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Durlston is a great place for children and families, with lots to do throughout the year...

Durlston Castle features colourful interactive displays, live wildlife cameras, a fossil room, and family-friendly exhibitions, along with a well stocked shop, with pocket money souvenirs and snacks, drinks and baby changing facilities.

Outside, there are more than 320acres of countryside to enjoy, bursting with exciting wildlife. 4 Waymarked Trails help you get the most out of your visit, much of which are suitable for child buggies, especially if they are the larger wheeled all-terrain style buggies. There are also a few tarmac paths and a road down to Anvil Point Lighthouse which is perfect for those buggies with small wheels.

Family Explorers Rucksacks

Available to hire from the Castle, every day throughout the year, the Woodland Explorer Rucksacks are jam-packed with fun activities for all the family, along the Woodland Trail.

Go on a Mini-beast Safari, take a walk through the woodland or take on the challenge of a Scavenger Race and more...

The bags are designed for families with children aged from 4 to 12 and take around 2 hours to complete.

Available to hire for half a day for £4. Booking is recommended 01929 424443 or contact us.

To see some of the amazing bugs created by Woodland Explorers click here

Childrens Events

Go 'Wild About Art', discover 'Delinquent Dinosaurs and Fantastic Fossils', join in with Guy Building or learn about the amazing lives of the Durlston Dolphin on one of our childrens events.

Most events last 1.5 hours and cost £3 per child. We ask an adult to accompany all children on events.

To find out what's coming next, visit our Events pages.

Trail Activity Books

Children's Activity Books full of games, puzzles and quizzes are available for the Clifftop and Woodland Trails, from the Castle for just £1.