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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 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    599
  • Very Good
    278
  • Average
    40
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • binkyb00
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Nice views, good food in the restaurant, great walks
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 15th May 2018
    This is an interesting place to visit. The restaurant is great, magnificent views and welcoming staff and guides. We went on their stargazing experience and it was brilliant. At first an interesting... Read full review
  • Beemalux
    Newbury, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great views
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 9th May 2018
    We visited the park over the bank holiday weekend, as the weather was so good we had the most fantastic views of the surrounding area. The parking is nearby and the access is good, we walked along to... Read full review
  • KP11347
    Haslemere, United Kingdom
    Lovely park with a super cafe.
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 6th May 2018
    We spent a couple of hours wandering the paths at the Country Park. There are some great views. We also enjoyed a very tasty lunch in the cafe. 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

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

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

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

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route - the number 5 bus runs from May until September.
  • Parking (charge) - large car park. 2 spaces available for coaches

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • JCB accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • 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

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, 5th June 2018 - Tuesday, 5th June 2018

Tuesday, 3rd July 2018 - Tuesday, 3rd July 2018

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, 7th June 2018 - Thursday, 7th June 2018

Thursday, 5th July 2018 - Thursday, 5th July 2018

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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Friday, 25th May 2018 - Monday, 4th June 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Deadly Dinosaurs & Funky FossilsDeadly Dinosaurs & Funky Fossils
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Saturday, 23rd June 2018 - Saturday, 23rd June 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Outdoor Theatre: ‘Oberon’s Cure’ - Rude Mechanical Theatre CompanyOutdoor Theatre: ‘Oberon’s Cure’ - Rude Mechanical Theatre Company
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Sunday, 15th April 2018 - Thursday, 28th June 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: ‘Natural Space’: Exhibition by Poole Printmakers‘Natural Space’: Exhibition by Poole Printmakers
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Friday, 25th May 2018 - Friday, 25th May 2018

Friday, 1st June 2018 - Friday, 1st June 2018

Friday, 15th June 2018 - Friday, 15th June 2018

Friday, 22nd June 2018 - Friday, 22nd June 2018

Friday, 29th June 2018 - Friday, 29th June 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Seabird Boat TripSeabird Boat Trip
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Sunday, 27th May 2018 - Sunday, 27th May 2018

Sunday, 24th June 2018 - Sunday, 24th June 2018

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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Thursday, 24th May 2018 - Thursday, 24th May 2018

Saturday, 2nd June 2018 - Saturday, 2nd June 2018

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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Saturday, 26th May 2018 - Sunday, 10th June 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: ‘Coast Paths’: Dorset Art Week Exhibition‘Coast Paths’: Dorset Art Week Exhibition
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Sunday, 27th May 2018 - Sunday, 27th May 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: ‘Orchids and Ox-eyes’ Walk‘Orchids and Ox-eyes’ Walk
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Saturday, 9th June 2018 - Saturday, 9th June 2018

Saturday, 23rd June 2018 - Saturday, 23rd June 2018

Saturday, 7th July 2018 - Saturday, 7th July 2018

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, 30th May 2018 - Wednesday, 30th May 2018

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

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild WednesdaysWild Wednesdays
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Thursday, 31st May 2018 - Thursday, 31st May 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Micro-LifeMicro-Life
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Sunday, 20th May 2018 - Sunday, 20th May 2018

Sunday, 10th June 2018 - Sunday, 10th June 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: 'Life on the Edge' Seabirds of Durlston Walk‘Life on the Edge’ Seabirds of Durlston Walk
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Monday, 21st May 2018 - Monday, 21st May 2018

Monday, 4th June 2018 - Monday, 4th June 2018

Monday, 18th June 2018 - Monday, 18th June 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Clifftop TourClifftop Tour
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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 - Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

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

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston DashDurlston Dash
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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 - Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Friday, 1st June 2018 - Friday, 1st June 2018

Friday, 6th July 2018 - Friday, 6th July 2018

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, 15th July 2018 - Sunday, 15th July 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Local Vocals, Outdoor ChoirLocal Vocals
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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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Sunday, 17th June 2018 - Sunday, 17th June 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Midsummer Meadows WalkMidsummer Meadows Walk
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Sunday, 3rd June 2018 - Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild Art and Play DayWild Art and Play Day
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Sunday, 27th May 2018 - Sunday, 27th May 2018

Sunday, 17th June 2018 - Sunday, 17th June 2018

Sunday, 15th July 2018 - Sunday, 15th July 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Flower Walks with Ted PrattFlower Walks with Ted Pratt
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Tuesday, 19th June 2018 - Tuesday, 19th June 2018

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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Sunday, 10th June 2018 - Sunday, 10th June 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Join Artist Nick HolmesJoin Artist Nick Holmes
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Saturday, 2nd June 2018 - Saturday, 2nd June 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Maybe Meet a MammalMaybe Meet a Mammal
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Monday, 28th May 2018 - Monday, 28th May 2018

Sunday, 8th July 2018 - Sunday, 8th July 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Wild Walks with a RangerWild Walks with a Ranger
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Tuesday, 29th May 2018 - Tuesday, 29th May 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Weaving in the Woodland Weaving in the Woodland!
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Saturday, 16th June 2018 - Saturday, 16th June 2018

Sunday, 29th July 2018 - Sunday, 29th July 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Drawing and Pen WorkshopDrawing and Pen Workshop
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Friday, 17th August 2018 - Friday, 17th August 2018

Squashbox Theatre: Tales from the TreesMeet Craig, the friendly Forest Ranger and resident tree expert. It's his job to make sure the woods are a peaceful and happy place, but he's having a tough time of it today! A cheeky squirrel has stolen his chocolate covered nutty snack bar, his niece 'Little Red' has wandered off the path on her...
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Friday, 17th August 2018 - Friday, 17th August 2018

Squashbox Theatre: Post-show Woodland Puppet WorkshopPost-show Woodland Puppet Workshop - 4:15pm Places £5 Create moving card puppets of sea creatures, piskies and faeries, dinosaurs and cavemen. This workshop develops design skills, use of different tools and materials, thinking about shapes, space, pattern and textures, ideas about light, shadow,...
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