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Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Type:Country Park/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 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    654
  • Very Good
    304
  • Average
    41
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • Sue D
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great place for coastal walks
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd March 2019
    We have visited in previous years this time the facilities had improved. The coastal paths are all natural so comfortable walking shoes are a must. The addition of the cafe and shop were a bonus... Read full review
  • elizabethlV6977MN
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Great attraction to explore
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 5th March 2019
    We walked here along the coastal route from Swanage. it was a grey drizzly day but still wonderful. The views along the coast as we walked were amazing. The castle and museum were well done. The... Read full review
  • peterandjenny282
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Well worth a visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 6th March 2019
    There is a great deal to see, some enthusiastic members of staff at the reception however this doesn’t seem to totally pass to the catering section, the food that we had was fine but some staff... 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

2019 Opening (1 January 2019 - 31 December 2019)

* Castle & Visitor Centre Opening Times: April to 31 October - 10:00 to 17:00 and November to 31 March - 10:30 to 16:00 (except Christmas Day).
The Park is open all year.

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Wednesday, 24th April 2019 - Wednesday, 24th April 2019

Tuesday, 14th May 2019 - Tuesday, 14th May 2019

Tuesday, 11th June 2019 - Tuesday, 11th June 2019

Tuesday, 16th July 2019 - Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Tuesday, 13th August 2019 - Tuesday, 13th August 2019

Tuesday, 17th September 2019 - Tuesday, 17th September 2019

Monday, 23rd September 2019 - Monday, 23rd September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Castle TourCastle Tour
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019 - Tuesday, 9th April 2019

Saturday, 13th April 2019 - Saturday, 13th April 2019

Saturday, 27th April 2019 - Saturday, 27th April 2019

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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Friday, 5th April 2019 - Tuesday, 23rd April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Easter Trail: Wildlife SuperheroesEaster Trail: Wildlife Superheroes
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Monday, 6th May 2019 - Monday, 6th May 2019

Monday, 3rd June 2019 - Monday, 3rd June 2019

Monday, 1st July 2019 - Monday, 1st July 2019

Durlston Castle and Great Globe at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Clifftop TourClifftop Tour
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Sunday, 31st March 2019 - Sunday, 31st March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Castle Wedding FairDurlston Castle Wedding Fair
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Thursday, 11th April 2019 - Thursday, 11th April 2019

Thursday, 30th May 2019 - Thursday, 30th May 2019

Thursday, 11th July 2019 - Thursday, 11th July 2019

Thursday, 22nd August 2019 - Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Thursday, 26th September 2019 - Thursday, 26th September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Welcome to the Pleasure Grounds! Guided TourWelcome to the Pleasure Grounds! Guided Tour
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Tuesday, 16th April 2019 - Tuesday, 16th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Dinosaurs at DurlstonDinosaurs at Durlston
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Thursday, 2nd May 2019 - Thursday, 2nd May 2019

Thursday, 6th June 2019 - Thursday, 6th June 2019

Thursday, 4th July 2019 - Thursday, 4th July 2019

Thursday, 5th September 2019 - Thursday, 5th September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: PramblePramble
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Friday, 22nd March 2019 - Friday, 22nd March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Live Music with The Wareham WhalersLive Music with The Wareham Whalers
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Friday, 17th May 2019 - Friday, 17th May 2019

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Friday, 14th June 2019 - Friday, 14th June 2019

Friday, 21st June 2019 - Friday, 21st June 2019

Friday, 28th June 2019 - Friday, 28th June 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Seabird Boat TripSeabird Boat Trip
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Sunday, 31st March 2019 - Sunday, 31st March 2019

Sunday, 28th April 2019 - Sunday, 28th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography WalkWildlife & Photography Walk:Purbeck Footprints
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Saturday, 6th April 2019 - Saturday, 6th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Nordic Walking Taster SessionNordic Walking Taster Session
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Wednesday, 16th January 2019 - Sunday, 24th March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Miracle of Migration ExhibitionMiracle of Migration Exhibition
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Thursday, 4th April 2019 - Sunday, 21st April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Litter Free Coast and Sea Exhibition - Clean Seas WeeksLitter Free Coast and Sea Exhibition - Clean Seas Weeks
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Sunday, 28th April 2019 - Sunday, 28th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Early Spider Orchids and Other Spring FlowersEarly Spider Orchids and Other Spring Flowers
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Saturday, 4th May 2019 - Saturday, 4th May 2019

