The fully-restored Grade II-listed Victorian pier in Swanage is a must-visit attraction. Perfect for a stroll along with an ice cream and that nostalgic feeling of stepping back in time.

The first pier in Swanage was erected in 1859 for quarrymen to ferry Purbeck stone, but it soon became a tourist attraction and remains so today.

Benches along Swanage Pier

Take time to explore the exhibition space, which explains the pier’s history and stop for a light bite at the pier’s cafe – the 1859.

And, for the more adventurous, you can book a dive session or training course with the local school Divers Down.

Divers Down diving shop on Swanage Pier