Swanage is a 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 beautiful beaches and stunning views of the surrounding countryside, including the nearby Purbeck Hills.
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.
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.
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.
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.