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Durlston Country Park National 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 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    581
  • Very Good
    272
  • Average
    39
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • Jonnygrand
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Spectacular views of the channel
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 13th February 2018
    Visited on a cold and crisp February morning. We walked along the coastal path up until the dolphin watching area (unfortunately no sightings today - although visible around this time of year... Read full review
  • Teresa N
    Potters Bar, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Lovely views
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 7th February 2018
    Only £2 to park in the winter all day Lovely clean loos Reasonably priced cafe Fantastic views and walks Love the whale watching hide. Sadly we were not lucky Have been here at other times and seen... Read full review
  • BoscBred
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Fantastic walk
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 5th February 2018
    Really enjoyed my walk along the coast and up to the lighthouse, back to the seventh wave cafe for a much needed coffee, asked for a take away cup and unfortunately left to wait in a place where I... 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: www.travelinesw.com to look up bus timetables.

Facilities

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

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

Accessibility

  • 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 May until September.
  • Parking (charge) - large car park. 2 spaces available for coaches

Catering

  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • 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

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)

Related

Tuesday, 27th February 2018 - Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Tuesday, 13th March 2018 - Tuesday, 13th March 2018

Tuesday, 10th April 2018 - Tuesday, 10th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Castle TourA half hour tour of Durlston Castle. Donations welcome.
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Saturday, 24th February 2018 - Saturday, 24th February 2018

Saturday, 24th March 2018 - Saturday, 24th March 2018

Saturday, 7th April 2018 - Saturday, 7th April 2018

Friday, 20th April 2018 - Friday, 20th April 2018

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.
more info

Tuesday, 6th March 2018 - Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck - Up Close & Personal ExhibitionPurbeck: Up Close & Personal Exhibition
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Sunday, 25th March 2018 - Sunday, 25th March 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Castle Spring Wedding FairDurlston Castle Spring Wedding Fair
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Sunday, 4th March 2018 - Sunday, 4th March 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Impressions of Spring & Summer - Classical Music with the BSOImpressions of Spring & Summer: Classical Music with the BSO
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Sunday, 25th February 2018 - Sunday, 25th February 2018

Sunday, 25th March 2018 - Sunday, 25th March 2018

Sunday, 29th April 2018 - Sunday, 29th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography WalkPurbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography Walk
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Saturday, 14th April 2018 - Saturday, 14th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Nordic Walking TasterNordic Walking Taster
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Friday, 30th March 2018 - Sunday, 15th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: ‘Landing Among the Stars’: Exhibition of Night-time Photography‘Landing Among the Stars’: Exhibition of Night-time Photography
more info

Sunday, 8th April 2018 - Sunday, 8th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Mindfulness WalkMindfulness Walk
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Wednesday, 11th April 2018 - Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild WednesdaysWild Wednesdays
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Wednesday, 25th April 2018 - Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Clifftop TourClifftop Tour
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Saturday, 17th March 2018 - Saturday, 17th March 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston DashDurlston Dash
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Tuesday, 27th March 2018 - Tuesday, 27th March 2018

Saturday, 28th April 2018 - Saturday, 28th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Dementia Friendly StrollDementia Friendly Stroll
more info

Thursday, 5th April 2018 - Thursday, 5th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Bottle RocketsBottle Rockets
more info

Saturday, 3rd February 2018 - Saturday, 3rd March 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston's Past ExhibitionDurlston Past Exhibition
more info

Saturday, 31st March 2018 - Saturday, 31st March 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Drawing and Pen WorkshopDrawing and Pen Workshop
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Saturday, 7th April 2018 - Saturday, 7th April 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Willow WeavingDrop-in Willow Weaving
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