Visitor Information for Swanage
To help you plan your visit to Swanage, here is some useful information including options for travelling to Swanage, where to park once you’ve arrived and ways to travel around the local area for days out.
If you are a disabled visitor or travelling with someone who has additional needs, we’ve provided extra accessible information to make planning your holiday or day trip that little bit easier.
There is a staffed Information Centre located on Swanage seafront which is open 7 days a week.
The friendly and knowledgeable team will help plan your visit to Swanage either before you arrive over the phone or email, or in person.
They can help with accommodation, events and days out enquiries as well as supplying paper copies of maps and leaflets to collect from the centre.
The nearest airport is 1 hour and 15 minutes drive away and ferries arriving from France and the Channel Islands arrive at Poole Port, a 45 minute drive.
Need to know where to park in Swanage?
There are 3 long stay car parks in Swanage which accept cars, motorcycles, motorhomes, campervans and coaches.
There are also 2 short stay car parks which allow parking for cars and motorbikes for up to 2 hours.
If you are arriving in Swanage with an electric vehicle, there are EV chargepoints in 2 of the car parks, both operated by PodPoint with 7kw connectors.
Because the majority of Swanage town centre is flat, its easy to walk or cycle around the town and along the seafront.
If you want to venture a little further out of town but don’t have a car or would rather have a car free day out, there are buses, trains and boats which can take you to other villages or towns for the day.
Visit Swanage Information Centre on the seafront to pick up bus, train and boat timetables.
The majority of Swanage town centre is flat making it easy to use a mobility scooter.
If you want to explore Durlston Country Park, they have 2 all-terrain Tramper mobility vehicles to hire for a small charge. They are especially designed to go off-road which means you can get access to parts of the park where a standard mobility scooter wouldn’t be able to go.
Alternatively, if you would like a paper copy, you can pick them up from Swanage Information Centre.
Swanage can be easily reached by road, coach, bus and boat, with a mainline train station just 10 miles away.
Swanage welcomes visitors arriving by car, motorbike, coach, motorhome and electric vehicle.
Neighbouring villages and local landmarks can be reached by bus and train.
Swanage Information Centre provides lots of to help make your visit to Swanage truly memorable.
There are many attractions and places to visit in Swanage which are accessible to all.
A map and guide for Swanage is available to download.
From hotels and B&Bs to cottages and apartments, all budgets are catered for in Swanage.
With over 60 places to eat out in Swanage, there's lots of choice for all budgets.
From heritage attractions and crazy golf to sea fishing and diving, whether on land or at sea,...
Swanage is located on the Jurassic Coast - a natural World Heritage Site.