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 Purbeck Art Weeks Festival

Purbeck Art Weeks Festival

25th May 2024 to 9th Jun 2024

View details for Swanage Fish Festival

Swanage Fish Festival

15th Jun 2024 to 16th Jun 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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Daisy's Holiday Cottage Swanage

Daisy's Holiday Cottage Swanage

Swanage

Price: From £520 a week.

April Cottage & Lapland Lodge

April Cottage & Lapland Lodge

Harmans Cross

Price: Single 60.00 - 70.00, Double 100.00 - 120.00

Alisande Cottage

Alisande Cottage

Swanage

Price: £1,650 per week

Lizards Rest

Lizards Rest

Swanage

Price: £265

Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge

Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge

Swanage

Price: 48.00

Dorset Cottage Holidays

Dorset Cottage Holidays

Swanage

Price: 195

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.