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Learning Facilities

Visitor Centre

Interactive displays and exhibits illustrate the natural and social history of the Park, including seasonal displays and the Daily Wildlife Diary.

A hydrophone relays the underwater sounds of Durlston Bay and, in season, live pictures of the Guillemot colony can be viewed via a remote cliff camera.

A Ranger is always available at the Centre to help you get the most from your visit.


Activity Books suitable for Foundation-KS2 students are available in the shop, as well as a resource CD for GCSE+ students.

There is also an extensive range of reference books, wildlife charts and posters, as well a selection of wildlife orientated souvenirs.


These are situated at the Visitor Centre, and include a toilet for the disabled. 

Wet Weather Lunch Facilities

Wet weather lunch spaces for school groups are available by arrangement.

Coach Parking

This is limited to the first parking area on the left (directing you to the Castle) and costs 8 per coach.  Minibuses can access all of the car parks, and cost 4. The Car Parks are less than 40 metres away from the Visitor Centre.

Free Parking is available for schools taking a Discovery Session with the Rangers.


A small selection of hot and cold drinks and confectionery are available at the Visitor Centre.

Evening Hire of Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is available for use by educational groups in the evening.  Facilities include a small reference library and fully equipped lecture room and seating for 80.

Risk Assessment

You may wish to download our generic risk assessments for bringing a group to Durlston. These are no substitute for a pre-visit, but should provide much of the information you require.