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Durlston Country Park, Swanage
(4.5/5 based on 700+ 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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  • Located above Swanage its an excellent place to go for a days walking. Either through the countryside on the public footpaths before you reach the castle or along the clifftop path once you get to the...  more »
  • We called in here during a long strenuous walk along the coast. The lunch time menu was lovely with a good selection of food on offer. 
  • This lovely park represents in a timeline the "life" of our planet. The information is presented in monuments and inscriptions in rocks and placards. A great place for healthy young folks to hike and ...  more »
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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.