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This small town surrounds a beautiful curved bay and offers a seaside experience with a difference. Enjoy the soft sand and the award winning beach front whilst being surrounded by Purbeck’s natural beauty and wildlife. Make your first port of call the Tourist Information Centre on Shore Road.
Although the area is now known as Swanage, it used to be home to dinosaurs and Viking invasions. The town itself grew from the stone industry and all around Purbeck Stone was quarried. At one point if a man wasn’t a quarryman he would have been a sailor.
One Victorian (George Burt) made the trade big business working in high profile areas of London and took an interest in street furniture that was being removed in the city. He brought it back using it as ballast and now Swanage is dotted with lots of old London landmarks including frontages and columns from such buildings as Billingsgate Fish Market and the structure of Wellington’s Clock Tower. You can find out more by walking the town trails, leaflets for which are available at Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre in The Square.
Swanage has many attractions including the pier, the beach, watersports and diving, boat trips, amusement arcades, beach gardens, heritage centre and Swanage Railway. There is also the Purbeck Way walking route and South West Coast Path to explore Purbeck's countryside and the Jurassic Coast.
One of the area’s greatest attractions, Durlston County Park, is also adjacent to the town. This is a large National Nature Reserve with lots of activities for children plus it is one of the best bird and dolphin watching areas in the country.
The Swanage Railway is a heritage railway running through six miles of beautiful Purbeck...0.05 miles away
Beach huts are let on a daily or weekly basis. They are a popular feature and are provided with a...0.1 miles away
The Mowlem Theatre and Cinema can seat up to 400 people and has a combined programme of film...0.11 miles away
Workshop and shop housed in a Listed building of special architectural and historic interest...0.13 miles away
The beach is one of the main attractions of the town with thousands flocking to Swanage every...0.16 miles away
The Museum and Heritage Centre is situated in the Old Market Building (built in the 1890's) on...0.16 miles away
Beach huts are let on a daily or weekly basis. They are a popular feature and are provided with a...0.25 miles away
Beach huts are let on a daily or weekly basis. They are a popular feature and are provided with a...0.27 miles away
Swanage Pier was built in 1896 and was originally used for the thriving paddle steamer industry...0.37 miles away
Working Station, open daily unless any emergencies arise.0.47 miles away
With over 40 years’ experience of welcoming residential educational groups, Harrow House...0.48 miles away
Durlston Country Park, National Nature Reserve and Castle, situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset,...1.04 miles away
Restored coach house of old rectory Langton Matravers. Static exhibits, facsimile of an underground...1.96 miles away
Traditional stone carving courses for all the family. Gallery of sculpture and local art and crafts...2.61 miles away
Old Harry Rocks are two chalk sea stacks located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in...2.68 miles away
Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 3 miles from South Haven Point to the chalk cliffs of...3.49 miles away