Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve

Durlston Country Park
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Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland.

With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology, fascinating wildlife there is always something different to see and do.

Durlston Castle features interactive exhibits for all the family about the wildlife and geology of Durlston and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, while the Fine Foundation Gallery, within the Castle, host an everchanging series of art, craft, scientific or historical exhibtions and a varied programme of performance and other events.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

10.00am - 4.00 (1st Nov - Easter Holidays)
10.00am - 5.00 (Easter Holidays - 31st October)

Admission charges

N/A.

Getting there

By car or bike: From Swanage, follow the brown tourist information signs.

On foot: From Swanage town centre, follow the South West Coast Path or Victorian Trail signs

Bike racks are located in the car park nearest Durlston Castle

Additional info

An offroad wheelchair and Tramper electric buggies are available for less mobile visitors - to book or for more information, please call 01929 424443, visit www.durlston.co.uk or email info@durlston.co.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Stargazing

Stargazing at Durlston

  • 12 August 2015 9-10:30pm
  • 21 August 2015 8:30-10:30pm
  • 19 September 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Join the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk and the chance to use telescopes to view the sky at night.

April: The Moon, Venus, Jupiter, Lyrid meteors and the Spring Constellations.

12 August: The Perseids metor shower, Saturn, the Milky Way and Summer Constellations.

21 August: The Moon, Saturn, Star Clusters, the Milky Way and Summer Constellations.

19 September: The Moon, Saturn, Galaxies and Autumn Constellations.

Meet at the Learning Centre.

Weather dependent - phone 01929 424443 on the day to confirm. £3.00 per person.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

photograph of moth

Meet a Moth

  • 6 June 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 27 June 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 26 July 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 1 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 8 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 15 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 18 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 22 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 29 August 2015 10:30-11:30am
  • 12 September 2015 10:30-11:30am

Discover the beauty and strangeness of these creatures of the night, as we rummage through last night's moth trap

Meet at Durston Castle: Donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations Welcome

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Peregrine at Durlston

Clifftop Tour

  • 4 June 2015 11-11:30am
  • 18 June 2015 11-11:30am
  • 2 July 2015 11-11:30am

Enjoy a half-hour guided stroll along the cliffs-Guillemots, Peregrines, Ravens and more...

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations welcome.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/index.php?nid=8&id=4&evnt_id=1127

Seabird cruise

Seabird Boat Trip

  • 8 May — 26 June 2015 *on now

Join the Durlston Rangers for a cruise along the Jurassic Coast. Guillimots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, geology and more.

Every Friday evening from 8th May until the 26th June.

Meet at Poole Quay 6.00pm
or Swanage Pier: 7.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £16.50, Children £8.50.

To book call: City Cruises, Poole on 01202 467882
or visit www.citycruisespool.com

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/index.php?nid=141&id=4

Durlston Castle

Castle Tour

  • 2 June 2015 10:30-11am
  • 16 June 2015 10:30-11am
  • 30 June 2015 10:30-11am
  • 14 July 2015 10:30-11am

A half hour tour of recently restored Durlston Castle.

Meet at the Castle

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations Welcome

Pyramidal Orchid

Grassland Gems: Butterfly and Wildflower Walk

  • 7 June 2015 2:30-4pm

Join a Ranger to stroll through Durlston's superb grassland and enjoy spectacular wildlife.

Meet at the Castle £3.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.00 per person.

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

DurlstonCountry Park

Durlston Country Park Victorian Tour

  • 12 July 2015 2:30-4pm

Guided walk to discover George Burt's grand plans for Swanage and the Durlston Estate.

Meet at Durlston Castle
.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Donations welcome

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Widget

'What the Dog Saw': Family Activity Trail

  • 18 July — 3 September 2015

Follow in the Paw-prints of Park Dog Widget, with our Summer trail, for some amazing activities and fun challenges, with a prize waiting at the end.

Daily from 18th July to 3rd September.
Turn up at the Castle anytime between 10.00am and 4.00pm

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.00.

Durlston Castle

Live Music: Local Vocals Outdoor Choir

  • 19 July 2015 2-3:45pm

Enjoy spectacular sea views from the amphitheatre at Durlston Castle and listen to this fantastic choir.

2.00pm and 3.00pm

Donations welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

donations welcome

Website

http://www.durlston.co.uk/events.aspx

Getting there

By car or bike: From Swanage, follow the brown tourist information signs.

On foot: From Swanage town centre, follow the South West Coast Path or Victorian Trail signs

Bike racks are located in the car park nearest Durlston Castle

Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve
Durlston Country Park NNR
Lighthouse Road
Swanage
Dorset
BH19 2JL
England

Website

www.durlston.co.uk

E-mail

info@durlston.co.uk

Telephone

01929 424443

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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