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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 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    620
  • Very Good
    285
  • Average
    40
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • Tony36
    Crowborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A must do if you are in Swanage
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 20th July 2018
    If you are fit and well, it's a glorious walk up from by the Pier. Every year we used to take our school journey groups up there in our younger days. They loved it all. Now long retired we take a... Read full review
  • Dianne N
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Walk around Durlston park
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 19th July 2018
    A wonderful place to visit close to Swanage. Great hiking , staff very helpful, coffee and scone excellent Read full review
  • Colin F
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Start of the Jurassic Coast
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th July 2018
    The country park covers the start of the Jurassic Coast - you can see Old Harry Rocks from the cafe and then walk along the coast path. The refurbished castle is a great place to stop and take in the... 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

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)

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Tuesday, 7th August 2018 - Tuesday, 7th August 2018

Tuesday, 4th September 2018 - Tuesday, 4th September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Castle TourCastle Tour
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Thursday, 2nd August 2018 - Thursday, 2nd August 2018

Thursday, 6th September 2018 - Thursday, 6th September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: PramblePramble: Pram-Friendly Walk
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Sunday, 12th August 2018 - Sunday, 12th August 2018

Friday, 17th August 2018 - Friday, 17th August 2018

Friday, 31st August 2018 - Friday, 31st August 2018

Sunday, 16th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 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.
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Thursday, 26th July 2018 - Sunday, 2nd September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Fairy and Elf TrailFairy and Elf Trail
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Friday, 17th August 2018 - Friday, 17th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Tales from the Trees-Squashbox TheatreTales from the Trees-Squashbox Theatre
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Monday, 20th August 2018 - Monday, 20th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park:'Jurassic Coast':Exhibition of Printmaking'Jurassic Coast':Exhibition of Printmaking
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Tuesday, 31st July 2018 - Tuesday, 31st July 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Musical MadnessMusical Madness
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Sunday, 16th September 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Victorian Durlston WalkVictorian Durlston Walk
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Saturday, 1st September 2018 - Saturday, 1st September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Fossil ArtFossil Art
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Wednesday, 1st August 2018 - Thursday, 16th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Contemporary Engraved Glass ExhibitionContemporary Engraved Glass Exhibition
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Tuesday, 7th August 2018 - Tuesday, 7th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Dinosaur Dig & Discover!Dinosaur Dig & Discover!
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Friday, 24th August 2018 - Friday, 24th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Teddy Bears' PicnicTeddy Bears' Picnic
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Saturday, 1st September 2018 - Saturday, 1st September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park:Kids' Classical Music ConcertKids' Classical Music Concert
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Monday, 17th September 2018 - Wednesday, 3rd October 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park:‘Everything Seemed to be Listening’ Exhibition‘Everything Seemed to be Listening’ Exhibition
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Sunday, 29th July 2018 - Sunday, 29th July 2018

Sunday, 26th August 2018 - Sunday, 26th August 2018

Sunday, 30th September 2018 - Sunday, 30th September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography WalkWildlife & Photography Walk:Purbeck Footprints
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Saturday, 4th August 2018 - Saturday, 4th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Seed Bombs & Bird Feeders Seed Bombs & Bird Feeders
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Saturday, 15th September 2018 - Saturday, 15th September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: 'Backroads Through Middle England' Author Talk'Backroads Through Middle England' Author Talk
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Saturday, 7th July 2018 - Tuesday, 7th August 2018

Saturday, 4th August 2018 - Saturday, 4th August 2018

Saturday, 1st September 2018 - Saturday, 1st September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Nordic Walking Taster SessionNordic Walking Taster Session
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Sunday, 5th August 2018 - Sunday, 5th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Poetry DayPoetry Day
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Saturday, 28th July 2018 - Saturday, 28th July 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Cave Art with John HouseCave Art with John House
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Wednesday, 25th July 2018 - Wednesday, 25th July 2018

Saturday, 28th July 2018 - Saturday, 28th July 2018

Saturday, 4th August 2018 - Saturday, 4th August 2018

Saturday, 11th August 2018 - Saturday, 11th August 2018

Saturday, 18th August 2018 - Saturday, 18th August 2018

Saturday, 25th August 2018 - Saturday, 25th August 2018

Saturday, 1st September 2018 - Saturday, 1st September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Meet a Moth Meet a Moth!
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Saturday, 28th July 2018 - Saturday, 28th July 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Mindfulness WalkMindfulness Walk
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Wednesday, 1st August 2018 - Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Wednesday, 8th August 2018 - Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Wednesday, 15th August 2018 - Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018 - Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

Wednesday, 29th August 2018 - Wednesday, 29th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild WednesdaysWild Wednesdays
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Friday, 10th August 2018 - Friday, 10th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Spy DaySpy Day
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Sunday, 23rd September 2018 - Sunday, 23rd September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park:Early Migrants Bird Walk.Early Migrants Bird Walk.
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Sunday, 9th September 2018 - Sunday, 9th September 2018

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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Saturday, 8th September 2018 - Saturday, 8th September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston DashDurlston Dash
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Friday, 3rd August 2018 - Friday, 3rd August 2018

Friday, 7th September 2018 - Friday, 7th September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Gentle StrollGentle Stroll
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Sunday, 19th August 2018 - Sunday, 19th August 2018

Thursday, 30th August 2018 - Thursday, 30th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Mixed Media WorkshopMixed Media Workshop
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Friday, 14th September 2018 - Monday, 17th September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: NWUK Festival EventsNordic Walking UK Festival Events
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Monday, 30th July 2018 - Monday, 30th July 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Bushcraft BootcampBushcraft Bootcamp
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Friday, 27th July 2018 - Friday, 27th July 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Glow-worm WalkGlow-worm Walk
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Saturday, 25th August 2018 - Saturday, 25th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Beetles and Insects: Art WorkshopBeetles and Insects: Art Workshop
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Tuesday, 14th August 2018 - Tuesday, 14th August 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Bottle RocketsBottle Rockets
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Saturday, 25th August 2018 - Saturday, 25th August 2018

Saturday, 15th September 2018 - Saturday, 15th September 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Glass Engraving WorkshopGlass Engraving Workshop
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Sunday, 1st July 2018 - Sunday, 22nd July 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park:4 in Focus Exhibition4 in Focus Exhibition
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Saturday, 15th September 2018 - Saturday, 15th September 2018

Purbeck Literary Festival logoEvents at Durlston Country Park: Wild Lies and Spies –Stalins Englishman - the Lies of Guy Burgess‘Back Roads through Middle England’: Author Talk
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Saturday, 18th August 2018 - Saturday, 18th August 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Dog DayDurlston Dog Day!
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Sunday, 26th August 2018 - Sunday, 26th August 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: 'Wire and Paper Seabirds' Art Workshop'Wire and Paper Seabirds' Art Workshop
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Tuesday, 21st August 2018 - Tuesday, 21st August 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park:Bugs, Beetles and BeastsBugs, Beetles and Beasts
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Sunday, 19th August 2018 - Sunday, 19th August 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Life in the Grass WalkLife in the Grass Walk
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Tuesday, 28th August 2018 - Tuesday, 28th August 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Let's Go Fly a KiteLet's Go Fly a Kite Weaving in the Woodland!
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Sunday, 29th July 2018 - Sunday, 29th July 2018

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Friday, 17th August 2018 - Friday, 17th August 2018

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