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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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A must do if you are in Swanage

If you are fit and well, it's a glorious walk up from by the Pier. Every year we used to take our... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tony36
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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Walk around Durlston park

A wonderful place to visit close to Swanage. Great hiking , staff very helpful, coffee and scone... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dianne N
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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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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“the cliff” (88 reviews)
“coastal path” (77 reviews)
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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you are fit and well, it's a glorious walk up from by the Pier. Every year we used to take our school journey groups up there in our younger days. They loved it all. Now long retired we take a number 5 small bus...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A wonderful place to visit close to Swanage. Great hiking , staff very helpful, coffee and scone excellent

Thank Dianne N
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The country park covers the start of the Jurassic Coast - you can see Old Harry Rocks from the cafe and then walk along the coast path. The refurbished castle is a great place to stop and take in the view. It is very doggy...More

Thank Colin F
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We found it interesting and it is a great place to walk if you have the stamina for the hills! but I guess you would be expecting that in Dorset. Lovely views and very nice cafe.

Thank Maureen B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to do here. Walk down to the dolphin watch area. Nice shop and cafe. Super views and lovely walk up from swanage. Bird information and must see the rock.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A short walk from Swanage Centre this park is perfect. Lovely walks in a dog friendly environment. It has a nice cafe again dog friendly

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really lovely country park for a walk in. A path along the top of the cliffs gives you stunning views and there's lots of wildlife to be seen- I saw some interesting insects and flowers as well as guillemots. Peregrine falcons and...More

Thank zotwot
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place with lots of different walking routes and some breathtaking views. We took the cliff top walk along the coastal path and saw some fantastic wildlife. Our dog received a warm welcome and enjoyed exploring. Had a top quality lunch in the restaurant, highly...More

Thank charlie23177
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely place to walk, and enjoy sea views. Lovely cafe for snacks or lunch. Local bus from Swanage during the season.

Thank Norma P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely walks and views, well worth a visit, for a short stroll or a longer jaunt, take a picnic, take rubbish home

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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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