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Durlston Country Park

A 280 acre paradise of sea cliffs, coastal limestone downland, meadows, hedgerows and woods.

Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle is a mile from Swanage in Dorset. This countryside paradise has stupendous views, the Great Globe, a variety of walks and fascinating geology - there's always something new to see and do.

This superb site is owned and managed by Dorset County Council, and is governed by the ethos of 'Conservation for Public Enjoyment'.

Visit the Durlston Country Park website (opens in a new window) for more information on things to see and do including events, exhibitions, the visitor centre and facilities, wildlife and geology, education programme and how to get involved.


Durlston Castle is our new visitor centre

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 café and restaurant and our shop (selling books, souvenirs and locally made gifts and jewellery). Come and spend the day here. The park is open every day 10am to 5pm in the summer and 10am to 4pm in the winter. Entry to the park, castle and exhibitions is free, car parking charges apply.

Always something to do

Come and visit the castle, see the exhibits, walk a trail, watch the birds from the hide or admire the view. You can also take part in an event - including astronomy evenings, bird walks, children's activities, workshops and more. Wildlife to look out for in particular include Guillemots, Fulmars, Whitethroats, Stonechat, Skylarks, Peregrine Falcon, Early Spider Orchids (plus eight other orchid species), Early English Gentian, Cowslips, Thrift, Adonis Blue, Lulworth Skipper, Marbled White butterflies, Bottlenose Dolphins and much more.

What's on

Durlston's What's On Guide (Autumn 2017- Spring 2018) (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window) highlights the huge variety of events taking place at the park.

Gateway to the Jurassic Coast

Durlston is a gateway to the  Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (opens in a new window) which runs from Exmouth in the west to Old Harry Rocks at Ballard Down.

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