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Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Type:Country Park/Nature Reserve

Lighthouse Road
SWANAGE
Dorset
BH19 2JL

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Durlston Country Park

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Parking fee applies.

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    648
  • Very Good
    301
  • Average
    41
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • Bruce M
    Sydney, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Large estate with Victorian "Castle"
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 10th November 2018
    Walked the 1.5-2 miles from Swanage around the coastal path and were rewarded with great views of the cliffs, Old Harry Rocks to the north, and paths that led though tree canopies. The Durlston... Read full review
  • gagensl24
    Greater London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A must visit place at the top of hill
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 10th November 2018
    We've been to Swanage many times but this was our first visit to Durlston. It's a delight on the headland. A great stone globe should not be missed, nor the cafe which is superb. Enjoy it all and... Read full review
  • Go662896
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Nice day out
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 16th November 2018
    We had a lovely day out here on Tuesday with our 3 year old twins and baby. We parked near the "castle" for approx £2. The walk to the globe from here is very short. It is also steep if you use the... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the west: Nearest major road is A351. Follow A351 from Wareham to Swanage, then follow Durlston Country Park signs through Swanage's one-way system and up hill to the car park.From the east: Nearest major road is the A35. Follow signs to Sandbanks and catch the car ferry over the Studland. Follow signs to Swanage, then follow Durlston Country Park signs through Swanage's one-way system and up hill to the car park.

Public Transport Directions

FROM THE WEST: the nearest mainline railway station is Wareham (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line). Catch the number 40 or bus from Wareham Railway Station to Swanage Bus/Train Station. Transfer to the Durlston Explorer number 5 bus to the Country Park (the bus runs from 27 May until 22 September 2018).

FROM THE EAST: Catch the train to Bournemouth Railway Station then transfer to the number 50 bus to Swanage Bus/Railway Station. Transfer to the Durlston Explorer number 5 bus to the Country Park (the bus runs from 27 May until 22 September 2018).

JOURNEY PLANNING: Contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: www.travelinesw.com to look up bus timetables. From 1st January 2018, calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - tramper mobility scooters available for hire - please book in advance.
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - on lead
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - on lead
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 3:00 hours
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction - Castle, Visitor Centre and Art Gallery.
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Some Areas

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route - the number 5 bus runs from May until September.
  • Parking (charge) - large car park. 2 spaces available for coaches

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - charge applies. Free coach parking included in tour price.

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Opening Times

2018 Opening (1 January 2018 - 31 December 2018)

* Visitor Centre Opening Times
April to 31 October - 10:00 to 17:00
November to 31 March - 10:30 to 16:00 (except Christmas Day)

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Wednesday, 28th November 2018 - Wednesday, 28th November 2018

Wednesday, 27th February 2019 - Wednesday, 27th February 2019

Wednesday, 24th April 2019 - Wednesday, 24th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Castle TourCastle Tour
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Sunday, 17th March 2019 - Sunday, 17th March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Poetry Guided WalkPoetry Guided Walk
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Friday, 14th December 2018 - Friday, 14th December 2018

Saturday, 9th February 2019 - Saturday, 9th February 2019

Sunday, 10th March 2019 - Sunday, 10th March 2019

Tuesday, 9th April 2019 - Tuesday, 9th April 2019

Saturday, 13th April 2019 - Saturday, 13th April 2019

Saturday, 27th April 2019 - Saturday, 27th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: StargazingJoin the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk in the Learning Centre and a chance to use telescopes to view the night sky.
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Friday, 5th April 2019 - Tuesday, 23rd April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Easter Trail: Wildlife SuperheroesEaster Trail: Wildlife Superheroes
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Friday, 4th January 2019 - Friday, 4th January 2019

Sunday, 3rd February 2019 - Sunday, 3rd February 2019

Durlston Castle and Great Globe at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Monthly Bird WalkMonthly Bird Walk
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Sunday, 31st March 2019 - Sunday, 31st March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Castle Wedding FairDurlston Castle Wedding Fair
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Thursday, 22nd November 2018 - Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Thursday, 3rd January 2019 - Thursday, 3rd January 2019

