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The Coast Restaurant with commanding views across Swanage Bay, offers fine dining with exciting and...
Family-run hotel set amid the Purbeck countryside at quiet end of Swanage Bay with its own access...
Hire a bike and discover lots of interesting and exciting places to cycle including Corfe Castle,...
Enjoy a nostalgic steam-train ride on the Purbeck line. Steam trains run most weekend throughout...
The perfect getaway destination for all seasons.
Situated in the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, and a gateway town for exploring the Jurassic Coast a UNESCO world heritage site, Swanage is best known as a fun family resort, but it is also ideal for relaxing breaks, walking and cycling and for activity group and educational holidays.
Nearby are the picturesque destinations of the Isle of Purbeck including: Corfe Castle and Studland and the Purbeck stone built coastal villages for Worth Matravers and Langton Matravers which you can enjoy exploring on your visit.
RNLI lifeguards are situated within bathing zone which is the ideal location for your family swim.
Experience some of the south coast’s best weather while strolling along the promenade or why not hire one of the colourful beach huts to make your short break extra relaxing.
Paddling in the water, collecting sea shells and building sandcastles is something that children will remember for years to come.
If camping is more your style, pitch your tent in one of the family friendly campsites in and around Swanage or hire a camping pod or shepherd hut. Most sites also cater for caravans and Motorhomes.
Can’t bear to leave your canine friend at home?
That’s not a problem as we have many places for you to stay, eat and visit which will welcome your faithful companion.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy in Swanage. Why not join one of our outdoor adventure specialists and have a go at coasteering,
abseiling, climbing, paddle-boarding or kayaking?
Swanage Bay is a popular dive site for all standards of diver and has several diving schools and boat charter companies for both diving and seafishing.
Swanage has become a popular destination for sporting events, including marathons, triathlons and walking challenges because of the dramatic scenery.
Take a day cruise from Swanage Pier to Poole Quay with City Cruises for a scenic tour of the Jurassic Coast along the way. Or go on a real adventure on a classic cutter sail boat with Moonfleet Adventure Sailing.
The numerous local walking trails are celebrated during the annual Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival. But if you can’t wait until Festival time, you can join a guided walk or let one of our experts plan a walking holiday for you at any time of year.
Our cycle routes cover a variety of distances and abilities, both on and off-road.
Bring your own bike or hire one from one of our cycle hire experts.
Whatever the weather Swanage Beach Gardens Sports Park is great fun and value with putting green, tennis & outdoor bowls. Equipment is available to hire.
Catch the picture postcard branch line to the seaside with Swanage Railway. Steam trains run through the beautiful Purbeck countryside and past Corfe Castle to the sandy beach of Swanage.
Durlston Castle and Country Park is a countryside paradise just 30 minutes walk from Swanage Town Centre, with coastal walking, stunning views and amazing wildlife. Don’t miss Durlston Castle Visitor Centre for events and exhibitions.
Swanage Pier is an integral part of the character of Swanage, reflecting its Victorian splendour and rich heritage. Enjoy a stroll with the finest views of Swanage.
Uncover the story of Swanage at Swanage Museum - from Dinosaurs and the Jurassic Coast to Seaside Resort, stone trade and the Second World War.
Complete the Swanage Heritage Trail and gain passport stamps from the Swanage heritage attractions.
A firm favourite for visitors is our scrumptious traditional fish and chips.
If you are self catering or day visiting, Swanage offers a range of take away food and drink establishments from around the world.
Make sure you try our freshly caught seafood, our handmade fresh chocolate and a scoop or two of ice cream for dessert. Don’t miss the Swanage Fish Festival which takes place every June.
There’s no need to stock up before arriving as Swanage has independent butchers, bakers, fishmongers and farm shops and well known supermarkets.
There is always a local convenience store or campsite shop just round the corner but remember to try some of the locally produced food including: chocolate, ice cream, beer and cider and cheese. You won’t be disappointed!
Look out for Dorset Food and Drink and Purbeck Produce
• Town Market – Every Friday (April to October)
• Purbeck Produce Market – 2nd Saturday of the month
Whatever time of year you visit you will fine great entertainment, events and festivals.
For music lovers, the town has a fantastic range of festivals which everyone can enjoy, including Blues, Jazz and Folk.
The Regatta and Carnival Week offers the lively atmosphere of a Caribbean-style carnival plus spectacular fireworks, music and dancing.
The Fish Festival and Walking Festival are also popular with locals and visitors alike.
No visit to Swanage is complete without walking a stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Recognised by UNESCO for its outstanding geology, our coastline is part of England’s only natural World Heritage Site.
See spectacular geological features like nearby Old Harry Rocks.
Durlston Country Park has spectacular cliff top walks and a Castle Visitor Centre to help you discover the geology of 185 million years of Earth’s history. It can be enjoyed 365 days of the year and highlights include wild flowers, migrating birds and a breath-taking walk to the lighthouse.
Many Artisans live and work in and around Swanage selling their creations in the studios, galleries and workshops. Art lovers will find quality sculpture, photography, paintings, pottery, glass Jewellery and more. Immerse yourself in a range of creative festivals including the open studios of Purbeck and Dorset Arts Weeks.
The town has a central Theatre and Cinema offering a variety of plays, shows and pantomimes throughout the year. Don’t miss the autumn Purbeck Film Festival.
Follow the Swanage Seen Art Trail and learn about artists who were inspired by their surroundings. There are nine locations to visit, each showing a painting from the Isle of Purbeck by a different artist. Alternatively follow the Swanage and Purbeck Sculpture Trail, a new and enjoyable way to discover the stone heritage of Swanage and Purbeck.
Hotels and B&B's in Swanage
Self Catering and Camping in Swanage
Ideas for attractions to visit and activities to enjoy in Swanage
Enjoy an afternoon browsing the interesting range of shops in Swanage
Places to enjoy fresh and locally produced food and drink in Swanage
See our events calendar for the year round range of events and festivals in Swanage