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Durlston Country Park, Swanage

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Wildlife Area
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 to Durlston from Swanage, visited art display. Found some new walks never used before. Get views from the cliff tops.  more »
  • On a gloriously sunny and warm Sunday, we (my wife, and Irish Terrier dog) went again to this particular beauty spot on the south coast in Dorset, with anticipations high for a lovely walk along the P...  more »
  • Parked at the main Swanage car park and walked to Durlston, there is something incredibly spiritual about this place -the globe, caves and lighthouse were all fascinating. It's a shame that the caves ...  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.
  • 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.
  • Have been going there since the late 19 70's. Beautiful scenario. Interesting building. Good cafe. Spectacular views
  • 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 ☔
  • 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.