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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
    519
  • Very Good
    248
  • Average
    37
  • Poor
    11
  • Terrible
    8

Recent Reviews:

  • John R
    Reading, England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    loved this place
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 22nd June 2017
    stumbled across this little gem accidentally it is not well advertised I don't think? we spent several hours here looking around and walking along the coastal path, House/castle restoration has been... Read full review
  • Fut22
    Frome, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Picnic lunch
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th June 2017
    Great place for a stop and fuel we brought our own food and enjoyed the wonderful view Very quiet and peaceful place real sun trap on a hot day so bring plenty of water Read full review
  • Tom J
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    One of the gems of Purbeck
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th June 2017
    An excellent Country Park with exceptional permanent and volunteer staff Acres of land to explore, as well as the castle itself 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 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)

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Thursday, 6th July 2017 - Thursday, 6th July 2017

Thursday, 3rd August 2017 - Thursday, 3rd August 2017

Thursday, 7th September 2017 - Thursday, 7th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Castle TourA half hour tour of Durlston Castle. Donations welcome.
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Sunday, 9th July 2017 - Sunday, 9th July 2017

Sunday, 24th September 2017 - Sunday, 24th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Victorian Durlston Walk Victorian Durlston Walk
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Saturday, 12th August 2017 - Saturday, 12th August 2017

Friday, 25th August 2017 - Friday, 25th August 2017

Friday, 29th September 2017 - Friday, 29th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Stargazing
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Friday, 21st July 2017 - Sunday, 3rd September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston's Dino TrailDurlston's Dino Trail
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Sunday, 3rd September 2017 - Sunday, 3rd September 2017

Sunday, 24th September 2017 - Sunday, 24th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Bird WalkBird Walk
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Friday, 11th August 2017 - Monday, 28th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: 'SOUP' Exhibition by Mandy Barker'SOUP' Exhibition by Mandy Barker
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Thursday, 31st August 2017 - Thursday, 31st August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: 'Let's Go Fly a Kite''Let's Go Fly a Kite'
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Tuesday, 27th June 2017 - Tuesday, 27th June 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Pramble: Buggy-Friendly Walk.Durlston Pramble: Buggy-Friendly Walk
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Tuesday, 18th July 2017 - Tuesday, 8th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wildlife Landscapes ExhibitionWildlife Landscapes Exhibition
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Friday, 30th June 2017 - Friday, 30th June 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Seabird Boat Trip
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Sunday, 23rd July 2017 - Sunday, 23rd July 2017

Sunday, 27th August 2017 - Sunday, 27th August 2017

Sunday, 17th September 2017 - Sunday, 17th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Purbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography WalkPurbeck Footprints Wildlife Photography Walk
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Monday, 26th June 2017 - Monday, 26th June 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Helen Muspratt, Photographer Talk.Helen Muspratt, Photographer Talk.
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Tuesday, 1st August 2017 - Wednesday, 16th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: 'All Things Wildlife''All Things Wildlife'
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Tuesday, 20th June 2017 - Tuesday, 11th July 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Helen Muspratt Photography Exhibition Helen Muspratt Photography Exhibition
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Tuesday, 25th July 2017 - Tuesday, 25th July 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Fossil Art with John HouseFossil Art with John House
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Sunday, 23rd July 2017 - Sunday, 23rd July 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wildflower WalksWildflower Walks with Ted Pratt
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Saturday, 1st July 2017 - Saturday, 1st July 2017

Saturday, 22nd July 2017 - Saturday, 22nd July 2017

Saturday, 29th July 2017 - Saturday, 29th July 2017

Saturday, 5th August 2017 - Saturday, 5th August 2017

Saturday, 12th August 2017 - Saturday, 12th August 2017

Saturday, 19th August 2017 - Saturday, 19th August 2017

Saturday, 26th August 2017 - Saturday, 26th August 2017

Saturday, 9th September 2017 - Saturday, 9th September 2017

Saturday, 30th September 2017 - Saturday, 30th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Meet a Moth
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Sunday, 16th July 2017 - Sunday, 16th July 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Mindfulness WalkMindfulness Walk
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Wednesday, 26th July 2017 - Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017 - Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Wednesday, 9th August 2017 - Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Wednesday, 16th August 2017 - Wednesday, 16th August 2017

Wednesday, 23rd August 2017 - Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

Wednesday, 30th August 2017 - Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Wild WednesdaysWild Wednesdays
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Thursday, 10th August 2017 - Thursday, 10th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Brilliant Bird FeedersBrilliant Bird Feeders
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Friday, 7th July 2017 - Friday, 7th July 2017

Saturday, 5th August 2017 - Saturday, 5th August 2017

Friday, 1st September 2017 - Friday, 1st September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park:Nordic Walking Taster Session Nordic Walking Taster Session
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Sunday, 2nd July 2017 - Sunday, 2nd July 2017

Saturday, 5th August 2017 - Saturday, 5th August 2017

Saturday, 2nd September 2017 - Saturday, 2nd September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Dementia Friendly StrollDementia Friendly Stroll
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Friday, 1st September 2017 - Friday, 1st September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Barn Dance with ‘Maiden Oak’Barn Dance with ‘Maiden Oak’
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Saturday, 2nd September 2017 - Saturday, 2nd September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Chamber MusicChamber Music
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Thursday, 3rd August 2017 - Thursday, 3rd August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Den BuildingDen Building
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Thursday, 17th August 2017 - Thursday, 17th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Beautiful Butterfly GardensBeautiful Butterfly Gardens
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Sunday, 16th July 2017 - Sunday, 16th July 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Local Vocals Enjoy an acapella choir performing an eclectic mixture of favourite songs in the amphitheatre with Local Vocals
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Friday, 28th July 2017 - Friday, 28th July 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Glow-worm Walk Stars in the Grass: Glow-worm Walk
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Tuesday, 29th August 2017 - Tuesday, 29th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park:Orienteering for BeginnersOrienteering for Beginners
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Sunday, 6th August 2017 - Sunday, 6th August 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Flower WalkStroll Around Durlston
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Sunday, 30th July 2017 - Sunday, 30th July 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Past and Present WalkDurlston Past and Present Walk
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Monday, 31st July 2017 - Monday, 31st July 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Bottle RocketsBottle Rockets
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Saturday, 8th July 2017 - Saturday, 8th July 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Glass Engraving for BeginnersGlass Engraving
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Monday, 11th September 2017 - Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Events at Durlston Country Park: Discover Madagascar with the BNSSDiscover Madagascar with the BNNS
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Saturday, 1st July 2017 - Saturday, 1st July 2017

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Durlston Dog Show Day
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Saturday, 1st July 2017 - Saturday, 1st July 2017

Saturday, 16th September 2017 - Saturday, 16th September 2017

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Drawing and Pen WorkshopDrawing and Pen Workshop with Madelaine Devenay.
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Tuesday, 15th August 2017 - Tuesday, 15th August 2017

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Wildlife ForensicsWildlife Forensics:
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Thursday, 24th August 2017 - Thursday, 24th August 2017

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Minibeast SafariMinibeast Safari
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Saturday, 26th August 2017 - Saturday, 26th August 2017

Durlston Castle at Durlston Country ParkEvents at Durlston Country Park: Willow WeavingWillow Weaving workshop.
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