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Durlston Country Park

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Durlston Country Park Lighthouse Road, Swanage BH19 2JL, England
+44 1929 424443
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Coastal walk

Park and walk around the headland. Eat and drink at the Castle, see the HUGE stone globe, Andy walk... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Mike M
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Devon
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Clif Walk

The views from the path from the castle as you walk to the lighthouse are lovely , birds swooping... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Graham S
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Wimborne, United Kingdom
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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 gallery exhibitions, the Seventhwave Café and visitor’s shop. A ranger is always on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Owned and managed by Dorset County Council.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Durlston Country Park Lighthouse Road, Swanage BH19 2JL, England
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+44 1929 424443
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"art exhibition"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Park and walk around the headland. Eat and drink at the Castle, see the HUGE stone globe, Andy walk to the lighthouse station. Past the old mines of Tily Whim, look down on the sea, and look over at the Isle of Wight.

Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The views from the path from the castle as you walk to the lighthouse are lovely , birds swooping on to and from the cliffs below

Thank Graham S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a very breezy couple of hours here with my grown up son and young daughter. Absolutely wonderful scenery- a definite must-see if you’re in Swanage. We walked along the coastal path, impressive views and scenery and took some great photos. There’s lots of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We almost didn’t bother to walk to the stone globe. I am glad we did. Be sure to go down to the front of it and read all the inscriptions on the curved wall around it. The cliff too walk from there to the lighthouse...More

Thank Peter N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fairly easy walk along coast path from Swanage to the lighthouse. Beautiful sea views and part of the walk through woodlands. So many paths to choose, so each walk is different.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on a misty day.. Luckily we were able to see the sea for a little while. Lovely views, wild flowers dotted about and so quiet around the cliff edges. We sat with our picnic below the globe, great to see some volunteers keeping...More

Thank Emma B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my young family visited today after leaving the over priced moors valley country park. This place is brilliant with loads to see and do with beautiful views and a great restaurant/cafe . We will definitely be back again soon and will avoid stopping...More

Thank poncho456
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely way to send a morning. Well signposted and kept clean. Stunning views along the walk to and around the castle. The castle is free to explore and the staff in the shop were very friendly. Cafe available but we didn't try it...More

Thank goat78
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very long walk from downtown Swanage. We missed getting into castle. They say if you start walking towards lighthouse you my see dolphins. No luck. You can drive up to this area but we had no car.

Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an interesting place to visit. The restaurant is great, magnificent views and welcoming staff and guides. We went on their stargazing experience and it was brilliant. At first an interesting talk, we were able to look though their telescope and we saw shooting...More

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BerylH412
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
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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.
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stuart m
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.
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