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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

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    478
  • Very Good
    234
  • Average
    37
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • forensics2014
    Grantham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Wonderful walk - no dolphins, though!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th March 2017
    A last-minute decision to walk to Durlston, where dolphins have often been spotted, was well rewarded by stunning views out to sea although devoid of dolphins, unfortunately! The walk is quite steep... Read full review
  • Pear13
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Perfectly relaxing
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th March 2017
    Parking was easy and only £2 all day in March. We took the coast walk and were not disappointed. Uneven underfoot but spectacular views. Walked to the lighthouse and back. The cafe is dog-friendly as... Read full review
  • Nick C
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Well worth the trek from Swanage
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 13th March 2017
    Walked here from Peverill Poiint in Swanage, although we could have driven up and parked in their ample car parks. It was well worth the trek though with amazing views across Swanage Bay to start... 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, 6th April 2017 - Thursday, 6th April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Castle TourA half hour tour of Durlston Castle. Donations welcome.
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Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Saturday, 1st April 2017

Friday, 14th April 2017 - Friday, 14th April 2017

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

Events at Durlston Country Park: Stargazing
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Sunday, 2nd April 2017 - Sunday, 2nd April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Monthly Bird WalkBird Walk
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Wednesday, 12th April 2017 - Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Wednesday, 19th April 2017 - Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild Wednesdays at Durlston!
more info

Saturday, 1st April 2017 - Saturday, 1st April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park:Nature's HarvestNature's Harvest
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Sunday, 9th April 2017 - Sunday, 9th April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography WalkPurbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography Walk
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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

Thursday, 20th April 2017 - Thursday, 20th April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Delinquent Dinosaurs and Fantastic Fossils.Delinquent Dinosaurs and fantastic fossils.
more info

Sunday, 23rd April 2017 - Sunday, 23rd April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Early Spider Orchids and Other Spring FlowersOrchids and Ox-eyes
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Thursday, 13th April 2017 - Thursday, 13th April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Bird FeedersPlant Pots for Pollinators': Family Event
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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
more info

Tuesday, 11th April 2017 - Tuesday, 11th April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Walk and Draw NaturallyWalk and Draw Naturally.
more info

Sunday, 26th March 2017 - Sunday, 26th March 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: 'The Spring is Sprung': Spring Wildlife at Durlston.Spring is Sprung': Spring Wildlife at Durlston.
more info

Thursday, 16th March 2017 - Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: The Miracle of Migration ExhibitionThe Miracle of Migration Exhibition
more info

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

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

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