. The 30 bus operates from 24 June until 15 September 2018. There is also a Taxi rank at Wool Station, but you should pre-book to guarantee availability.
By bus: There are 4 bus services to West Lulworth for Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door (numbers 15, 30, X54 and X55). The 15 bus operates on school days only. The X54 and X55 operate daily from 15 April 2018 until 22 September 2018. The 30 bus operates daily from 24 June until 15 September 2018.