Ideas and Inspiration in Swanage

If you need some inspiration and a few extra ideas to make your trip to Swanage truly memorable, you’ve come to the right place. 

From family holidays and finding out where your dog is welcome, to planning a wheelchair accessible break or organising a wedding, we’ve got all the information you need. 

Family friendly

From day trips to the beach building sandcastles or watching Punch and Judy shows, to crab fishing from the quay or playing in the amusement arcades – this is what childhood memories are made of. 

Families will love riding on a steam train, exploring Durlston Castle, taking a boat trip and spending quality time together on a day trip or holiday to Swanage. 

Sustainable Swanage 

If being eco-friendly is important to you while on holiday, you’ll be pleased to hear that Swanage is a Plastic Free Community as well as a Fairtrade Town. 

You can buy local produce in the high street shops, as well as support local traders at the weekly Friday market. And it’s easy to refill your water bottle in the town as there are free, drinking water hydration stations along the seafront.  

Swanage for groups

Whether you are visiting Swanage with an education group, youth club or for a corporate team building away-day, there are plenty of options for group-friendly things to do in the town. 

There’s even a residential centre with views over Swanage Bay which caters for schools and youth groups. 

Dog friendly

Swanage has plenty of exhilarating places for dogs to exercise on, including beaches, green spaces and countryside footpaths to explore. The South West Coast Path national trail also passes through the town, which is a popular route with ramblers and dog walkers. 

Your dog will love a seaside escape to this nostalgic coastal town, as they will be welcomed at many cafes, shops, accommodation and attractions. 

Accessible Swanage

With the majority of Swanage town centre being flat and with wide pavements, it is easy to get around using a wheelchair or mobility scooter. 

The beautiful sandy beach is accessible for all visitors with ramps down onto the sand and beach matting in place during the summer months. 

A number of Swanage’s attractions are also accessible, welcoming disabled visitors including people with additional needs such as autism and learning difficulties.   

Weddings in Swanage

Swanage has a fantastic range of ceremony and reception venues and is a wonderful location to hold your wedding or civil partnership celebration

Why not opt for a traditional hotel wedding by the sea or choose something more unusual such as getting married on a pier or in a castle. 

Looking for a mini-moon destination? Why not start your marriage with a few days relaxing in this picturesque seaside resort and enjoy some of the south coast’s best weather. 

Group Travel

Coach parties, educational visits, walking groups and more are welcome in Swanage.

Accessible Swanage

There are many attractions and places to visit in Swanage which are accessible to all.

Family Friendly

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


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

Sustainable Holidays

If you're seeking a sustainable destination to visit, consider Swanage for your next break.

More to see and do...

On The Water

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

Walking and Trails

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