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Swanage & Purbeck

The area is the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site – travel along the South West Dorset Coast Path and pass Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

Fancy a day at the beach? Enjoy Swanage’s Blue Flag sandy beach or the more rugged 4 mile stretch of sand at Studland National Nature Reserve.

If nature is more your thing, Durlston Country Park is a perfect place to discover the area’s rich wildlife, as is Brownsea Island and Wareham Forest. 

For further information about the area or to plan a holiday or day out, please contact our Tourist Information Centres. 

Swanage Purbeck Highlights

When it comes to accommodation, you really are catered for.

Cosy cottages, farmhouses and B&Bs, picturesque campsites, grand hotels and bustling local inns and hostels give plenty of options for your visit to Swanage and Purbeck.

In terms of places to visit, we definitely recommend historic Wareham and Corfe Castle, the traditional Victorian resort of Swanage or the coastal towns and villages of Studland, Kimmeridge, West Lulworth and Worth Matravers.

If you are looking for things to do and family friendly attractions - castles, steam railways, children’s animal farms, model villages and country parks and gardens – there is something for everyone in Swanage and Purbeck.

Looking for activities to take part in?....walking and cycling are always a popular choices.

You could also try kayaking, sailing, horse riding, outdoor pursuits or a boat cruise along the coast, around Poole Harbour or along the River Frome.

When it comes to food and drink, with lots of restaurants, cafés, bistros, pubs and tea rooms in Swanage and Purbeck, there is something on offer for all tastes and budgets. If you fancy eating in, we have tasty takeaways too!

Last but not least, it is always a good idea to keep up to date with whats on as theres always events to fill your calendar from family fun to festivals, exhibitions and performances.