Swanage Lifeboat Station has been a central part of the seaside town and community of Swanage since its inception in 1875.
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 every year.
An intriguing way to explore the Purbeck countryside and Jurassic coastline is via the Lulworth Range walks.
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 geological area of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
We are spoilt for choice in Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck with so many wonderful places to explore.
Standing proudly as the highest point of Purbeck, you can walk to Swyre Head from various locations.
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 setting.
Durlston Castle and Country Park sit on the promontory of land that is Durlston Head.
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 Durlston Country Park.
If you love Studland’s beaches but would prefer a more local vibe head to South Beach.
The area around the disused quarry at Winspit is a fantastic place to explore, with its craggy rocks and wide, expansive sea views.
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 worth it.
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 book, Chapman’s Pool is hard to beat.
Swanage is probably most well-known for its superb, sweeping sandy bay, which has been drawing visitors for generations.
You might discover this expanse of shingle and sand beach by chance on a visit to the abandoned village of Tyneham.
One of Purbeck’s most famous landmarks sits just under the cliffs near the villages of Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers.
Meander through hay meadows, explore quiet woodland trails and be wowed by stunning sea views at Durlston – just a stone’s throw from Swanage town.
The jewel in Swanage’s crown is its beautiful beach that sweeps around the curve of its sheltered bay.
Comprised of four miles of sandy beaches and with acres of heathland and sand dunes to explore, Studland Bay and Nature Reserve has something for everyone.
If the Jurassic Coast’s globally-significant geology is what drew you to Dorset, Kimmeridge Bay is the place to visit.
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 Dorset’s Jurassic Coast history.
England’s only natural World Heritage Site
The Jurassic Coast needs no introduction: renowned worldwide for its breathtaking scenery and geological importance, this 95-mile stretch of coastline dominates Dorset’s landscape, history and character.