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.

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  • Places to Eat & Drink
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Take an Audio Tour of Durlston Country Park

Rachel Oldham, a volunteer at Durlston Country Park and part of the Jurassic Coast Volunteer Network, has produced a series of eight audio tours taking in different parts of the park.

Visit Durlston’s website to access the full series.

Rachel at Durlston
Rachel at Durlston Country Park.