Explore the coast in Swanage A seaside paradise

Swanage is a haven for nature enthusiasts, history buffs and beachgoers alike, offering a diverse range of activities and sights along its breathtaking coastline; Swanage promises an unforgettable coastal exploration adventure. 

Swanage lies on an attractive sweep of coastline that is backed by the Purbeck hills, with cliffs to the west and long flat beaches to the east. 

Swanage Beach 

Swanage Beach, with its golden sands and crystal-clear waters, is the perfect place to start your day on the coast. This beach has won the international Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for over 22 consecutive years, as it is one of the best well-managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes. The Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline. 

Whether you're looking to soak up the sun, build sandcastles with the family, or simply take a leisurely stroll along the shore, Swanage beach and bay has it all.  

The calm waters are ideal for paddling and swimming, making it a popular spot for both visitors and locals. There is also a safe swimming zone which is operated by the RNLI lifeguards from May to September. 

The beach is backed by a promenade lined with amusements and attractions, where you can hire a deckchair, pedalo or kayak, as well as indulging in a delicious ice cream! 

Why not hire a beach hut for a day or two (or week!) where you can store all your beachy items and use as a base during your stay. 

Swanage coastal walks 

Take a walk along a section of the South West Coast Path, which winds its way along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast. The section between Swanage and Durlston Country Park is particularly rewarding as you'll encounter panoramic vistas, lush meadows and intriguing paths. 

Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering a chance to spot dolphins, seals and a variety of seabirds from its coastal cliffs. The country park is vast with many walking trails to choose from depending on your interests and fitness levels. 

The South West Coast Path also connects Swanage with neighbouring villages and popular landmarks such as Old Harry Rocks and Anvil Point Lighthouse. 

Swanage Pier 

Don't forget to visit the Victorian Swanage Pier, which has been meticulously restored and serves as a hub for water sports, boats trips, fishing and leisurely strolls over the glistening sea. 

Swanage pier is a popular dive site for new and qualified divers, being one of the few sheltered sea diving sites on the south coast. 

Swanage Beach fun and games

If you’re looking for some fun and games whilst at the beach, then head over to Swanage Beach Gardens where you’ll find a range of activities from an 18-hole putting green and table tennis to basketball, outdoor bowls and a spot of tennis…let the competition begin! 

Tastes of the sea 

You can savour the freshest seafood at one of Swanage's seafood restaurants while gazing out at the serene sea.  

Watching the sun dip below the Purbeck hills, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink, is a magical way to conclude your day at the beach in Swanage. 

Neighbouring coast 

Beyond its pristine beaches, Swanage offers a unique opportunity to explore the Jurassic Coast.  

As you venture west from Swanage, you'll discover the rugged cliffs and breath-taking rock formations that have been shaped by millions of years of natural processes. These cliffs reveal the Jurassic geologic time period of limestone and chalks, which are best seen on a boat trip from Swanage Pier

Make the mostof the coast


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

Walking and Trails

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

On the Water

With its crystal-clear waters, stunning cliffs, and an abundance of marine life, Swanage provides an ideal backdrop...

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Things To Do

Heritage attractions, watersports, walking trails and beaches are all on offer in Swanage.

Where to Stay

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

Dog Friendly

Many of the parks, attractions and eateries welcome dogs and Monkey Beach is dog friendly all year...