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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.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    548
  • Very Good
    258
  • Average
    38
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • Kay T
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Lunch at Durlston
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 21st August 2017
    We had a lovely lunch we arrived just before they stopped serving but everything we were served was lovely and fresh we would definitely go back Read full review
  • Sarah D
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Stunning!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th August 2017
    We love coming here when we visit swanage! Wonderful walks with breathtaking views. Visited with children 4, 7 and 14 and there was enough to keep us all happy all afternoon. Lovey cafe for a cream... Read full review
  • Simon H
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A wonderful surprise!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th August 2017
    You know before you go on holiday, you check out TripAdvisor for a few reviews and options............ .........I did just that on this place! It's absolutely fabulous. It's free to get in, pay for... 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

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction - Castle, Visitor Centre and Art Gallery.
  • 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 29 May until 24 September 2016.
  • Parking (charge) - large car park. 2 spaces available for coaches

Catering

  • 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)

Related

Thursday, 7th September 2017 - Thursday, 7th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Castle TourA half hour tour of Durlston Castle. Donations welcome.
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Sunday, 24th September 2017 - Sunday, 24th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Victorian Durlston Walk Victorian Durlston Walk
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Friday, 25th August 2017 - Friday, 25th August 2017

Friday, 29th September 2017 - Friday, 29th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Stargazing
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Friday, 21st July 2017 - Sunday, 3rd September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston's Dino TrailDurlston's Dino Trail
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Sunday, 3rd September 2017 - Sunday, 3rd September 2017

Sunday, 24th September 2017 - Sunday, 24th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Bird WalkBird Walk
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Friday, 11th August 2017 - Monday, 28th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: 'SOUP' Exhibition by Mandy Barker'SOUP' Exhibition by Mandy Barker
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Thursday, 31st August 2017 - Thursday, 31st August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: 'Let's Go Fly a Kite''Let's Go Fly a Kite'
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Sunday, 27th August 2017 - Sunday, 27th August 2017

Sunday, 17th September 2017 - Sunday, 17th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography WalkPurbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography Walk
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Saturday, 26th August 2017 - Saturday, 26th August 2017

Saturday, 9th September 2017 - Saturday, 9th September 2017

Saturday, 30th September 2017 - Saturday, 30th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Meet a Moth
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Wednesday, 23rd August 2017 - Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

Wednesday, 30th August 2017 - Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild WednesdaysWild Wednesdays
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Friday, 1st September 2017 - Friday, 1st September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park:Nordic Walking Taster Session Nordic Walking Taster Session
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Saturday, 2nd September 2017 - Saturday, 2nd September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Dementia Friendly StrollDementia Friendly Stroll
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Friday, 1st September 2017 - Friday, 1st September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Barn Dance with ‘Maiden Oak’Barn Dance with ‘Maiden Oak’
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Saturday, 2nd September 2017 - Saturday, 2nd September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Chamber MusicChamber Music
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Tuesday, 29th August 2017 - Tuesday, 29th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park:Orienteering for BeginnersOrienteering for Beginners
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Monday, 11th September 2017 - Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Discover Madagascar with the BNSSDiscover Madagascar with the BNNS
more info

Saturday, 16th September 2017 - Saturday, 16th September 2017

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Drawing and Pen WorkshopDrawing and Pen Workshop with Madelaine Devenay.
more info

Thursday, 24th August 2017 - Thursday, 24th August 2017

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Minibeast SafariMinibeast Safari
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Saturday, 26th August 2017 - Saturday, 26th August 2017

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Willow WeavingWillow Weaving workshop.
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