Durlston Country Park is a 320 acre National Nature Reserve consisting of beautiful clifftop walks with stunning views, a recently renovated Victorian Durlston Castle with its historic Great Globe, a visitor centre, cafe and Anvil Point Lighthouse. It’s located just 1 mile from Swanage. The Park, which is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is owned and managed by the Dorset County Council and is FREE to enter although car park charges apply. (it’s a 30 minute walk from Swanage Pier, just follow the brown tourist signs). Car park charges are given at the bottom of the page.
The Park is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded, 33 species of breeding butterfly, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths and thousands of other invertebrates. Their website has an excellent section about local wildlife and is the go-to resource for identifying and learning about the wildlife of the Jurassic Coast. https://www.durlston.co.uk/wildlife-and-marine.aspx The webpage also includes a daily wildlife diary and a month-by-month guide.
Durlston Country Park Car Park Charges
Up to 1 hour
Up to 2 hours
Up to 4 hours
Overnight parking is not allowed.
Car Park charges November to March
Weekdays: £2 all day, £1 up to 2 hours and after 6pm Weekends: £3 all day, £2 for 2 hours, £1 up to 1 hour and after 6pm