The Obelisk

This towering hexagonal monument was brought to Swanage from London by George Burt – a local businessman and founding father of much of the town’…
Tilly Whim caves

Tilly Whim caves

These caves are what is left over after the area was used to quarry Purbeck stone in the 1800s. Once open to the public, they are now closed due to safety…
The mill pond and St Mary's Church in Swanage

The mill pond

If you’re staying in Swanage for a week or more it’ll be on your list to explore the ins and outs of the town’s back streets as there&…
Winspit

Winspit

This abandoned quarry is a fantastic little place to explore with its strangely-shaped rock crags and echoing cave tunnels – you won’t be…
Black spaniel on the beach

Dog-friendly beaches

Dorset is a dog-loving county and welcomes four-legged visitors to most beaches, cafes, pubs and restaurants. However, while a few beaches in and around…
People on Knoll Beach with old Harry Rocks in background

Knoll Beach

Knoll Beach is the largest and most well-known beach at Studland Bay. Popular with families and for water sports, with its…
The Downs

The Downs

The undulating green folds of land of The Downs are popular with local dog walkers and bird-watchers. You’ll rarely bump into other people and there…
End of Swanage Pier with bench

Swanage Pier

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…
Swanage Bay and view from Townsend Nature Reserve

Swanage Bay

Swanage is probably most well-known for its superb, sweeping sandy bay. Being sheltered and with relatively calm waters,…
Naturist beach

Naturist beach

Around 1km of Studland Bay has been set aside for naturism. It’s one of the UK’s most well-known official naturist spots and users must adhere…
Paddle boarder in the sea at Swanage Beach

Swanage Beach

Despite being one, long curved stretch of golden sand, the beach in Swanage has a different feel to it depending on where you are along it, meaning you can…