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How to Get Here

Where Are We?

Durlston is situated on the south coast of England, 40 miles south-west of Southampton, 20 miles from Bournemouth and 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset. (Grid ref. SZ 03 77)


By Road

Take the A351 from Wareham (11 miles), or come across the Sandbanks to Studland ferry from Bournemouth (10 miles) to Swanage. For Satnav the postcode is BH19 2JL

From Swanage follow the brown tourist signs up the hill to Durlston.


Parking charges are payable all day every day.  Payment is made at the parking machines, 2 of which take card payments. There are no concessions for disabled visitors or blue badge holders. Overnight parking is not allowed. 

Parking charges
Cars and motorbikes 1 April - 31 October
All day £5.00
Four hours £4.00
Two hours £2.50
One hour £2.00
After 6:00 pm £2.00
Weekdays 1 November - 31 March
All day £2.00
Up to two hours and after 6:00 pm  
Weekends 1 November - 31 March
All day £3.00
Up to one hour and after 6:00 pm £1.00
At all times £8.00

Durlston car park













Coach parking is very limited. There is however a bus stop and drop off point. Multiple mopeds and motorbikes may share one space for the above charges. 

The only charge made for visiting Durlston is that of parking - it is also the biggest source of comments!  However, it is essential, as it helps pay for visitor facilities, public toilets, countryside ranger service, education programme and land management.

On Foot

Walk in via one of the many public footpaths from Swanage or Langton Matravers, or take the South West Coast Path from the west.

By Cycle

Follow the road up from Swanage. Once you get to Durlston there are no cycle routes or bridleways, so park your cycle at the secure stands by the Learning Centre.

By Bus

The Durlston Explorer bus D5 will be returning for the summer of 2021. At the moment it is not available due to Covid-19. The bus normally shuttles every half hour, the first leaving Swanage at 10:08, running every day until 21st September.  The Bus Timetable is usually available here

From Poole and Bournemouth the buses arrive at Swanage Bus Station, from there it is a one mile walk - follow the Durlston and coast path signage. 

For details of buses from Bournemouth (No. 50) and Poole/Wareham (No. 40) see Wilts & Dorset

The Durlston Explorer

Durlston coach stop

The Durlston Explorer Coach and bus stop at Durlston

By train

The nearest mainline train station is Wareham (11 miles) or Bournemouth (across the Ferry on the number 50 bus). 

There is a steam train that runs between Swanage and Corfe Castle. 

By Durlston Neighbourcar

Durlston NeighbourcarDurlston Neighbourcar is a community lift sharing scheme aimed to help Swanage residents and visitors get up to Durlston. At the moment it is not available due to Covid-19.

Durlston Neighbourcar is cheap, environmentally friendly, easy to use, and a great way to make new friends.

The scheme is normally open every weekday and is available to everyone including people with disabilities. Those receiving lifts pay a contribution of 45p a mile to their driver to reimburse them for their trip (average of £2-3 return).

To register as a volunteer driver or to sign up as a user please call 01929 424443 or email Once you have registered you can book trips through the Durlston office team who will connect you with your closest neighbourhood driver.

Other Options

For full public transport details call Dorset Traveline on 0870 6082608.

Have you thought about car sharing? Visit the website, and sign up for this more environmentally friendly way to travel.