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Durlston Country Park

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A must visit place at the top of hill

We've been to Swanage many times but this was our first visit to Durlston. It's a delight on the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Greater London, United Kingdom
Large estate with Victorian "Castle"

Walked the 1.5-2 miles from Swanage around the coastal path and were rewarded with great views of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bruce M
Sydney, Australia
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“coastal path”(77 reviews)
Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve is the perfect place to start exploring Dorset’s Jurassic coast. Acres of wildflower meadows, sea cliffs, woodland, superb coastal walking and spectacular views await you. Durlston Castle also offers...more
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Durlston Country Park Lighthouse Road, Swanage BH19 2JL, England
+44 1929 424443
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We've been to Swanage many times but this was our first visit to Durlston. It's a delight on the headland. A great stone globe should not be missed, nor the cafe which is superb. Enjoy it all and taken the views and quiet.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Walked the 1.5-2 miles from Swanage around the coastal path and were rewarded with great views of the cliffs, Old Harry Rocks to the north, and paths that led though tree canopies. The Durlston Castle dates from the late 1800's and the story of its...More

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great walk up from Swanage up to Perevil Point, stop off at the lifeboat house and then onto Durlston Country Park, beautiful views across Swanage bay. When you get to Durlston Country park there is an information centre, a learning centre with information about the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for everyone to visit, really scenic. We went along as a family, walked along the coastal path to the lighthouse, the views are stunning. There is a dolphin spotting area, sadly we didn't see any go at high tide and look for sea...More

Thank LISA A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous views of the sea for most of the walk and not strenuous. The paths are well maintained and pass through a dog friendly wooded area. There are information plaques along the route. The globe is huge and surrounded by interesting quotes and facts inscribed...More

Thank Summer F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful mornings walk. We visited Durlston on a very bright and warm day in October and were greeted with a pleasant walk in the woods, and then along the scenic path that overlooks the sea. The views are breath taking and the whole...More

Thank Cleverley1976
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a very pleasent afternoon walking through the grounds and along the coastal path. Very interesting castle building with shop to walk around. Also really nice cafe with both main meals and cakes or sandwiches.

Thank johngibson2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for walking, all paths have good surfaces and there’s been a real effort made to be accessible for as many people as possible. Good views from the Castle and coast path - peregrine falcons and dolphins can be seen if you’re lucky enough....More

Thank Damo_M_G
Reviewed 10 October 2018

There are many ways to get to Durlston Country Park. the walks are lovely with no traffic. There is a large paying car park if you cannot do the whole walk. The coffee shop is open most days

Thank cbournemouth
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Went for a 5 mile wander around Durlston Country Park. Stopped off at the castle and had a glorious cream tea before carrying on into Swanage town.

Thank Sarah F
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13 June 2018|
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Response from BoscBred | Reviewed this property |
Great choice to visit, lovely place, yes there are picnic areas near to the car park and toilets although I’m sure if you venture out a little further you will find good views, if you follow the path down towards the globe... More
jane r
21 May 2018|
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Response from DurlstonRangers | Property representative |
There are no admission fees for the castle or the rest of the park. There are parking charges, prices of which can be found on our website as they very from season to season. Visit > Facilities.
13 May 2018|
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Response from Colin G | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are paths that aren’t too near the cliffs edge - A wooded area that’s safe for dogs.