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Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Lighthouse Road
BH19 2JL

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Durlston Country Park

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Parking fee applies


  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • Paul Robert Joh... S
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful, hidden gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 22nd April 2017
    We were wanting somewhere to visit that didn't cost the earth with 2 kids. After some research came across this gem. £4 for 4 hrs or £5 for the day Stunning views and short walks (buggy friendly but... Read full review
  • Kay848
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 19th April 2017
    We only decided on the 'off chance' to visit Durlston as we were staying close by in Swanage but we were so glad we did! It is a beautiful park centred by a castle which is now houses a small... Read full review
  • Dave L
    Hedge End, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Varied place to visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 17th April 2017
    We walked the coastal route from Swanage so were glad of a place to sit down and have lunch. The Dorset cider was great. We were there during the Easter break so it was very crowded. 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 bus from Wareham Railway Station to Swanage Bus/Train Station (this bus route starts in Poole). Transfer to the Durlston Explorer number 5 bus to the Country Park (the bus runs from 29 May until 24 September 2016).

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 bus to the Country Park (the bus runs from 29 May until 24 September 2016).

To plan your journey by public transport contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: to look up bus timetables.


Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction - Castle, Visitor Centre and Art Gallery.
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Smoking Some Areas


  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - on lead
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route - the number 5 bus runs from 29 May until 24 September 2016.
  • Parking (charge) - large car park. 2 spaces available for coaches


  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 3:00 hours
  • Delta accepted
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - on lead
  • Open all year
  • Toilets

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.

Opening Times

2017 Opening (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* 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)


Friday, 28th April 2017 - Friday, 28th April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Stargazing
more info

Saturday, 8th April 2017 - Monday, 1st May 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: ‘Purbeck and Beyond’ Exhibition‘Purbeck and Beyond’ ‘Trapped Light': Exhibition of Contemporary Engraved Glass
more info

Sunday, 30th April 2017 - Sunday, 30th April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Life on the Edge: Seabirds of Durlston WalkLife on the Edge: Seabirds of Durlston Walk
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Saturday, 8th April 2017 - Monday, 1st May 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Pleasure Grounds DisplayDurlston Pleasure Grounds Display
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