Durlston Country Park is an amazing mix of important historic, natural and geological heritage, making it an amazing place to visit in Swanage and Purbeck.
Durlston’s coast forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, England’s only natural World Heritage Site. There are some amazing views of along its cliff top walks and you can discover more about Durlston’s Jurassic history in the Visitor Centre.
Durlston Country park is also a National Nature Reserve and a great place to enjoy Purbeck’s nature and wildlife.There are thousands of species to be discovered from local wildlife to beautiful wild flowers. The flowers are not only a source of colour but also an important food source for the numerous insects at Durlston, especially butterflies with over 33 species, including many that are nationally rare.
Durlston is also host to over 250 species of bird and is an important resting place for spring and autumn migrants including rare species like Hoopoe or Golden Oriole. Durlston’s Guillemot colonies are the second largest on the South Coast!
Kids can have fun with the Durlston wild play trail and there is a good variety of events for families throughout the year.
A unique Victorian building with stunning rooftop views, visitor centre, exhibitions, Seventh Wave Café and Restaurant, Fine Foundation Gallery and shop, making it a great a great place to visit whatever the weather!
Fine Foundation Gallery: Has exhibitions throughout the year – from drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics or textiles, by artists and makers from Purbeck, and around the country to historical or scientific exhibitions.
Seventhwave café and restaurant: With stunning views over Durlston Bay, the Channel, and the Isle of Wight. With seating in the cosy restaurant or out on the terrace. Offers delicious breakfasts, warming lunches, or tea and cake. Takeaway refreshments and snacks are also available.
The Great Globe
As well as the Castle don’t forget to visit the Great Globe. The brainchild of George Burt, who bought the Durlston estate in 1862. He had grand plans for its development and the Great Globe was the centrepiece.