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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
    568
  • Very Good
    265
  • Average
    39
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • NickH_NickH
    Englefield Green, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    More to see that it would first seem
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 11th October 2017
    We arrived at Durlston Park as a group of friends with children. The first thing we did was take a walk along the coastal path out West towards the lighthouse. The views were breathtaking and there... Read full review
  • John B
    Torremolinos, Spain
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Don't miss The Rock
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 10th October 2017
    The views from the coastal footpath are stunning but do not miss The Rock in the exhibition centre it's a beginners guide to fossils found in the area and those found in a large slab of Portland... Read full review
  • Rufus237
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Great place for a coastal walk
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 2nd October 2017
    Dramatic coastal walk on cliffs high above the Dorset coastline. Would definitely recommend a visit. 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 January 2017 - 31 December 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)

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Tuesday, 5th December 2017 - Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Tuesday, 16th January 2018 - Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Tuesday, 30th January 2018 - Tuesday, 30th January 2018

Tuesday, 13th February 2018 - Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Tuesday, 27th February 2018 - Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Tuesday, 13th March 2018 - Tuesday, 13th March 2018

Tuesday, 10th April 2018 - Tuesday, 10th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Castle TourA half hour tour of Durlston Castle. Donations welcome.
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Friday, 27th October 2017 - Friday, 27th October 2017

Friday, 17th November 2017 - Friday, 17th November 2017

Saturday, 25th November 2017 - Saturday, 25th November 2017

Thursday, 14th December 2017 - Thursday, 14th December 2017

Friday, 26th January 2018 - Friday, 26th January 2018

Saturday, 24th February 2018 - Saturday, 24th February 2018

Saturday, 24th March 2018 - Saturday, 24th March 2018

Saturday, 7th April 2018 - Saturday, 7th April 2018

Friday, 20th April 2018 - Friday, 20th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Stargazing Stargazing at Durlston
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Saturday, 16th December 2017 - Monday, 1st January 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston's Christmas TrailChristmas Trail
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Tuesday, 6th March 2018 - Wednesday, 21st March 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck: Up Close & Personal ExhibitionPurbeck: Up Close & Personal Exhibition
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Sunday, 25th March 2018 - Sunday, 25th March 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Castle Spring Wedding FairDurlston Castle Spring Wedding Fair
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Tuesday, 21st November 2017 - Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park:Victorian Durlston ExhibitionVictorian Durlston Exhibition
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Tuesday, 24th October 2017 - Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Bushcraft BootcampBushcraft Bootcamp
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Thursday, 26th October 2017 - Thursday, 26th October 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Delinquent Dinosaurs and Fantastic FossilsDelinquent Dinosaurs and Fantastic Fossils
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Sunday, 29th October 2017 - Sunday, 29th October 2017

Sunday, 28th January 2018 - Sunday, 28th January 2018

Sunday, 25th February 2018 - Sunday, 25th February 2018

Sunday, 25th March 2018 - Sunday, 25th March 2018

Sunday, 29th April 2018 - Sunday, 29th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography WalkPurbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography Walk
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Saturday, 21st October 2017 - Saturday, 21st October 2017

Saturday, 20th January 2018 - Saturday, 20th January 2018

Saturday, 3rd February 2018 - Saturday, 3rd February 2018

Saturday, 14th April 2018 - Saturday, 14th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Nordic Walking TasterNordic Walking Taster
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Friday, 30th March 2018 - Sunday, 15th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: ‘Landing Among the Stars’: Exhibition of Night-time Photography‘Landing Among the Stars’: Exhibition of Night-time Photography
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Sunday, 21st January 2018 - Sunday, 21st January 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Rocks! Geology WalkDurlston Rocks! Geology Walk
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Sunday, 8th April 2018 - Sunday, 8th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Mindfulness WalkMindfulness Walk
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Wednesday, 25th October 2017 - Wednesday, 25th October 2017

Wednesday, 20th December 2017 - Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Wednesday, 27th December 2017 - Wednesday, 27th December 2017

