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Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Lighthouse Road
BH19 2JL

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Durlston Country Park

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Parking fee applies.


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • noelboulting
    Eastleigh, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    It is always wonderful to be able to view the coastline from the perspective this place offers.
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 21st September 2018
    There is always an interesting exhibition on display. The people serving you in the café are anxious that you have decent service. The guides at the entrance could not be more helpful. Read full review
  • Annette M
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Good to see Durston Castle restored and put to such good use
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 21st September 2018
    On our last visit to Swanage, Durlston Castle was practically a ruin; now, it has been restored and houses an information centre, exhibition space and very well-run restaurant/tea shop. It's an easy... Read full review
  • Carol H
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Stunning views, great walk
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 21st September 2018
    Great place to visit if you enjoy walking. Stunning views from the high points. Lovley tea room, excellent cakes. Outside seating for nice days. Coastal path walk very enjoyable. Plenty of benches to... 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: to look up bus timetables. From 1st January 2018, calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.



  • 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


  • 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

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)


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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