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. 

Swanage Information Centre 

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.  

How to get to Swanage 

If you're wondering how to get to Swanage - it is easily accessed by road, bus, coach and train.  

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. 

Parking in Swanage

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. 

Travelling around the town and surrounding area 

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. 

Accessible Swanage 

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. 

Many of Swanage’s visitor attractions and eateries offer facilities for disabled visitors. The beautiful golden sand beach is also accessible to wheelchairs via ramps and beach matting. 

Maps and guides 

You can download a town centre map and visitor guide before you arrive in resort. 

Alternatively, if you would like a paper copy, you can pick them up from Swanage Information Centre

How to get here

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

Parking

Swanage welcomes visitors arriving by car, motorbike, coach, motorhome and electric vehicle.

Accessible Swanage

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

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Where to Stay

From hotels and B&Bs to cottages and apartments, all budgets are catered for in Swanage.