Durlston is the perfect place to start exploring Dorset's internationally acclaimed coast and countryside. With stunning sea views, superb coastal walking, exiting events and amazing wildlife, there's plenty to see and do.Durlston is carefully managed for conservation and public enjoyment by Dorset County Council.
Durlston Castle is well worth exploring. Ejnoy interactive displays, relax on the rooftop terrace or check out live wildlife cameras and the latest dolphin sightings. The castle offers superb access for visitors with disabilities.
A Ranger is always on hand to make sure you get the most out of your day and entry to the castle and park is free (car parking charges apply).
There is level access from the main entrance to:Main ReceptionReception Accessible Toilet2nd Floor Accessible ToiletGallery Accessible ToiletSeventh Wave CafeDurlston Castle ShopGalleryDurlston National Nature Reserve
There is level access from the car park to:Learning Centre Picnic Area
Travel by public transport
Drop off outside the castle is available if required. An assistance call point is available in the main car park.
Path to main entrance
The timeline provides a hard surfaced gently sloping path with handrails to the main entrance of the Castle from the car parks. The Castle has push button automatic doors. A Visual Story designed as a guide for people with Autism is available on the access page of our website.
Getting around inside
Visual Impairment - General Information
Lifts to all floors
Ticket/ information desk
Things to See and Do
Reception Accessible Toilet
2nd Floor Accessible Toilet
Gallery Accessible Toilet
Durlston Castle Shop
Place to eat and drink
Seventh Wave Cafe
For any further enquiries regarding the cafe, call 01929 421111
Getting around outside
Designated Walking Trail
The Lighthouse Road
Learning Centre Picnic Area
Several other picnic areas are available throughout the park.
Durlston National Nature Reserve
Durlston covers 340 acres with a wide variety of habitats and terrain.
Customer care support
We provide electric trampers to explore our trails and an all terrain K2 Trekinetic offroad manual wheelchair. We also provide glideboards in reception.
Mobility vehicles can be charged on request at the main reception of The Castle.
Emergency evacuation procedures
Customer care support
We have a BSL video tour available for hire from the main reception desk at Durlston Castle. Please ask for it at reception.