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Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project

Durlston have successfully applied to the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery for funding towards developing detailed proposals for the revitalisation, renovation and improvements of the historic landscape at Durlston for the local community and for heritage - Map of project area.

In August 2016 the 1 year development stage began and we will be producing proposals for the project over the next year, public consultation will one of the major activities during this time. 


How Can You Get Involved?

Take part in the consultation process


Sponsor an item


Provide your expertise


Offer some practical help



Durlston Castle (1900)

Durlston Castle Restaurant
Durlston Castle restaurant (undated)
Durlston Castle from the Air
Modern aerial view of Durlston Castle

Durlston Castle was built between 1887 and 1891 as the centrepiece of George Burts Durlston estate.



Project Aims

  • Enhancing the management and conservation of the area's internationally important heritage
  • Improving access and providing greater opportunities particularly for disabled visitors, young people and under-represented groups.
  • Enhancing enjoyment, awareness and understanding of the heritage through the provision of high quality interpretation and information 
  • Providing new opportunities for learning and family activities based in an exciting, newly refurbished visitor facility.
  • Expanding opportunities for volunteer involvement through Friends of Durlston and other volunteering and training opportunities.
  • Providing the facilities for an expanded range of community uses supporting local events and activities.
  • Improving the management and conservation of the wider 'Burt landscape'.
  • Providing a significant asset for Swanage, of particular value to the local community. 
  • Promoting exercise, healthy living and well being through countryside activity, recreation and enjoyment.
  • Improving people's understanding of their impact on the world around them and encourage more sustainable lifestyles.
  • Working with local schools and universities to encourage project involvement and longer-term associations.
  • Ensuring that Durlston continues to offer a safe, welcoming and tranquil environment for people to enjoy.

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