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Durlston Country Park, Swanage

(4.5/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
Explore Durlston Country Park and its rich natural delights, including sea cliffs, coastal limestone, hay meadows, and woodland. At the visitor center, a renovated Victorian castle, find out about Durlston’s wildlife and geology, watch live wildlife video feeds, and visit the art gallery. Have a bite to eat at the Seventhwave Cafe & Restaurant, or make use of the picnic tables located near the parking lot. Pick up a leaflet outlining recommended trails from the visitor center, and speak to the ranger on duty to help you make the most of your trip to Durlston. Arrange to visit Durlston Country Park and other attractions in Swanage using our Swanage trip itinerary builder.
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  • Walked here along the coastal path from Swanage. The weather was kind and it was not busy so plenty of time to read the stone inscriptions, enjoy the views and the bird life. 
  • We love this place. Amazing views, diverse wildlife. Cafe with the best triple fried chips. Staff are friendly helpful and knowledgable 
  • Beautiful views and a nice cafe in the castle, you need to give yourself time as it is always busy. Nice walks and always the chance of seeing dolphins. 
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  • A fabulous country park that covers all of Durlston Head near Swanage. A number of good walks both within the park and along the coast. The globe is not to be missed and there are great views out to sea from the light house. The cafe / restaurant is very good and therefore popular. There are stunning views across to the Isle of White and past Peveril point and Swanage bay to Bournemouth. There are a number of picnic tables and benches scattered through the park if you fancy taking your own food. A good place for wildlife spotting especially birds and from time to time seals and dolphins.
  • New exhibition telling the history and giving essential facts. Good for kids and adults. Great walks and scenery. Find the famous Sutherland Globe. Only downside was finding the cafe closed 🔐 after a long walk along the coast path in the ☔
  • Superb views. Ideal start point for the coastal path. Excellent interactive fossil displays. Picnic area in the large grassy area. Restaurant is a bit upmarket and expensive and very limited choice. Parking charges. Probably best to get a £5 ticket for all day. Local bus service stops here. Excellent wheelchair access and you can borrow a heavy duty one to do the coast path.
  • Ideal spot for a walk along the Jurrasic Coast. The views are stunning. You have to pay for parking here, but entry to the castle is free. Castle has a little cafe which serves food; albeit a bit pricey but worth it for the scenery. Would recommend a visit here if you're in the area.
  • Fantastic place to visit. Lovely building, great walks, nice restaurant for food or just a drink. One of my favourite walks through to the lighthouse past the globe.