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Durlston Country Park, Swanage

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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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  • Lots of interesting walks and stunning views of the coast and inland. Nice cafe if a bit over priced. The wardens are very knowledgeable and are very approachable  more »
  • My Partner and I have always been keen walkers, but sadly he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and we thought our walking days were over. Now, thanks to the use of Tramper mobility scooters a wh...  more »
  • This is a lovely place to walk. The costal path has some amazing views over Swanage and you might even spot some dolphins. There is a lovely cafe too.  more »
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  • Always a pleasure - well maintained park with lots to see and things to engage most people. Stunning views on the walks, seabird and dolphin watching, fantastic food at the castle (though slightly on the expensive side, it does use local fresh and high quality ingredients). The castle itself has a modest visitor centre and shop, and I particularly like the all terrain wheelchair and buggy hire!
  • Lovely park. Absolutely beautiful views and walks along the costal line. The cafe is also lovely with good views, however the staff were slow, and the place kept running out of certain basic foods, such as bacon, and panini bread.
  • Great walks along the cliffs and into Swanage. Up market tea rooms in mock castle. Views of light house and dolphins.
  • 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.
  • 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.