Durlston Country Park
Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL
How this location helps make the Jurassic Coast a World Heritage Site:
Imposing sea cliffs of Jurassic limestone sweep round into two bays where rocks record the entire Cretaceous period.
How this Centre showcases the geology and associated local stories:
The new Timeline serpentine path that winds its way gently down from the car park to the Castle takes you on a journey through time from 4.6bn years ago to the present day, via stone monoliths and inscriptions carved and designed by artist Gary Breeze.
The Fine Foundation Gallery is a key hub of the new building, offering a varied programme of art exhibitions, live music and performance. There is a four screen film showing a year at Durlston and all its aspects along with The Rock an 8 minute audio and visual show helping visitors to read a large slab of Purbeck marble and stories it can tell us.
There are also stunning roof top and clifftop path views of the Jurassic Coast with interactive displays within the Castle
Durlston Country Park is a key gateway site to learn about the Jurassic Coast. Come and visit the newly refurbished Durlston Castle visitor centre.
Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology, fascinating wildlife and the newly renovated Durlston Castle, there is always something different to see and do. Use the following link to view the latest events at Durlston Country Park.
Durlston Castle is an extraordinary Victorian building, which with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many others has been transformed over the last 8 years to now provide a unique and beautiful facility for visitors to Durlston and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
The Castle is now the hub of the activities at Durlston, this restored building, competed in November 2011 is a must for all, not just for the amazing restoration that has taken place, but it is also the Visitor Centre, offering a wide range of exciting interactive displays and exhibitions. Also within the building is the seventhwave cafe and restaurant, a shop, Gallery with different exhibitions every month, plus spectacular views from the Belvedere and roof terraces.