Visit Swanage

On the Jurassic Coast in the Isle of Purbeck.

Explore Things to Do in Swanage and Purbeck

Swanage is a Victorian seaside town in the county of Dorset in the south of England. It is located on the coast of the English Channel, about 100 miles south of London.

The town is known for its award-winning beaches and with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, including the nearby Purbeck Hills.

The area has a wide range of attractions. Our extensive photo gallery has pictures dating back to the 1800s and local live-streaming webcams.

Swanage has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Iron Age. Today, it is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike, offering a wide range of activities and attractions, including water sports, cycling, hiking, and boat trips.

Whether you're looking to relax on the beach, explore the countryside, or try some exciting outdoor activities, Swanage has something for everyone.

Enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants and cafes, drink in one of the local pubs or bars or shop in one of the businesses offering local food in the Isle of Purbeck.

Ride the heritage railway with the 6-mile line, which joins Swanage, Herston Halt, Harmans Cross, Corfe Castle and Nordon Park & Ride. The railway follows the route of the old Purbeck line to Wareham and the main line.

Purbeck Festivals

View details for Swanage Jazz Festival

Swanage Jazz Festival

12th Jul 2024 to 14th Jul 2024

View details for Wilkswood Reggae Festival

Wilkswood Reggae Festival

18th Jul 2024 to 21st Jul 2024

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Where is Swanage?

The town is accessible by car on the A351 from Wareham and chain ferry at Sandbanks near Poole and Bournemouth.

From the east you can take the M27 to Dorset, Take the exit onto the A35, following signs for Dorchester. Continue on the A35 and take the exit for the A351, following signs for Swanage. Follow the A351 into Swanage.

Using public transport, you can take the train to Wareham, then transfer to a bus for the final leg of the journey to Swanage.

Busses to Swanage are available from Poole with the Breezer 40 service and Bournemouth X50 service. Times are available on the more bus website.

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Taunton House Bed and Breakfast

Taunton House Bed and Breakfast

Swanage

Price: £85

Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge

Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge

Swanage

Price: 48.00

Annexe to Stoneacre

Annexe to Stoneacre

Langton Matravers

Price: £575 - £995

Swanage Caravan Hire

Swanage Caravan Hire

Swanage

Price: £190 - £580

Angela's Bed and Breakfast

Angela's Bed and Breakfast

Swanage

Price: £85 for 2 people per night with breakfast

Walrond Road

Walrond Road

Swanage

Price: £350 to £1100 per week

Swanage and Purbeck Photo Gallery

The Swanage and Purbeck photo archive contains over 1400 photographs dating from the mid 1800s to today. Below are our latest additions to the gallery, and you can view all images in the Swanage and Purbeck Gallery.