Conservation For Public Enjoyment
This superb site in Purbeck, owned and managed by Dorset County Council, is governed by the ethos of 'Conservation for Public Enjoyment'.
Gateway to the Jurassic Coast
Durlston is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which runs from Exmouth in the west to Old Harry Rocks at Ballard Down. We are also designated as Heritage Coast, Special Area of Conservation, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Nature Reserve. Our offshore waters are part of the Marine Research Area.
Durlston Castle is our new Visitor Centre
A wonderful renovation of the Victorian Castle, fully accessible with a timeline from the car park, daily and monthly wildlife, geology, live camera images and regularly changing Exhibitions and Art in our gallery. Also home to seventhwave cafe & restaurant and our shop (selling books, souvenirs and locally made gifts and jewellery). Come and spend the day here. Open every day 10am - 4pm.
Always Something To Do
Be it visiting the Castle, seeing the exhibits, walking a trail, watching the birds from the hide or admiring the view. You can also take part in an event - including Astronomy evenings, bird walks, children's activities, workshops and more.
The Durlston Project
During 2010 and 2011 Durlston Castle was transformed and restored, to become a world-class facility for visitors to Durlston and the Jurassic Coast. It opened in November 2011. Find out more about the Project here.