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Durlston Country Park Aerial Shot
Durlston Head on the Purbeck coast

Durlston Castle from the Air
Durlston Castle from the air

How to Get Here

Where Are We?

Durlston is situated on the south coast of England, 40 miles south-west of Southampton, 20 miles from Bournemouth and 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset. (Grid ref. SZ 03 77)


By Road

For Satnav postcode is BH19 2JL

Take the A351 from Wareham (11 miles), or come across the Sandbanks-Studland ferry from Bournemouth (10 miles) to Swanage.

From Swanage follow the brown tourist signs up the hill.

Park in our pay and display car park.

On Foot

Walk in via one of the many public footpaths from Swanage or Langton Matravers or take the South West Coast Path from the west.

By Cycle

Follow the road up from Swanage. Once you get to Durlston there are no cycle routes or bridleways, so park your cycle at the secure stands by the Learning Centre.

By Bus

The Durlston Explorer bus will be returning for the summer of 2019. The bus timetable is available online at

From Poole and Bournemouth the buses arrive at Swanage Bus Station, from here it is a one mile walk - follow the Durlston and coast path signage. 

For details of buses from Bournemouth (no. 50) and Poole/Wareham (no 40) see Wilts & Dorset

By Train

The nearest mainline train station is Wareham (11 miles) or Bournemouth (across the Ferry on the number 50 bus). 

There is a steam train that runs from Swanage to Corfe Castle. 

Other Options

For full public transport details call Dorset Traveline on 0870 6082608.

Have you thought about car sharing? Visit the website, and sign up for this more environmentally-friendly way to travel.