Wednesday, 14th February 2018 - Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Wednesday, 11th April 2018 - Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild WednesdaysWild Wednesdays
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Wednesday, 25th April 2018 - Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Clifftop TourClifftop Tour
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Sunday, 22nd October 2017 - Sunday, 22nd October 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Film Festival: 'The Good Lie' 12APurbeck Film Festival: 'The Good Lie' 12A
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Saturday, 16th December 2017 - Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park Durlston and the Sea ExhibitionDurlston and the Sea
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Saturday, 9th December 2017 - Saturday, 9th December 2017

Saturday, 17th March 2018 - Saturday, 17th March 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park:Durlston DashDurlston Dash
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Tuesday, 9th January 2018 - Tuesday, 9th January 2018

Tuesday, 27th March 2018 - Tuesday, 27th March 2018

Saturday, 28th April 2018 - Saturday, 28th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Dementia Friendly StrollDementia Friendly Stroll
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Thursday, 19th October 2017 - Thursday, 19th October 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Film Festival Film: 'Mulholland Drive'Purbeck Film Festival Film: ‘Mulholland Drive’ (15)
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Tuesday, 24th October 2017 - Tuesday, 24th October 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Film Festival Film: ‘Mindhorn’ (15)Purbeck Film Festival Film: ‘Mindhorn’ (15)
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Thursday, 26th October 2017 - Thursday, 26th October 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Film Festival Film: ‘Like Father Like SonPurbeck Film Festival Film: ‘Like Father Like Son
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Sunday, 19th November 2017 - Sunday, 19th November 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park:Live Jazz: FB Pocket OrchestraLive Jazz: FB Pocket Orchestra
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Monday, 23rd October 2017 - Monday, 23rd October 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Puppet Making and Animation WorkshopPuppet Making and Animation Workshop
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Sunday, 29th October 2017 - Sunday, 29th October 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park:South West Coast Path ChallengeSouth West Coast Path Challenge
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Sunday, 3rd December 2017 - Sunday, 3rd December 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Victorian Durlston WalkVictorian Durlston Walk
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Sunday, 4th February 2018 - Sunday, 4th February 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Past, Present and Future WalkDurlston Past, Present and Future Walk
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Thursday, 5th April 2018 - Thursday, 5th April 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Bottle RocketsBottle Rockets
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Saturday, 2nd December 2017 - Saturday, 2nd December 2017

Saturday, 16th December 2017 - Saturday, 16th December 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Glass Engraving WorkshopGlass Engraving Workshop
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Wednesday, 1st November 2017 - Saturday, 18th November 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: The Miracle of Migration ExhibitionThe Miracle of Migration Exhibition
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Saturday, 3rd February 2018 - Saturday, 3rd March 2018

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Past ExhibitionDurlston Past Exhibition
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Sunday, 10th December 2017 - Sunday, 10th December 2017

Saturday, 31st March 2018 - Saturday, 31st March 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Drawing and Pen WorkshopDrawing and Pen Workshop
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Saturday, 7th April 2018 - Saturday, 7th April 2018

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Willow WeavingDrop-in Willow Weaving
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Saturday, 28th October 2017 - Saturday, 28th October 2017

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Stop Frame Animation WorkshopStop Frame Animation Workshop
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Sunday, 29th October 2017 - Sunday, 29th October 2017

South West Coast Path ChallengeSouth West Coast Path Challenge - Swanage 10 Mile Guided HikeJoin the South West Coast Path Association for an exciting guided hike along the final part of this iconic national trail, as they round off the month-long South West Coast Path Challenge in October. Registration: 9.00am, Shell Bay National Trust Car Park, Ferry slipway, Ferry Road, Studland,...
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Thursday, 19th October 2017 - Thursday, 19th October 2017

Purbeck Film Festival: Theatre of the Wandering West by Cabinet of Living CinemaCome along to an evening of film, music and dancing with the Purbeck Film Festival and Cabinet of Living Cinema. Following the sell out performance at last year's festival, Cabinet of Living Cinema return with another live music performance, accompanying animation and film. The Theatre of the...
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