The Old Barn
Main Road
West Lulworth
BH20 5RL
Tel: (01929) 400305
The Local Area
West Lulworth is a picturesque village only a short walk from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast where guest will find the unique landforms of Lulworth Cove, the Lulworth Crumple and Durdle Door, which is a stone archway created by thousands of years of erosion. East of Lulworth Cove and only a short walk away is the Fossil Forest where visitors can see evidence of fossilised trees. In addition to its natural beauty there is an abundance of wildlife ranging from deer and hares to many species of moths and butterflies including the Lulworth Skipper. There is also plenty of evidence of prehistoric settlements which can be seen on the hills around the village.

A short drive east of Lulworth is the deserted village of Tynham. The villagers were evacuated in 1943 by the Army, and the area now forms part of the ranges. Many of the buildings have been capped but the church and school house have been fully restored and are open to the public. From Tynham visitors can walk to Worbarrow Bay which is another excellent swimming beach.

At East Lulworth stands Lulworth Castle. Visitors can enjoy exploring the 17th Century Castle and park lands and visit St Mary’s Chapel which is the first catholic chapel built since the reformation. During the year there are many events held in the grounds including Easter events, pirate festival, jousting, rallys, a Civil War battle and living history encampment, and Camp Bestival.

Monkey World is only a short drive from The Old Barn. The centre was set up in 1987 by the late Jim Cronin and his wife to provide a home for apes and monkeys which have been rescued from varying situations and conditions. Monkey World is currently home to over 160 rescued apes and monkeys, and is also part of international breeding programmes for endangered species. It provides a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting day and is appreciated by children and adult visitors alike.

Other nearby attractions include Corfe Castle which was founded in the 11th Century, and the voluntary run Swanage Steam Railway which has trips between Swanage and Corfe. West of Lulworth is Tolpuddle, Athelhampton House and of course the market town of Dorchester where visitors can find Maiden Castle, the Dorchester County Museum and many other attractions.
Lulworth Coast
Lulworth Castle
Monkey World
Swanage Steam Railway
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