Superb area of coastal grassland and seacliffs, one of the best places in Britain for watching birds and wildlife.

  • Owned/managed by: Dorset County Council
  • Grid reference: SZ032773
  • Location: Swanage 1 mile
  • Access information: Some disabled access
    Dogs on leads or close control
    Toilets; shop
    Self-guided trails and guided walk/events programme
    Visitor centre - comprehensive education pack giving details of ranger-lead discovery sessions and talks. All schools must make prior booking arrangements.
    Limited wet weather facilities
    Picnic tables
  • What can I see there? Downland flowers spring; butterflies May - Sept; seabirds March - July; migrant birds April/May, August - October.
  • Opening hours: All year, sunrise to sunset
    Visitor Centre open daily:
    April - Oct 10am - 5pm
    Nov - March weekends only 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Transport links: Buses from Swanage
    150 car parking spaces (pay and display)
    Limited coach parking, best on weekdays
  • Contact: Durlston Visitor Centre 01929 424443
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