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Durlston Castle

Durlston Castle is an extraordinary Victorian building, which with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many others, took 8 years to transform, to provide a unique and beautiful facility for visitors to Durlston and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Why Visit Durlston Castle? 

The Castle is now the hub of the activities at Durlston. This restored building, completed in November 2011, is a must for all, not just for the amazing restoration that has taken place, but it is also the Visitor Centre, offering a wide range of exciting interactive displays and exhibitions.  Also within the building is the seventhwave café and restaurant, a shop, gallery with different exhibitions every month, plus spectacular views from the Belvedere and roof terraces.

Wandering around the Castle you will also come across artwork including the Timeline (4 billion years of earth's history), Diversity (the species of Durlston engraved on glass) and the Walk of Words (200 sponsored engraved Purbeck limestone blocks).

Despite being on four levels the Castle is easily accessible for all, with lifts and gentle ramps for those with less mobility.  

The castle entrance


A Ranger is always on hand to help you get the most of your visit.

The Castle is open every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) between:

10.00am - 5.00pm (1st April - 1st November)

10.30am - 4.00pm (1st November - 31st March)



Parts of the Castle are occasionally closed when weddings or functions are taking place - visit the Events page for details.


Durlston Castle shopThe Durlston Shop is full of books, souvenirs of your visit, items of interest, gifts, bird food, plus a good selection binoculars and artwork.  We also sell essential rations including chocolate, ice creams and cold drinks.






Fine Foundation Gallery & Art at Durlston

Durlston Fine Foundation GalleryThe Fine Foundation Gallery, sponsored by the Fine Family Foundation, is a key hub of the new building, offering a varied programme of art exhibitions, live music and performance and interactive displays.

A partnership with Dorset's rural arts organisation Artsreach, has helped in the development of a varied new programme of events.   Highlights so far include live music from internationally acclaimed Senegalese Kora maestro Doudou Cissoko, an incredible knitted community garden by artist Pauline Stanley, 'Sea Fire and Ice' paintings by Antonia Phillips, 'Light, Life and Landscape' by Bruce Pearson and Anne Shingleton, the Churchfitters and much more! 


Durlston Fine Foundation GalleryOur exhibitions have included local Dorset and Purbeck artists as part of Dorset and Purbeck Art Weeks,  The Boilerhouse Collective and the Purbeck Collective.  Wildlife artists Bruce Pearson, Richard Tratt and Antonia Phillips amongst others.

For more information see our upcoming Events 

The arts have been right at the heart of the project from the very beginning, with support and funding from the Fine Family Foundation, the Arts Council and others, new permanent works by artists including Gary Breeze, Lulu Quinn and Forkbeard Fantasy can be found in and around the Castle, while poets Carol Ann Duffy and Paul Hyland have also contributed work.



The Timeline

Durlston TimelineThe Timeline serpentine path that winds its way gently down from the car park to the Castle takes you on a journey through time, via stone monoliths and inscriptions carved and designed by artist Gary Breeze.









seventhwave café and restaurant

When visiting seventhwave please

  • Wear a face covering except when seated

Durlston wildlife lists

Once at the Castle visit the café to be amazed by 'Diversity', a glass etched artwork by Lulu Quinn.  This extraordinary species list shows the diversity of life at Durlston, but is incomplete as more species are being discovered each year.

seventhwave cafe/restaurant