Swanage has everything you would expect from a traditional seaside town.
Welcome to Swanage, a traditional, family friendly seaside resort in Purbeck. Known for its mild weather and unique micro-climate this attractive town is also an ideal base for exploring the Jurassic Coast and and the beautiful coutryside of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.
Swanage is located on the eastern end of the Purbeck Peninsula. Until the early 19th century, Swanage remained a small fishing port, also shipping stone from nearby quarries.
Swanage Pier is a defining feature of Swanage, with its Victorian design and heritage. It offers beautiful sea views, and has a fascinating history dating back to 1859, when the original pier was built. The current pier was built in 1896, originally for use by the paddle steamer industry. Read more about the History of Swanage Pier.
The Swanage Railway was contructed in 1885, this caused Swanage’s popularity as a seaside resort to sky rocket. In 1975, the railway was eventually closed after increased car ownership lead to its decline. However, in recent years, the railway has reopened as a heritage railway attraction, operating diesel and steam trains. It is now one of the most popular attractions in Swanage. You can now take a trip on the steam railway to the nearby village of Corfe, with its famous Corfe Castle. It has a busier steam and diesel timetable than virtually any other preserved steam railway.
Relax on Swanage’s award winning sandy beaches. The wide Swanage Bay has great views to the Isle of Wight and to the north are chalk cliffs leading to Old Harry Rocks.
Visit the fantastic selection of restaurants, cafes and shops in the town centre. There are also fun leisure activities at the Santa Fe Fun Park in Swanage including Crazy Golf, or you can practice your golfing swings with Pitch and Putt at the Beach Gardens or Kirkwood park.
Swanage also boasts the Durlston Country Park and Castle. This national nature reserve is part of the Jurassic coast with stunning views of the limestone sea cliffs.’s