Durlston Castle and Country Park, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise and National Nature Reserve, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland.
With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology, fascinating wildlife and renovated Durlston Castle, there is always something different to see and do.
Durlston is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which runs from Exmouth in the west to Old Harry Rocks at Ballard Down. We are also designated as Heritage Coast, Special Area of Conservation, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Nature Reserve. Our offshore waters are part of the Marine Research Area.
A wonderful renovation of the Victorian Castle, fully accessible with a timeline from the car park, daily and monthly wildlife, geology, live camera images and regularly changing Exhibitions and Art in our gallery. Also home to Seventhwave Cafe & Restaurant and our shop (selling books, souvenirs and locally made gifts and jewellery). Come and spend the day here. Open every day (except 25 December).
A variety of events and exhibitions take place throughout the year. Visit our website for details.
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- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good238
- Paul Robert Joh... SPorchesTrip Type:FamilyBeautiful, hidden gemSaturday, 22nd April 2017We were wanting somewhere to visit that didn't cost the earth with 2 kids. After some research came across this gem. £4 for 4 hrs or £5 for the day Stunning views and short walks (buggy friendly but... Read full review
- Kay848Southampton, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyBeautiful place to visitWednesday, 19th April 2017We only decided on the 'off chance' to visit Durlston as we were staying close by in Swanage but we were so glad we did! It is a beautiful park centred by a castle which is now houses a small... Read full review
- Dave LHedge End, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesVaried place to visitMonday, 17th April 2017We walked the coastal route from Swanage so were glad of a place to sit down and have lunch. The Dorset cider was great. We were there during the Easter break so it was very crowded. Read full review
Map & 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.
- Free Entry
- Groups Accepted
- In countryside
- Indoor Attraction - Castle, Visitor Centre and Art Gallery.
- Outdoor Attraction
- Smoking Some Areas
- 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
- Picnic Site
- 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
- Dogs Accepted - on lead
- Open all year
- 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.
|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)
ACCESS TO PUBLIC AREAS (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)
CAFETERIA / RESTAURANT
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.