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Jurassic Coast

England’s only natural World Heritage Site The Jurassic Coast needs no introduction: renowned worldwide for its breathtaking scenery and geological…

Swanage Coastal Park

One of Dorset’s hidden gems for a holiday is the award-winning Swanage Coastal Park, with its peaceful setting and panoramic views across Swanage.

Ferries

Explore Swanage from coast to coast by hopping on one of the ferries that dock here, or take a short cruise somewhere new from Swanage Pier. A ferry…

The Swanage School

The Swanage School is the town’s only secondary school, serving students from Swanage and the surrounding Purbeck locality. An Academy school since…

Airbnb Swanage

With Swanage being the only seaside town in Purbeck, it’s an extremely popular location for holidaymakers from both here in the UK and abroad, so you’ll…

Tide times

It’s always worth checking the tide times and sea state for Swanage or Studland before heading to the beach for a swim, going fishing or taking your…

YHA Swanage

Stay at the YHA in Swanage for a budget-friendly, relaxed holiday right in the heart of the only seaside town along Purbeck’s Jurassic Coast.

The Grand Hotel

A Victorian clifftop hotel overlooking Swanage Bay, the Grand boasts traditional charm, sweeping sea views and friendly service from its attentive staff.

Durdle Door

One of the most-loved natural landmarks of Dorset and a highlight of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Durdle Door attracts thousands of visitors…

Lulworth Range walks

An intriguing way to explore the Purbeck countryside and Jurassic coastline is via the Lulworth Range walks. The ranges encompass part of the South…

West Lulworth

If you are visiting Lulworth Cove, allow extra time to meander the picture-postcard streets of West Lulworth village, which has thatched cottages and window…

Lulworth Cove

Nestled at the foot of the picturesque village of West Lulworth, Lulworth Cove is one of the most photographed beauty spots in Britain and an important…

Isle of Purbeck

Not strictly an isle, but a peninsula, the Isle of Purbeck is home to a diverse array of wildlife, intriguing historical sites and areas of global…

Wareham

The historic market town of Wareham, with its beautiful river frontage, is a gateway to the Isle of Purbeck. If you spotted the signs for Wareham on…

Poole to Swanage

You can get to Swanage from Poole by road and by sea for a quick and convenient way to spend the day at the beach. Drive, take a direct bus, or…

Walks & hiking

We are spoilt for choice in Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck with so many wonderful places to explore. To make it easier for you to plan your visit we…

Man O’ War Bay

The smaller of Durdle Door’s two beaches, Man O’ War Bay, is an enclosed cove, perfect for picnicking and wiling away the hours in a stunning…

Agglestone Rock

The Agglestone is one of Purbeck’s curious and quirky landmarks that have been delighting – and puzzling – people for generations.

Durlston Head

Durlston Castle and Country Park sit on the promontory of land that is Durlston Head. The headland makes for interesting geology, as well as a good…

Anvil Point

Home to the Anvil Point Lighthouse, built in the 1800s, the headland of Anvil Point is just one location for stunning seascapes and excellent walking within…

Harman’s Cross

Situated between Swanage and Corfe Castle, the small size of the village of Harman’s Cross belies its busy and thriving community. The village…

South Beach, Studland

If you love Studland’s beaches but would prefer a more local vibe head to South Beach. It still benefits from the safe, shallow waters that…

Tyneham Beach

Sometimes referred to as Tyneham Beach, this stretch of sand and pebble is most commonly known as Worbarrow Bay. A short walk from the abandoned…

Purbeck Breezer

There are two main Purbeck Breezer bus routes serving Swanage – from Poole and from Bournemouth. The No. 40 bus to Poole and the No. 50 to…

Sports & activities

Whether you’re coming to Swanage for its watersports, coasteering and biking opportunities, or just want to keep up your normal exercise routine,…

Stair Hole

This intriguing landform and small cove can be easily missed on your trip to Lulworth Cove, but making your way up the short path to see Stair Hole is well…

Durlston Castle

In the grounds of Durlston Country Park sits a beautiful, restored Victorian faux castle that stands looking out over the sea, set in acres of unique…

Clavell Tower

This circular, Grade II, Tuscan-style tower overlooking Kimmeridge Bay is one of the most dramatic locations to be found on the Jurassic Coast. You…

Langton Matravers

Langton Matravers lies just two miles outside Swanage and has several excellent walking trails, as well as a village…

Chapman’s Pool

If your idea of a dream day at the beach involves a wild and secluded bay where you can wile away the hours watching the odd passing boat and reading a good…

Swanage Bay

Swanage is probably most well-known for its superb, sweeping sandy bay, which has been drawing visitors for generations.

Worbarrow Bay

You might discover this expanse of shingle and sand beach by chance on a visit to the abandoned village of Tyneham. Tucked away at the foot of the…

Dancing Ledge

One of Purbeck’s most famous landmarks sits just under the cliffs near the villages of Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers. Dancing Ledge is…

Lulworth

The area of Lulworth in Dorset comprises two picture-postcard villages, a 17th Century castle set in acres of grounds, and several of Britain’s most…

Durlston Country Park

Meander through hay meadows, explore quiet woodland trails and be wowed by stunning sea views at Durlston – just a stone’s throw from Swanage…

Swanage Golf Games

Challenge your friends and family to a round of pitch and putt at Swanage Golf Games. Located close to the centre of Swanage at Kirkwood Park, and…

Worth Matravers

The drive up to Worth Matravers from either direction (Swanage or Kingston), has some of the most far-reaching and impressive views of the Purbeck Hills and…

Swanage Beach

The jewel in Swanage’s crown is its beautiful beach that sweeps around the curve of its sheltered bay. Despite being one, long stretch of…

Studland Bay

Comprised of four miles of sandy beaches and with acres of heathland and sand dunes to explore, Studland Bay and Nature…

Studland village

Prepare to get side-tracked on your way to the stunning beaches of Studland Bay as you drive through the charming Studland village. Its back roads…

Kimmeridge Bay

If the Jurassic Coast’s globally-significant geology is what drew you to Dorset, Kimmeridge Bay is the place to visit.

Old Harry Rocks

One of the most iconic landforms on the South Coast – Old Harry Rocks – is just a stone’s throw from Swanage and an important feature of…

Weather

With its milder climate, being on the South West Coast of England, Swanage is a year-round destination. Swanage…

Corfe Castle village

Boasting one of the most unique and beautiful settings in the UK, the historic Corfe Castle village is a truly special spot in Dorset, nestled beneath the…