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Durlston is a Natural England Accredited Country Park in recognition of the high standard of services to visitors. We welcome comments and suggestions from visitors to help us maintain and improve our service.

The castle giftshop is open.

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Opening Times

The countryside of the Park is open all year round, from sunrise to sunset.

Durlston Castle

Durlston Castle entranceThe visitor centre at Durlston Castle is a must for all.

When visiting the castle please:

  • Wear a face covering
  • Track and trace' with the NHS app on arrival
  • Use the one way system round the castle
  • Observe social distancing and use the hand sanitiser provided

Exhibits include:

  • A fossil room: currently closed
  • Audio-visual room
  • Live wildlife cameras
  • Monthly displays
  • A Daily Diary detailing the latest sightings
  • A rooftop terrace currently closed

You can also buy guides, maps, books, souvenirs and food and drink.  

A Ranger is always on duty to help you make the most of your trip to Durlston.

Castle Opening Hours

  • November - March every day: 10:30 - 16:00 (except Christmas and Boxing Day)
  • 1st April - 31st October every day: 10:30-17.00

Access For All 

Durlston is a hilly cliff top site but many areas are accessible to less mobile visitors and families with child buggies - please call for details, as much can depend on the ground conditions.

Durlston has two 'Tramper' buggies for loan - please phone 01929 424443 for more details or to make a booking . Rev. David Gray using the tramper

Video: The Tramper

 

Be aware that some areas are not suitable for a standard electric buggy, or the Tramper.

The Castle is fully accessible, and has toilets for disabled visitors.

Some picnic tables are wheelchair accessible - ask for details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo: Rev. David Gray

Shop 

Durlston Castle shopSited within the Castle, a shop sells Trail leaflets, maps, books, postcards and Durlston souvenirs, as well as a selection of children's and art and craft items.

Products can be brought from Durlston gift shop using a few simple steps: 

1.       Fill in the booking form, adding up your totals

2.       Fill in your contact details

3.       Go to www.durlston.co.uk/donate and pay using the DONATE button under GET INVOLVED. Please write SHOP in the ‘Details’ box

4.       Send this booking form to info@durlston.co.uk

5.       When we receive your payment, a confirmation email will be sent to you as well as a collection date

6.       Collect your order from The Learning Centre, Durlston Country Park as directed in the confirmation email. Delivery can possibly be arranged, please contact the office for more information 01929 424443

DurlstonProductsAvailableOnline.pdf

DurlstonShopBookingForm.docx

 

 

Fine Foundation Gallery

Durlston Fine Foundation GalleryThe Fine Foundation Gallery is a stunning multi-use space, which hosts a wide variety of exhibitions, art and craft work, live music, performance and more...Entry to all exhibitions is free. See events for details.

 

Picnic Tables 

Durslton picnic tablesPicnic tables are located in the area around the car parks, some of which are wheelchair accessible.

Rubbish and recycling bins can be found at the Castle and by the Learning Centre.

 

 

 

 

Toilets 

Toilets are located at the Castle and Learning Centre and include toilets for disabled visitors and nappy changing facilities.

 

Bird hide 

Durlston bird hideDurlston has its own bird hide to the side of the Learning Centre. To find it walk up the tarmac path to the Learning Centre going past the front door. You will find the hide on the left at the end of the building.

Inside there is seating for 10-16 people with information about the birds you might be lucky enough to see.

 

 

 

 

Dogs

Dogs are welcome in the Park and the Castle, but please:

  • Keep them on a lead or under close control outside.
  • Clear up after them. We have provided 9 bins to help you.
  • Keep them on a lead in the Castle and Café

We have placed water bowls on the terrace outside the Castle for your dogs to enjoy a drink. 

 

 

 

BBQ's

BBQ's and camp fires are not allowed at Durlston. 

Bicycles

Cycling and horse riding are not permitted at Durlston (outside of the Car Parks).

Cycle racks can be found at the Learning Centre and in the car park nearest the Castle.

Walking Trails

Durlston trailsFour Trails provide an ideal starting point for your exploration of Durlston. The Clifftop, Wildlife, Woodland and Victorian Trails are clearly waymarked, with good access.

Leaflets for each Trail are available from the Castle, where most of the Trails start.

 

 

 

 

Guided walks

Durlston guided walkDurlston hosts a wide range of guided walks and events throughout the year. Many of our events last 1.5 hrs and involve a walk of less than 2 miles. Walks which involve greater distances will be stated in the event listings. Some events are based at the Learning Centre which is fully accessible. Most can be adapted to meet individual requirements. If you would like to attend one of our events, but have concerns about accessibility, please get in touch so that we can discuss how we can best accommodate your needs. For events listings click here.

 

 

 

Education

Durlston educationDurlston offers a comprehensive package of services to schools, colleges and universities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lighthouse

The lighthouse at DurlstonAnvil Point Lighthouse is owned and managed by Trinity House (the Lighthouse Service). For details visit their website: Trinity House website

The cottages at the lighthouse are available for rent through Rural Retreats.

 

 

 

 

 

Drones

Any use of drones must be by prior arrangement with the parks staff, and in compliance with our drone use policy.

Please download following documents relating to Durlston Drone Flight Applications: 

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For more information, contact us on 01929 424443 or email durlston@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.