Thursday, 11th April 2019 - Thursday, 11th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Welcome to the Pleasure Grounds! Guided TourWelcome to the Pleasure Grounds! Guided Tour
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Wednesday, 31st October 2018 - Wednesday, 28th November 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park:Victorian Durlston ExhibitionVictorian Durlston Exhibition
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Tuesday, 19th February 2019 - Tuesday, 19th February 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Clay Creatures: Kids EventClay Creatures: Kids Event
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019 - Tuesday, 16th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Dinosaurs at DurlstonDinosaurs at Durlston
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Friday, 22nd March 2019 - Friday, 22nd March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Live Music with The Wareham WhalersLive Music with The Wareham Whalers
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Sunday, 25th November 2018 - Sunday, 25th November 2018

Sunday, 27th January 2019 - Sunday, 27th January 2019

Sunday, 24th February 2019 - Sunday, 24th February 2019

Sunday, 31st March 2019 - Sunday, 31st March 2019

Sunday, 28th April 2019 - Sunday, 28th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography WalkWildlife & Photography Walk:Purbeck Footprints
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Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Saturday, 1st December 2018

Tuesday, 8th January 2019 - Tuesday, 8th January 2019

Tuesday, 5th March 2019 - Tuesday, 5th March 2019

Saturday, 6th April 2019 - Saturday, 6th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Nordic Walking Taster SessionNordic Walking Taster Session
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Wednesday, 16th January 2019 - Sunday, 24th March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Miracle of Migration ExhibitionMiracle of Migration Exhibition
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Thursday, 4th April 2019 - Sunday, 21st April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Litter Free Coast and Sea Exhibition - Clean Seas WeeksLitter Free Coast and Sea Exhibition - Clean Seas Weeks
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Sunday, 28th April 2019 - Sunday, 28th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Early Spider Orchids and Other Spring FlowersEarly Spider Orchids and Other Spring Flowers
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Wednesday, 2nd January 2019 - Wednesday, 2nd January 2019

Wednesday, 20th February 2019 - Wednesday, 20th February 2019

Wednesday, 10th April 2019 - Wednesday, 10th April 2019

Wednesday, 17th April 2019 - Wednesday, 17th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild WednesdaysWild Wednesdays
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Sunday, 6th January 2019 - Sunday, 6th January 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Victorian DurlstonVictorian Durlston
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Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Sunday, 6th January 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Past ExhibitionDurlston Past Exhibition
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Sunday, 17th February 2019 - Sunday, 17th February 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston RocksDurlston Rocks Take a stroll to discover more about Durlston's wildlife, history and geology with Shannon Dugdale
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Sunday, 16th December 2018 - Sunday, 16th December 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Christmas Pudding Plod: Charity Fun RunChristmas Pudding Plod: Charity Fun Run
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Wednesday, 30th January 2019 - Wednesday, 30th January 2019

Wednesday, 27th March 2019 - Wednesday, 27th March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Gentle StrollGentle Stroll
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Sunday, 7th April 2019 - Sunday, 7th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: The Spring Has Sprung - Spring WildlifeThe Spring Has Sprung - Spring Wildlife
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Sunday, 24th March 2019 - Sunday, 24th March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wildlife WanderWildlife Wander
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Monday, 8th April 2019 - Monday, 8th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Beachcombing CraftsBeachcombing Crafts
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Saturday, 16th February 2019 - Saturday, 16th February 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Introduction to OrienteeringIntroduction to Orienteering
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Sunday, 18th November 2018 - Sunday, 18th November 2018

Sunday, 9th December 2018 - Sunday, 9th December 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Glass Engraving WorkshopGlass Engraving Workshop. Create a unique glass Christmas card. No experience necessary; tools and glass provided. Booking required.
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Sunday, 25th November 2018 - Sunday, 25th November 2018

Durlston at Christmas Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston At ChristmasA selection of local produce and gifts for Christmas! Visit SeventhWave Cafe and enjoy mulled wine, carol singers and mince pies a plenty - the perfect excuse for your last minute shopping.
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Wednesday, 9th January 2019 - Wednesday, 13th February 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ExhibitionDorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Exhibition
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Sunday, 17th February 2019 - Sunday, 17th February 2019

Sunday, 21st April 2019 - Sunday, 21st April 2019

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Art Workshop: Drawing in Pen and PencilArt Workshop: Drawing in Pen and Pencil
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Friday, 12th April 2019 - Friday, 12th April 2019

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project LaunchDurlston Pleasure Grounds Project Launch
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019 - Tuesday, 9th April 2019

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park:Bottle RocketsBottle Rockets
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