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Visit Swanage in the Isle of Purbeck

Swanage Beach

Welcome to Swanage

Swanage is located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a 95 mile stretch of outstanding geology in between Dorset and East Devon which is a World Heritage Site.

Swanage makes the ideal base for your holiday on the Jurassic Coast, the area has a wide range of attractions. Our large photo gallery has pictures dating back to the 1800s and local live streaming webcams.

The Isle if Purbeck offers many sports and activities from a relaxing walk in the countryside to cycle routes for all abilities and for the more adventurous rock climbing and water sports.

Enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants and cafes or have a 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 long line which joins Swanage, Herston Halt, Harmans Cross, Corfe Castle and Nordon Park & Ride, the railway follows the route of the old Purbeck line.

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Purbeck Festivals

View details for Swanage Blues Festival
Swanage Blues Festival
4th Mar 2021 to 7th Mar 2021
View details for Swanage Fish Festival
Swanage Fish Festival
12th Jun 2021 to 13th Jun 2021

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Where is Swanage?

Swanage is a small seaside town situated in the south east of Dorset, England. The town is at the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck, a peninsular that borders the English Channel.

The town is accessible via road or train from Wareham or across the Sandbanks Ferry from Poole.

Swanage is a popular tourist destination with award winning sandy beaches and beautiful countryside and Swanage is also the first town at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, England's first world heritage site.

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Sea House


Prices from: £75 per night for August and Sept

Lizards Rest


Prices from: £265

Dunford house


Prices from: £85 per night

Seagulls Rest


Prices from: £365

Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge


Prices from: 48.00

Below Decks


Prices from: £375 to £900

Swanage and Purbeck Photo Gallery

The Swanage and Purbeck photo archive contains over 1100 photographs dating from the mid 1800's to today. Below are our latest additions to the gallery and you can view all images in the Swanage and Purbeck Gallery.