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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
    661
  • Very Good
    308
  • Average
    41
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • KarlSurreyUK
    West Sussex, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Wow! Those views!
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 10th May 2019
    We run with and walk our two 🐕🐕 in this wonderful complex beauty spot when we’re in Swanage. If you enjoy stunning views with your cliff top walks this is the place for repeated visits. Awesome 😎 Read full review
  • Kite2412
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Something for all ages, a lovely place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 11th May 2019
    We come here several times a year but particularly in April. The chalk cliffs in the Durlston Country Park are a really special habitat for wildlife and wild flowers. A particular favourite are the... Read full review
  • junecandy
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Enjoyed our visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 13th May 2019
    I wish we had more time here. There is an amazing view of Old Harry Rocks from the view platform and we could even see the isle of white! The park itself is well maintained and the staff our super... 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

2019 Opening (1 January 2019 - 31 December 2019)

* Castle & Visitor Centre Opening Times: April to 31 October - 10:00 to 17:00 and November to 31 March - 10:30 to 16:00 (except Christmas Day).
The Park is open all year.

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Monday, 23rd September 2019 - Monday, 23rd September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Castle TourCastle Tour
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Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Saturday, 25th May 2019

Saturday, 17th August 2019 - Saturday, 17th August 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Mindfulness WalkMindfulness Walk
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Saturday, 7th September 2019 - Saturday, 7th September 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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Monday, 29th July 2019 - Monday, 29th July 2019

Durlston Castle and Great Globe at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Clifftop TourClifftop Tour
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Events at Durlston Country Park:Ten Bays: Exhibition:Ten Bays: Exhibition
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Thursday, 25th July 2019 - Thursday, 25th July 2019

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Events at Durlston Country Park: Natural Woodcraft with David EwersNatural Woodcraft with David Ewers
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Thursday, 26th September 2019 - Thursday, 26th September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Welcome to the Pleasure Grounds! Guided TourWelcome to the Pleasure Grounds! Guided Tour
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Walking the Land ExhibitionWalking the Land Exhibition
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Events at Durlston Country Park: PramblePramble
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Live Music Harmony RocksLive Music- Harmony Rocks
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Seabird Boat TripSeabird Boat Trip
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography WalkWildlife & Photography Walk:Purbeck Footprints
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Weaving in the WoodlandWeaving in the Woodland
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Sunday, 4th August 2019 - Sunday, 4th August 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Poetry DayPoetry Day
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Tuesday, 18th June 2019 - Tuesday, 18th June 2019

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Events at Durlston Country Park: Drawing in the MeadowsDrawing in the Meadows 11am-1pm
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Wildflower WalksWildflower Walks
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Meet a Moth Meet a Moth!
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Ocean Wonders Children's TrailOcean Wonders Children's Trail
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild WednesdaysWild Wednesdays
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Sunday, 22nd September 2019 - Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Great Dorset Beach CleanGreat Dorset Beach Clean
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Tuesday, 6th August 2019 - Tuesday, 6th August 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Victorian WalkVictorian Walk
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Sunday, 9th June 2019 - Sunday, 9th June 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Life on the Edge: Seabird WalkLife on the Edge: Seabird Walk
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Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Sunday, 9th June 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Heather Gibbons-Drawn to the Edge with Brushes of Colour ExhibitionHeather Gibbons-Drawn to the Edge with Brushes of Colour Exhibition
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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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Events at Durlston Country Park: Gentle StrollGentle Stroll
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Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Park YogaStop Frame Animation Halloween Workshop with Richard Haynes
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Zennor Box Paintings: ExhibitionZennor Box Paintings: Exhibition
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Bushcraft BootcampBushcraft Bootcamp
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Sunday, 18th August 2019 - Sunday, 18th August 2019

Sunday, 29th September 2019 - Sunday, 29th September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Walk With a RangerWalks with the Rangers
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Wildlife DetectivesWildlife Wander
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Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Saturday, 14th September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Park to Pier Walk: History and WildlifePark to Pier Walk: History and Wildlife
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Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Saturday, 3rd August 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Introduction to OrienteeringIntroduction to Orienteering
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Glass Engraving WorkshopGlass Engraving
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Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Dog DayDurlston Dog Day 2019!
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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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Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park:Life in the Ocean Willow and Paper SculpturesLife in the Ocean Willow and Paper Sculptures
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