Is Durlston Castle free?

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).

How much does it cost to Park at durlston?

We thought we’d have a quick look at Durlston. It was a bit remote, uphill car drive then lo and behold a £2 per hour car park charge. It was 16:45 and the visitor centre and exhibition close at 17:00 after which time it’s possible to see everything one needs to see anyway.

Is durlston Castle National Trust?

In June 2008, Durlston was awarded National Nature Reserve status by Natural England in recognition of the national importance of Durlston for wildlife. Visitor facilities at Durlston include a Visitor Centre, a shop and the seventhwave cafe in the castle, walking trails, public toilets and car parking.

Is durlston car park open?

Opening Times The countryside of the Park is open all year round, from sunrise to sunset.

Is Corfe Castle open today?

Corfe Castle is open every day and you don’t need to book your visit in advance.

Who built Durlston Castle?

architect George Crickmay
PRINCIPAL BUILDINGS Durlston Head Castle (listed grade II) was designed by the architect George Crickmay in 1887 and was a restaurant that formed the centrepiece of Burt’s scheme. It is built in a mock-baronial style of Purbeck stone with Portland stone dressings.

How was durlston head formed?

Headlands are formed when the sea attacks a section of coast with alternating bands of hard and soft rock. The discordant coastline has been formed into Studland Bay (soft rock), Ballard Point (hard rock), Swanage Bay (soft rock) and Durlston Head (hard rock).

How much is Corfe Castle entry?


Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.00 £10.00
Child £5.50 £5.00
Family £27.50 £25.00
Group Adult N/A £9.00

When was durlston castle built?

It was erected in 1891 and depicts southern England, the English Channel and north West France. Close to the Chart a further coastal walk, Tilly Whim Road, runs westwards along the cliff top to Tilly Whim Caves. It continues westwards along the coast beyond the limit of Burt’s scheme.

What rocks form at Durlston Head?

At Durlston Head, at the beach at the southern end of Durlston Bay is the Jagged Rock. It consists of evaporite-limestone breccia, part of the Broken Beds, resting on calcitised evaporites of the Caps (with celestite).

What are the two types of coastlines?

Coastlines where the geology alternates between strata (or bands) of hard rock and soft rock are called discordant coastlines. A concordant coastline has the same type of rock along its length. Concordant coastlines tend to have fewer bays and headlands.

Is there a visitor centre at Durlston Castle?

The visitor centre at Durlston Castle is a must for all. You can also buy guides, maps, books, souvenirs and food and drink. A Ranger is always on duty to help you make the most of your trip to Durlston.

Is the Durlston Castle open on Boxing Day?

The Castle is open every day (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) between: Parts of the Castle are occasionally closed when weddings or functions are taking place – visit the Events page for details. The Durlston Shop is full of books, souvenirs of your visit, items of interest, gifts, bird food, plus a good selection binoculars and artwork.

Why is Durlston Castle important to Jurassic Coast?

Durlston Castle is an extraordinary Victorian building, which with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many others, took 8 years to transform, to provide a unique and beautiful facility for visitors to Durlston and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Why Visit Durlston Castle? The Castle is now the hub of the activities at Durlston.

How big is the country park at Durlston?

Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve makes for a great family day out in nature on a special spot along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast and in the Dorset AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Durlston boasts some 320 acres of cliff walks and countryside and is free to explore – walk from Swanage or simply pay to park at Durlston.