Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology, fascinating wildlife and the newly renovated Durlston Castle, there is always something different to see and do.
Gateway to the Jurassic Coast
Durlston is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which runs from Exmouth in the west to Old Harry Rocks at Ballard Down. We are also designated as Heritage Coast, Special Area of Conservation, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Nature Reserve. Our offshore waters are part of the Marine Research Area.
Durlston Castle is our new Visitor Centre
A wonderful renovation of the Victorian Castle, fully accessible with a timeline from the car park, daily and monthly wildlife, geology, live camera images and regularly changing Exhibitions and Art in our gallery. Also home to seventhwave cafe & restaurant and our shop (selling books, souvenirs and locally made gifts and jewellery). Come and spend the day here. Open every day 10am - 4pm.
|Open All Year|
|2013 Opening (01/01/2013 - 31/12/2013)|
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
Parking Fees but no entry charge.
Swanage Pier was built in 1896 and was originally used for the thriving paddle steamer industry...0.84 miles away
Working Station, open daily unless any emergencies arise.0.84 miles away
The Museum and Heritage Centre is situated in the Old Market Building (built in the 1890's) on...0.92 miles away
Workshop and shop housed in a Listed building of special architectural and historic interest...0.97 miles away
The Mowlem Theatre and Cinema can seat up to 400 people and has a combined programme of film...0.98 miles away
The Swanage Railway is a heritage railway running through six miles of beautiful Purbeck...1.06 miles away
Beach huts are let on a daily or weekly basis. They are a popular feature and are provided with a...1.1 miles away
The beach is one of the main attractions of the town with thousands flocking to Swanage every...1.18 miles away
Beach huts are let on a daily or weekly basis. They are a popular feature and are provided with a...1.28 miles away
Beach huts are let on a daily or weekly basis. They are a popular feature and are provided with a...1.31 miles away
With over 40 years’ experience of welcoming residential educational groups, Harrow House...1.5 miles away
Restored coach house of old rectory Langton Matravers. Static exhibits, facsimile of an underground...2.45 miles away
Traditional stone carving courses for all the family. Gallery of sculpture and local art and crafts...2.99 miles away
Old Harry Rocks are two chalk sea stacks located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in...3.45 miles away
Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 3 miles from South Haven Point to the chalk cliffs of...4.53 miles away
No visit to the Swanage Railway is complete without a visit to this excellent resource. The Museum...5.28 miles away