From the car park, take one of the walks along the coast to the Lighthouse.

Below Durlston Head Castle is the Great Globe built at Greenwich in 1889. Behind the Globe are quotes from several poets including Shakespeare, Pope and Tennyson.

A path leads east towards Swanage. Planted with a variety of trees and shrubs including tamarisks, rhododendrons, fuchsias and variegated laurel, don’t miss the Dell. This area was originally planted with ferns and hardy exotics.

The Country Park is now owned by Dorset County Council and has won Heritage Lottery Funding. Work on the restoration of the Park is ongoing.

Entrance to Durlston is free – the only charge is for car parking.




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Address: Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL View map Phone: 01929 424443 Length of visit: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Parking on Grass Verge: No
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes

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