Saturday, 18th May 2019 - Saturday, 18th May 2019

Saturday, 8th June 2019 - Saturday, 8th June 2019

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Saturday, 17th August 2019 - Saturday, 17th August 2019

Saturday, 24th August 2019 - Saturday, 24th August 2019

Saturday, 31st August 2019 - Saturday, 31st August 2019

Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Meet a Moth Meet a Moth!
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Monday, 22nd July 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Ocean Wonders Children's TrailOcean Wonders Children's Trail
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Wednesday, 10th April 2019 - Wednesday, 10th April 2019

Wednesday, 17th April 2019 - Wednesday, 17th April 2019

Wednesday, 29th May 2019 - Wednesday, 29th May 2019

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Wednesday, 31st July 2019 - Wednesday, 31st July 2019

Wednesday, 7th August 2019 - Wednesday, 7th August 2019

Wednesday, 14th August 2019 - Wednesday, 14th August 2019

Wednesday, 21st August 2019 - Wednesday, 21st August 2019

Wednesday, 28th August 2019 - Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild WednesdaysWild Wednesdays
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Saturday, 20th April 2019 - Saturday, 20th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Great Dorset Beach CleanGreat Dorset Beach Clean
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

Tuesday, 6th August 2019 - Tuesday, 6th August 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Victorian WalkVictorian Walk
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Sunday, 14th April 2019 - Sunday, 14th April 2019

Sunday, 5th May 2019 - Sunday, 5th May 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Life on the Edge: Seabird WalkLife on the Edge: Seabird Walk
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Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Sunday, 9th June 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Heather Gibbons-Drawn to the Edge with Brushes of Colour ExhibitionHeather Gibbons-Drawn to the Edge with Brushes of Colour Exhibition
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Friday, 12th April 2019 - Friday, 12th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Easter ChaseEaster Chase
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Wednesday, 27th March 2019 - Wednesday, 27th March 2019

Friday, 10th May 2019 - Friday, 10th May 2019

Friday, 7th June 2019 - Friday, 7th June 2019

Friday, 5th July 2019 - Friday, 5th July 2019

Friday, 2nd August 2019 - Friday, 2nd August 2019

Friday, 6th September 2019 - Friday, 6th September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Gentle StrollGentle Stroll
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

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Sunday, 11th August 2019 - Sunday, 11th August 2019

Sunday, 18th August 2019 - Sunday, 18th August 2019

Sunday, 25th August 2019 - Sunday, 25th August 2019

Sunday, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Park YogaStop Frame Animation Halloween Workshop with Richard Haynes
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Sunday, 7th April 2019 - Sunday, 7th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: The Spring Has Sprung - Spring WildlifeThe Spring Has Sprung - Spring Wildlife
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Sunday, 24th March 2019 - Sunday, 24th March 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wildlife WanderWildlife Wander
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Monday, 8th April 2019 - Monday, 8th April 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Beachcombing CraftsBeachcombing Crafts
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Saturday, 13th April 2019 - Saturday, 13th April 2019

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Sunday, 23rd June 2019 - Sunday, 23rd June 2019

Thursday, 18th July 2019 - Thursday, 18th July 2019

Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Saturday, 14th September 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park:Park to Pier Walk: History and WildlifePark to Pier Walk: History and Wildlife
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Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Saturday, 25th May 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Introduction to OrienteeringIntroduction to Orienteering
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Saturday, 11th May 2019 - Saturday, 11th May 2019

Sunday, 23rd June 2019 - Sunday, 23rd June 2019

Sunday, 14th July 2019 - Sunday, 14th July 2019

Events at Durlston Country Park: Glass Engraving WorkshopGlass Engraving
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Events at Durlston Country Park: Jurassic Coast and Other Rocks Exhibition‘Jurassic Coast and Other Rocks’: Exhibition
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

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Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Art Workshop: Drawing in Pen and PencilArt Workshop: Drawing in Pen and Pencil
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Friday, 12th April 2019 - Friday, 12th April 2019

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project LaunchDurlston Pleasure Grounds Project Launch
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Tuesday, 9th April 2019 - Tuesday, 9th April 2019

Thursday, 15th August 2019 - Thursday, 15th August 2019

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park:Bottle RocketsBottle Rockets
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Saturday, 30th March 2019 - Sunday, 7th April 2019

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