Swanage

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

Attractions in Swanage…

Stunning Landscapes and Amazing Wildlife
Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, UK
A fun way to enjoy a family day out on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
Location: Swanage Railway – (Norden,Station), Norden Roundabout, Swanage, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5DW, UK

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Burngate Stone Carving Centre

Swanage
Stone carving, sculpture & art and craft courses

Durlston Country Park and Castle

Swanage
Stunning Landscapes and Amazing Wildlife

Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

Swanage
Take a trip back in time to Swanage’s past.

Swanage Pier

Swanage
Traditional Victorian Seaside Pier with stunning views over Swanage Bay

Swanage Railway

Corfe
A fun way to enjoy a family day out on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

The Mowlem Theatre and Cinema

Swanage
Enjoy Great Movies and Theatre by the Sea!
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Food & Drink in Swanage…

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Coast Restaurant and Cafe at The Grand Hotel, Swanage

Swanage
Dine Out at The Grand Hotel with Stunning Sea Views!

Coastal Crust Cafe and Pizzeria

Swanage
Fresh local sourced menu and Neapolitan hand-crafted PIzzas

The Showbar, Taproom and Bar at The Mowlem

Swanage
The best views in Swanage!
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Gee Whites Seafood Restaurant

Gee Whites

'Seafood restaurant specialising in locally caught lobster, crab, whelks and other shellfish.'

1 High St, Swanage
BH19 2LN. Tel: 01929 425720
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The 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro

The 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro

'Situated at the bottom of Swanage Pier, with lovely views across the bay serving a great variety of food'

Marine villas, Pier Approach Swanage
BH19 2AW. Tel: 01929 500387
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The Black Swan Inn

The Black Swan Inn

'A good old fashioned pub serving a lovingly-selected range of drinks as well as delicious food'

159 High Street, Swanage, BH19 2NE.
Tel: 01929 423846
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Salt Pig Too

Salt Pig Too

'Urban farm shop, butchery and café'

7-9 Station Road, Swanage
BH19 1AB. Tel: 01929 423616
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Chilled Red

Chilled Red

'Lovely restaurant with friendly staff and great tasting food.'

1-5 Commercial Rd, Swanage
BH19 1DF Tel: 01929 426066
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The Globe Inn

The Globe Inn

'A traditional warm and friendly pub serving the local community and visitors alike.'

3 Bell Street, Swanage
Tel: 01929 423515
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Shopping in Swanage…

Farm shop, campsite, farmhouse, holiday cottage
Location: Norden Farm Shop, Norden, Wareham BH20 5DS, UK

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AP Taxi’s Swanage

Swanage
Taxi Service for Swanage and Purbeck

Imagine Boutique

Swanage
A little slice of fashion heaven in Swanage!
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The Grand Hotel

Swanage
Traditional hotel with stunning sea views!

Tom’s Field Campsite

Swanage
Traditional Rural Camping near Swanage. Nothing fancy!
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