The Castle Inn is a traditional family-run 16th Century thatched free house pub and hotel with an extensive food menu (available until 9.00pm every night) and regularly changing local real ales and ciders, near the beautiful Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door of the Jurassic Coastline and surrounded by the Isle of Purbeck countryside. The Castle Inn has been run by the Halliday family for over 30 years, over three generations.
We are extremely Dog Friendly, and dogs are allowed throughout the pub and even have their own treats on the bar! Dogs (and other pets!) are also very welcome in our accommodation, please look at our “Dog Page” for more information!
We are renowned for the quality (and quantity!) of our bar meals, which are all locally-sourced and home made where possible! We offer a wide range of dishes and there should be something suitable for everyone!
Home of the Permanent Dorset Cider Festival!
We have a great reputation for offering the largest selections of traditional Real Ciders in Dorset, with a strong focus on West Country producers. We also offer a large range of local Real Ales served direct from the barrel, which are chosen from local breweries and quality guest breweries.
We are only a short walk to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, which makes our bedrooms a great place to stay whilst enjoying the area. We are ideally placed for a countless number of walks, through wonderful countryside and along the magnificent South West Coastal Path.
We are proud to have been awarded the East Dorset CAMRA’s “Rural Pub of the Year” 2014, 2012 & 2010! We are also proud to be listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2017-2011!
Bar Opening Hours
12:00PM – 10:00PM
Food Service Hours
12:00PM – 9:00PM
About Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Cove, in Dorset, is a beautiful area situated on the World Heritage coastline. Lulworth Cove is the prime Dorset attraction for the budding geographer or simply for a leisurely walk along the Natural World Heritage and Jurassic Coastline and through the Purbeck countryside. Nearby there is the Durdle Door, Stair Hole, Fossil Forest and many other great geological delights. Staying in Lulworth gives you access to all this and is also only a short drive to the other attractions Dorset and the Isle of Purbeck has to offer, including Dorchester, Weymouth, Corfe Castle, Swanage, Studland, Poole and Bournemouth.
Durdle Door, only a short walk from Lulworth Cove, has a sloping sandy beach for bathing and snorkelling from, with many caves and rock formations. It makes a perfect place to have a picnic, sunbathe and go swimming.
At Lulworth Cove, there is the famous Fossil Forest. There are the remains of the growths that formed around tree stumps from about 135 million years ago. Further along the coast there are the ripple marks of an ancient beac