View of Swanage Bay in Dorset behind five blue beach huts
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Visit Swanage a charming Victorian seaside resort

Located within the beautiful Isle of Purbeck on Dorset’s coastline, the seaside resort of Swanage evokes nostalgic holidays by the sea.

Known for its mild weather and unique micro-climate, it’s a destination for all seasons with fresh air and traditional seaside fun guaranteed. There’s a packed programme of year-round events and festivals for all ages and interests too.

The town has kept much of its original Victorian charm with a magnificent heritage pier, steam railway and clifftop castle. Sometimes known as ‘Little London By The Sea’, you’ll notice architecturally impressive buildings within the town, some of which originate from England’s capital city.

Swanage’s jewel in the crown is the award-winning golden sandy beach which is a firm favourite with families and is accessible to all visitors. But Swanage is more than just buckets and spades, it’s also a haven for watersport enthusiasts for diving, kayaking and sea fishing along this stretch of the world-famous Jurassic Coast.

Whether you’re visiting for a walking break to explore the South West Coast Path or seeking a relaxing seaside holiday, we’re sure you’ll create memories you’ll treasure forever in this pretty corner of Dorset.

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Walking and Trails

There are many coastal and countryside walking trails to follow in Swanage.

Family Friendly

Kids of all ages will love the family friendly attractions and activities on offer.


Swanage beach has been a family favourite with visitors for generations.

On The Water

Explore Swanage Bay by boat, jet ski, pedalo, paddleboard or kayak.


Swanage is the only town in Dorset to have its own Astronomy Centre and Observatory.

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Plan your visitto Swanage

How to get here

Swanage can be easily reached by road, coach, bus and boat, with a mainline train station just 10...

Where to Stay

For all budgets and requirements, there's a holiday accommodation in Swanage to suit.