Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve

Lighthouse Road
Swanage BH19 2JL

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Telephone: 01929 424443

Website: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve

Opening times

1st April – 31st October

10am – 5pm

1st November – 31st March

10am – 4pm

A spectacular aerial view of Durlston Castle and Country Park. Photo by Roy Eggleston

Durlston Country Park offers imposing views of Jurassic limestone sea cliffs which sweep round into two bays where rocks record the entire Cretaceous period. Located one mile from Swanage, the country park is a 280 acre countryside paradise with stunning views, hay meadows and coastal downland, the historic Great Globe and a wealth of bird and wildlife including regular sightings of dolphins. There are numerous walking trails to explore.

If you can bear to drag yourself indoors, there is the most fabulous Victorian castle to explore, now a beautifully restored Visitor Centre to the Jurassic Coast, with interactive displays and exhibitions, a café and breath taking views. When you arrive, just follow the Timeline serpentine path from the car park as it winds its way gently to the Castle, taking you on a journey through 4.6 billion years of time.