Durlston Bay

Visit Durlston Bay

Durlston Bay just south of the resort of Swanage, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, is a rocky beach backed by cliffs. This beach is a well known fossil hunting spot and attracts experienced fossil hunters throughout the year.

Access to the beach is from the coast guard tower, at Peveril Point. There is risk of cliff falls here so care must be taken when on this beach.

The Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve backs the beach and has a visitor centre and gallery in the stunning renovated Victorian castle.

This beach is …

  • Great For Fossil Hunting

What to see and do

  • Explore the local coastline

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Places to stay

  • Holiday Cottages

Holiday accommodation near this beach

Have a great day out by the coast

Photo by UK Beach Days

Getting To Durlston Bay

Beach Location


There is a carpark close to the beach

Nearest Train


Taking a trip to the beach. Get there by train or car.

Map of Durlston Bay

Explore the UK coastline

beautiful beach on South West England coast

What’s On along the Coast

Throughout the year there are a series of events and festivals taking place along the Coast. Find out What’s On from food festivals to cultural and sporting events.

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Get active on the beach

Find the best beaches for water sports. Learn to kitesurfsurf or sail at schools around the UK. Lessons are available to suit all abilities.

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