Durlston Country Park

Durlston Country Park, Swanage: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Durlston Country Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Durlston Country Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve is the perfect place to start exploring Dorset’s Jurassic coast. Acres of wildflower meadows, sea cliffs, woodland, superb coastal walking and spectacular views await you. Durlston Castle also offers gallery exhibitions, the Seventhwave Café and visitor’s shop. A ranger is always on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Owned and managed by Dorset Council.
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2-3 hours
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linda1sadler
Winslow, UK23 contributions
Lovely views
Sep 2021
Good walk to familiarise yourself with Swanage and the beautiful views. Not too difficult a challenge.
Written September 18, 2021
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David C
Northampton, UK93 contributions
Beautiful scenery and a fabulous castle
Sep 2021
Many places are recommended by people as this was to us. We visited primarily to visit Durlston Castle, so my review is just about that. The car park is very close and has plenty of spaces. There is a short walk to the castle itself and the pathways have are stepped and an alternative sloping walkway, good for people with mobility issues. The Castle itself is quite 'wow' when you first see it, younger than one thinks as it is 'Victorian' built, then you see the amazing stonemasonry and again, weren't the Victorians juts the best at engineering and construction!. Like many attractions, the prices are very fair, and you get to go inside and around, up to the top where the views are the best ever! It has a gift shop, separately run café to pass the time away. There are accompanying leaflets that describe the various 'walks' you can do. We chose to see the nearby stone globe which again is worth seeing and the obligatory photograph. The stone tablets all around provide such useful 'I didn't know that' information. Believe me you can sit there for ages, and not be disappointed. Fortunately, it was an extremely hot day, clear skies, so it was worth spending a long time there to fully appreciate it all. Highly recommended.
Written September 14, 2021
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kerry w
13 contributions
Beautuful place
Aug 2021
This is a beautiful place with a variety of walks suitable for all ages and abilities. Even though I went with my adult children, we thoroughly enjoyed attempting the obstacle courses, the swings and hammocks along the woodland trail. On another day, we had a more adult walk to the lighthouse and across the hills behind it. For those with wheelchairs or pushchairs, there are well keps paths through the woodland and down towards the lighthouse, although there are some steep hills that may be difficult for some. When we went, the cafe was short staffed due to staff having to isolate, so service wasn't at its best and the cake was stale, but I don't want to be too harsh as I understand that this was a difficult time for them.
Written September 9, 2021
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Hi Kerry! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a nice review. We've found that people of all ages are enjoying our improved woodland trail and it's so great to hear! We hope you enjoyed the views of the Coast on your walk to the lighthouse! We try and keep our paths as well kept as possible and also have some off-road mobility scooters for hire to help people up those steeper hilly parts! We're sorry to hear about your experience in the café, and thank you for your feedback and understanding. We will make sure to pass this on to our café manager. Over all we're glad to know that you enjoyed your visit with us and hope you come again soon!
Written September 17, 2021
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davidmidwinter
Brigg, UK10 contributions
Amazing place - needs less dogs
Aug 2021
We love durlston it's our favourite place in the U.K.worth driving from Lincolnshire for! But please please please can we have some dog free paths! The poo is disgusting
Written August 29, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are so glad you lover Durlston so much! We are currently running a campaign to tackle this issue, so completely understand your frustration! We are working very hard to try and make sure the minority of people not picking up after their dogs aren't ruining our beautiful park for others visiting and respecting the are. We're sorry this has effected your overall experience with us and hope that you come and visit us again soon.
Written September 3, 2021
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Angela S
3 contributions
A lovely place to visit
Aug 2021
Lovely place to walk and take in the breathtaking views, and stop for coffee and cake at the restaurant.
Written August 29, 2021
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We're glad you enjoyed your time at Durlston! It sounds like you had a great day, thank you for the great review.
Written September 3, 2021
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CleoAndJames
8 contributions
Fantastic and well
Worth a visit
Aug 2021 • Family
Really reasonably priced parking and free entry to a lovely collection of walks. The cafe does take out sandwiches, lots quicker than the cafe. Just go round the corner and sit on the lovely benches overlooking the sea and enjoy. People in shop super friendly and welcoming. I recommend the wild trail explorer cards for younger kids- brilliant set of challenges for them and kept them really engaged. Nice well signed walks and views were stunning. Would be nice if there were a few more water bowls dotted about for dogs as it was a really hot day. Thanks for a great day out.
Written August 27, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us at Durlston and hope you come again soon! We're glad to hear that our staff were so welcoming, we have a great team and some even greater volunteers that will be pleased to hear this. It's lovely to have such a nice review of our new activity cards also, if you have any pictures of you all enjoying them then we would love to see them! Thank you for the great feedback.
Written September 3, 2021
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LondonLewis_H
London46 contributions
Fantastic play trail with amazing coastal views
Aug 2021
My 7 year old son and I loved the new play trail and views from the path. Definitely recommend walking from Swanage to access it.
Written August 22, 2021
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We're so glad you and your son enjoyed your visit and our new play trail! Thank you for your great feedback.
Written September 3, 2021
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Mike
Buckinghamshire, UK11 contributions
Morning walk with the family
Aug 2021 • Family
We've been to Swanage several times and never visited Durlston until this time and we've definitely missed out. Came for an early morning walk with the kids, out to the lighthouse and back. Great morning spent on the coast, brilliant views well sign posted with substantial paths and we think we even saw a dolphin, what's not to love?

Plenty for the kids to explore, with woodland paths and dens as well as coast path, globe sculpture fascinating and the only cost is car parking. Will definitely visit again.
Written August 19, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review! Early morning is definitely one of the best times to take Durlston in with all its glory, that's when the Rangers write their daily diaries. We agree, the views are incredible and worth the visit. We hope you visit again and if you have the kids with you, we have lots of activities happening in school holidays so make sure to keep an eye on our events guide!
Written August 20, 2021
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TangramUK
UK267 contributions
A short and beautiful walk from Swanage
Jun 2021
This is a lovely park that is free to enter (car parking costs but is minimal).
There are loads of walks and a good cafe on the grounds.
Well worth the effort.
Written July 19, 2021
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Thank you for the lovely review! We're glad you enjoyed your time with us and the different walks we have around the park. We hope that you come again soon!
Written July 25, 2021
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keith47
Westcliff-on-Sea, UK543 contributions
Bit disappointed.
Jun 2021
Firstly, we found signage to here was lacking, not easy to find.
For those unfortunate to have mobility issues there is a lot of undulating of the footpaths and a little uneven in places.
Not sure what we were expecting but we did not find a lot to do, after the coastal walk from which there some good views, bird watching in season.
We did go to the cafe, seemed a bit disorganised, and when my wife went to the Ladies she found the smell overwhelming. To be fair when staff were advised of this there did refer the matter.
This is not somewhere we would revisit.
Written July 13, 2021
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Hi Keith Thanks so much for taking the time to review us! Sorry your visit was disappointing - we love sharing Durlston with people and really want everyone to have a great experience. If it helps, there is some useful info on how to find us on our website - we are a bit tucked away! As you say, Durlston is a bit hilly in places, but there are some great flatter walks and our Tramper mobility scooters are great for less mobile visitors to explore. There is more info on our Access for All page. Yes, the birdwatching is great here throughout the year and we have some lovely events - the Ranger in the Castle can help you make the most of your visit. Glad to hear your complaint about the toilets was dealt with promptly - we know how important this is! Do hope you will come again and hope we can give you a better experience next time
Written July 15, 2021
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