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Jurassic Coast

The cliff exposures along the Dorset and East Devon coast provide an almost continuous sequence of rock formations spanning the Mesozoic Era, or some 185 million years of the earth's history. The area's important fossil sites and classic coastal geomorphologic features have contributed to the study of earth sciences for over 300 years.


Jurassic Coast

The Dorset and East Devon Coast has an outstanding combination of globally significant geological and geomorphological features. The property comprises eight sections along 155km of largely undeveloped coast.

The property’s geology displays approximately 185 million years of the Earth’s history, including a number of internationally important fossil localities. The property also contains a range of outstanding examples of coastal geomorphological features, landforms and processes, and is renowned for its contribution to earth science investigations for over 300 years, helping to foster major contributions to many aspects of geology, palaeontology and geomorphology.

This coast is considered by geologists and geomorphologists to be one of the most significant teaching and research sites in the world

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Did you know..?

Our favourite place name is Scratchy Bottom which is a valley near to the iconic Durdle Door.

Some of the most fantastic fossil discoveries were made on the Jurassic Coast: the first ichthyosaur, the first plesiosaur and the first pterosaur outside Germany. These were all found by Mary Anning, the Coast’s most famous fossil hunter in the 19th century.

During World War II several sections of the Jurassic Coast became the property of the Ministry of War.


Location: Dorset and East Devon

Country: United Kingdom

Year of Inscription: 2001

UNESCO Criteria: (viii)

Contact information:

For more information about Jurassic Coast, visit the website or contact visitor information on +44 (0)1305 224132

photo credit Eddy Pearce