Where to Stay in Swanage

Welcome to the picturesque coastal town of Swanage, nestled along the stunning Jurassic Coastline.  

This charming seaside town has kept much of its original Victorian character and boasts an award-winning family-friendly beach together with a variety of top attractions.  

Whether you're planning a weekend getaway with friends, a family vacation or a romantic retreat, Swanage offers a range of superb accommodation options from charming bed and breakfasts to luxurious seaside hotels. 

Let's explore the best places to stay in Swanage… 

Independent hotels 

You’ll be in for a treat if you choose a hotel break in Swanage as some are situated on the clifftops offering breathtaking views across the bay, allowing guests to wake up to the soothing sound of the waves and the sight of the sea stretching to the horizon.  

The hotels here are all independent establishments and benefit from fantastic facilities such as gyms and spas, private beaches, gourmet restaurants and swimming pools, ensuring you’ll have a stay to remember!  

Welcoming bed & breakfasts 

With their unique character and passionate local hosts, Bed & Breakfast accommodation is an excellent choice to add a personal touch to your holiday.  

The majority of Swanage's B&Bs are conveniently situated within walking distance of the town's attractions, including the sandy beach, Victorian pier, heritage steam railway and Durlston Country Park

Kickstart your day of adventure with a delicious home-cooked breakfast before venturing out to explore all there is to see and do in the area.  

Self-catering holiday properties 

Opting for a cottage or apartment in Swanage gives you the ideal base to enjoy a more independent holiday and allows you to live like a local whilst enjoying the comforts of a home away from home. 

Swanage has a wide range of holiday cottages and sea view apartments that can cater for families, individuals, dogs and groups. 

Embark on scenic walks from your doorstep, discover hidden Purbeck gems and browse local farmers markets to stock up your larder with fresh, local produce - perfect for picnics!  

Camping and holiday parks 

Camping in Swanage offers a laidback, peaceful holiday style where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. 

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it’s the perfect chance to get back to nature and enjoy the simple pleasures in life - crackling campfires, stargazing and sharing stories.  

Swanage offers a variety of sites from secluded shepherd’s huts and rustic campsites to larger caravan parks with plenty of amenities including shops, children's play areas, and even swimming pools or leisure complexes for added entertainment and relaxation.  

Dog friendly Swanage 

If you can’t bear to leave your four-legged friend at home, there’s no need to despair as Swanage has many places for you to stay that will welcome you and your faithful companion. 

With dog friendly beaches and plenty of lovely long rambles nearby, your dog will love its holiday in Swanage as much as you do.  

Look out for our pet friendly accommodation where your dog can holiday with you. 

Find out more about Swanage 

Once you have your accommodation planned you will need to discover what there is to see and do in Swanage, including where to eat and which events and festivals to visit, as well as investigating all the quirky independent shops. 

For further suggestions and ideas, please pop in to (or contact) our Information Centre, where the team will be able to assist you. 


Millbrook Guest House

Millbrook is a family run B&B that has been providing accommodation to holiday makers and visitors to the area for over one hundred years. We offer modern rooms, with free wi-fi and our own...

Grand Hotel

Located in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, The Grand Hotel has stunning views across the bay and has direct access from the gardens to the private beach. The Burlington Health Spa and...

The Pines Hotel

We are an independently run, 43 bedroom cliff top hotel, enjoying stunning, panoramic views of Swanage Bay with our own private access to the sandy beach below. Quietly situated close to the South...

Dorset Cottage Holidays

Dorset Cottage Holidays is a an independent, family run agency, established over 20 years ago and located locally in the heart of Corfe Castle in Dorset. We offer over 60 holiday cottages in Swanage,...

Corfe and Purbeck Holidays

Corfe & Purbeck Holidays specialise in letting quality self catering holiday properties in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.  All of our our cottages are well equipped, comfortably...

Westland Holiday Flats

Westland is a family run business established and operated by the same family since 1981. Consisting of three flats, two maisonettes and three studio flats, all of which are self contained with...

9 Quayside Court

The perfect destination for a seaside break in Swanage, Dorset - less than five minutes walk along the promenade to the sandy beach. This top floor apartment with private lift has three bedrooms...

The Limes

A warm welcome awaits all, at The Limes. Choose form a selection of double, twin and family rooms, all ensuite and some with sea views. There are also three single rooms, which share...

Taunton House B&B

Welcome to our dog friendly bed and breakfast in the heart of lovely Swanage. Taunton House is a stunning Purbeck stone villa right in the heart of town. Maintaining its Victorian charm and...

Original Cottages

Choose from our hand-picked selection of apartments, cottages and houses, sleeping up to 9 people, in popular locations throughout Dorset. We are proud of the choice we can give you – whether...

Swanage Bay View Holiday Home Park

Overlooking the beautiful Jurassic Coastline, Swanage Bay View has unrivalled views of one of the most beautiful locations in the UK. With only a 15-minute walk to the beach, you can enjoy a day in...

Bella Vista

Relax in the delightful surroundings at Bella Vista bed and breakfast and coastal retreat. The attractive, 6 bedroom Victorian villa, built in 1900 has everything you need for a getaway by the sea,...

The Dolphins

The Dolphins is a spacious chalet-style seaside house a short distance from the centre of Swanage, Dorset and is perfect for family holidays and weekends away by the sea.  It is a self-catering...

Purbeck House Hotel

The Purbeck House Hotel Swanage is an enchanting Victorian Manor House located just minutes away from Swanage Bay and Swanage Railway. Nestled in extensive gardens in the centre of Swanage, this...

Island Cottage Holidays

Island Cottage Holidays specialise in character cottages in attractive rural and coastal surroundings throughout the Isle of Purbeck. We have a number of traditional stone cottages and thatched...

Swanage Holiday Apartments

We are pleased to be able to offer two adjacent two-bedroom 2nd floor apartments in a purpose-built building located in a quiet side street just 50 metres from the waterfront and glorious town beach....

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Hotels & B&Bs

Check out a wonderful selection of hotels and B&Bs that will really bring the best out of your visit.


Holiday parks, cosy cottages and apartments by the sea, we have it all.

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Markets and Shopping

As well as lots of small, independent shops, there's also a weekly market in Swanage every Friday.

What's On

There's a packed events programme throughout the whole year in Swanage.

Things To Do

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