Lulworth Cove & Visitor Centre
Lulworth Cove and Visitor Centre
Lulworth Cove was formed approximately 10,000 years ago by the power of a river and the sea. The Cove is a pebble beach and can be very sheltered due to its natural protection. Situated near the cove is the Boat Shed Café which serves light bites, snacks, ice cream, hot and cold drinks.
The Visitor Centre is open daily Monday to Sunday. Admission is free and the Centre contains exhibitions and displays about the cove and rocks. The exhibitions and displays are updated and reviewed regularly. Situated in the Visitor Centre is a gift shop stocking rocks, fossils and quality souvenirs.
Telephone: 01929 400587 (Main Reception)
The Visitor Centre is open from 10am – 5pm during the Summer and 10am – 4pm in the Winter. The Visitor Centre Gift shop is open later during the summer months. Please call 01929 400587 to check prior to your visit.
Only guide dogs are permitted within the buildings.
Travelling to Lulworth
Travelling by road from Bournemouth – Take the A35 Dorchester, taking the first exit at the Bakers Arms roundabout towards Wareham. Take A352 from Wareham to Dorchester, from this road you can follow the brown signs for Lulworth Cove.
For visitors using satellite navigation systems our postcode is BH20 5RQ.
Travelling by rail you you can arrive at either Wool or Wareham station where taxi services are available.
Garrison Cars 01929 463395
Mike Taxis 01929 550123
Buses run from Dorchester and Wool to East Lulworth and Lulworth Cove (service 103). Please phone Door to Dorset for more information on 0845 602 4547.
Car Parking Facilities
The car park at Lulworth Cove is pay and display. There are 1200 designated spaces, 8 of which are for disabled use. All parking spaces are on chalky gravel. Visitors should bear in mind that the car park is unlit at night and visitors in the evening may need to bring a torch.
The Visitor Centre reception is located just through the main doors down the slope from the car park.
The main entrance is down six stairs and a ramp to the right of the area for wheel chairs. The ramp is 1m in width. These both lead to a set of double doors (Approx 1.5m). This leads into a small lobby area and then another set of doors (Approx 1.5m). This opens to the main reception area and the Visitor Centre displays.
The entrance to the Visitor Centre Gift shop is to the left of the reception. The entrance is approximately 1.8m across. The Gift shop also has two more entrances from the outside of the Centre. One to the side of the Centre and (approx 1.3m) and one to the rear of the building (approx 0.8m).
Visitor Centre Toilets
The Visitor Centre toilets are to the right of the main entrance accessible down six steps or a ramp (approx 1m width). The main door (approx 0.8m) leads to a small corridor with the women’s toilet to the left, the men’s in the middle and the disabled toilet to the right.
The female toilet is entered through an inward opening door (approx 0.8m). There are five cubicles which are approximately 1 meter by 0.9 meters. The pedestals are flushed by push down handles. There are four sinks 0.8 meters high each with push down taps and two push operated soap dispensers. There are two automatic hot air hand dryers at a height of 1.2 meters and a small open top bin.
The male toilets are entered through an inward opening door (approx 0.8m). There is 1 urinal at a height of 0.65 meters and two cubicles which are approximately 1.1 meters by 0.75 meters with pedestals flushed by push down handles. There are 2 sinks 0.8 meters high each with push down taps and three push operated soap dispensers. There are two automatic hot air dryers at a height of 1.2 meters and a small open top bin.
The disabled toilet door (approx 0.9m wide) has a large handle to assist with opening. There is one pedestal with supporting rails and bars. It has a push lush lever and an emergency cord to pull if assistance is needed. It has one sink at a height of 0.7 meters with lever taps and a push operated soap dispenser. It has one automatic hot air dryer and an open top bin. Baby changing facilities are located in the disabled toilet and consist of a pull down changing table at a height of 0.8 meters and a nappy disposal bin.
Escape routes are clearly marked with overhead green signs. Staff will assist evacuation in the event of a fire in the building.
There are designated first aiders in the Visitor Centre.