Swanage Beach is one of the main attractions of the town.
The waters are clean, and the beach has won many European Blue Flag Awards, as well as the Encams Quality Coast Award.
Swanage Beach has a well earned reputation for being a good place to soak up the sun and play in the sand and sea.
Deck chairs are available for hire, as are pedaloes, kayaks and sun beds.
Swanage Beach runs the length of the town and is backed by a promenade lined with amusements and attractions.
It is found on the South West Coast Path.
Diver training and excursions run regularly from Swanage.
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Map & Directions
Depending on where you are coming from, there are two ways to Swanage – one is in from the north on the A351 via Wareham and Corfe Castle.
Take Route 2 if you are coming from the North West or West of England and if you think that Route 1 through Bournemouth will be busy or if told the ferry is not operating.
Route 1 is best if you are coming from the North, Midlands or East and is via Bournemouth on the ferry from Sandbanks to Studland operating daily 7 a.m. to 11 p.m..
If you are coming from the North or Midlands go south on the A34 and take the M3 going west.
If from the South East of England pick up the M3 and go west.
In either case leave the M3 at Exit 13 onto the M27 West which later becomes the A31.
Immediately after Ringwood turn left on the A338 to Bournemouth.
Obey the 50 mph limit and keep on this dual carriageway until it becomes a two way road approaching the large roundabout in Poole with office buildings in the centre.
Take the left lane and second exit to Sandbanks.
Keep on this road, over a set of traffic lights, down hill towards a beach with a car park, up hill and through traffic lights at Canford Cliffs, left at the mini-roundabout and downhill again this time to Poole Harbour.
Turn left at the bottom and follow signs for the ferry which goes on the hour and every 20 minutes to Studland.
Having crossed on the ferry (£3 50 for car + passengers) drive straight on through Studland (or maybe stop first at National Trust café on the beach - the car park is free to their members).
After the village and a couple of sharp bends, fork left to Swanage.
Turn right off the Swanage sea front road at the stone jetty that has a shelter with a clock - in summer the road ahead is closed during the day anyway.
Go along Victoria Avenue, where you will find Main Beach Car park
if you are coming from the West of England take the A352 from Dorchester via Wool to Wareham.
Turn right at the roundabout on the A351 for Swanage.
From the North West take the A350 around Blandford Forum and then turn right at Spetisbury on the B3075.
When it joins the busy A31 turn right and then left back onto the B3075.
Take care crossing the A35 and keep on until the roundabout where you turn right onto the A351 to Wareham and Swanage.
Either go through Wareham town, which is pretty and has a number of pubs, or follow signs to Swanage round the ring road.
If you are coming from the South East having decided against the ferry, stay on the A31 after Ringwood - i.e. do NOT turn off onto the A338 to Bournemouth - and follow signs to Dorchester (but do not go that far).
After many roundabouts and a very long brick wall on your left turn left onto the B3075 and proceed as above.
From Wareham continue on the A351 through the picturesque village of Corfe Castle (or maybe stop for a quick tour) to Swanage.
Initially the town is on your right with meadows and views of the Downs to the left.
Soon after passing the Royal Oak pub on the right you will see a sign where the road divides.
Go straight on and follow the signs to main beach car park.
Public Transport Directions
By Train & Bus:
From The West:
The nearest mainline railway station is Wareham (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line).
Catch the number 40 bus from Wareham Railway Station to Swanage Bus/Railway Station (this bus route starts in Poole).
At times when the Swanage Railway is running: Travel on the number 40 bus to Corfe Castle (East Street stop) then catch the steam train from Corfe Castle Station to Swanage.
Tel: 01929 425800 or visit their website: www.swanagerailway.co.uk
From The East:
Catch the train to Bournemouth Railway Station then transfer to the number 50 bus to Swanage Bus/Railway Station.
You can buy a combined train and bus ticket from any staffed South West Train station for this journey.
To plan your journey by public transport contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: www.travelinesw.com to look up bus timetables.