The sandy beach is one of the main attractions of the town. The waters are clean, and the beach has won many European Blue Flag Awards, as well as the Encams Quality Coast Award. Swanage beach has a well earned reputation for being a good place to soak up the sun and play in the sand and sea.
Deck chairs are available for hire, as are pedaloes, kayaks and sun beds. The beach runs the length of the town and is backed by a promenade lined with amusements and attractions. It is found on the South West Coast Path.
Diver training and excursions run regularly from Swanage. Other water sports include sailing, water-skiing and wind surfing.
- Beach Awards Blue Flag Award 2016
- Beach Awards Seaside Award 2016 2016
Map & Directions
Route 1: If you are coming from the North or Midlands go south on the A34 and take the M3 going west. If from the South East of England pick up the M3 and go west. Leave the M3 at Exit 13 onto the M27 West which later becomes the A31. Immediately after Ringwood turn left on the A338 to Bournemouth. Follow signs to Poole, then Sandbanks. Follow signs for the car ferry which goes on the hour and every 20 minutes between Sandbanks and Studland. After driving off the ferry, drive straight on through Studland then fork left to Swanage. Follow signs to the main beach car park.
Route 2: If are coming from the West of England take the A352 from Dorchester via Wool to Wareham, then the A351 for Swanage. From the North West take the A350 around Blandford Forum and then turn right at Spetisbury on the B3075. When it joins the busy A31 turn right and then left back onto the B3075. Keep going until you reach the A351 towards Swanage.
Public Transport Directions
By Train & Bus:
From The West:
The nearest mainline railway station is Wareham (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line).
Catch the number 40 bus from Wareham Railway Station to Swanage Bus/Railway Station (this bus route starts in Poole).
At times when the Swanage Railway is running: Travel on the number 40 bus to Corfe Castle (East Street stop) then catch the steam train from Corfe Castle Station to Swanage.
Tel: 01929 425800 or visit their website: www.swanagerailway.co.uk
From The East:
Catch the train to Bournemouth Railway Station then transfer to the number 50 bus to Swanage Bus/Railway Station.
You can buy a combined train and bus ticket from any staffed South West Train station for this journey.
To plan your journey by public transport contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: www.travelinesw.com to look up bus timetables.
- Beach Hut hire available from the Tourist Information Centre
- Pleasure boat cruises
- Tourist Information (may be seasonal)
- Watersports equipment hire
- Free Entry
- Outdoor Attraction
- Easy access from main roads/good public transport links
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - along the seafront past the clock tower with Blue badge displayed. Also several disabled bays within the town centre.
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge) - The main beach car and coach park is found on Victoria Avenue
- Cafes/Licensed Family Restaurants/Refreshments
- Open all year