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Local Attractions

Anvil Point Lighthouse
Anvil Point Lighthouse

Anvil Point Lighthouse is situated within the grounds of Durlston Country Park and approximately 2 miles up the hill from Swanage town centre.

Beach Gardens
Beach Gardens

Donated to Swanage by John Mowlem, Beach Gardens has a putting green and tennis courts, perfect for a warm summer afternoon.

Beaches around Purbeck
Beaches around Purbeck

The area has many wonderful beaches.

Blue Pool
Blue Pool

Visit the nature reserve of Blue Pool to see the deep blue waters in the abandoned clay pit.

Castles and Houses
Castles and Houses

Find out about the castles and manor houses that can be found within the Isle of Purbeck.

Dorset Museums
Dorset Museums

Why not visit some of the many museums that can be found around the Isle of Purbeck.

Durlston Country Park
Durlston Country Park

260 acres of nature reserve on the southern edge of Swanage. Durlston Country Park is a part of the Jurassic Coast world heritage site.

Heritage Centre
Heritage Centre

The centre is situated at The Square off the towns lower High Street. The centre is open from Easter to October each year from 10 am to 5 pm, even opening until 8pm in July and August.

Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is a 95 mile stretch of outstanding geology in between Dorset and East Devon which is now designated as a World Heritage Site.

Life Boat Station
Life Boat Station

Swanage is one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the UK and is one of only three stations with a slipway launched Mersey class lifeboat.

Old Harry Rocks
Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry is the name given to the chalk stack that can be found below the cliffs at Ballard.

Parks and Gardens
Parks and Gardens

Find out about the various parks and gardens that can be found within the Isle of Purbeck.

Purbeck Countryside
Purbeck Countryside

The Isle of Purbeck has a beautiful and varied countryside that will appeal to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Swanage Carnival
Swanage Carnival

Once every year at the start of August Swanage comes alive as the carnival comes to town.

Swanage Pier
Swanage Pier

Swanage Pier was built in 1896 and was originally used for the thriving paddle steamer industry that worked in the area.

Swanage Railway
Swanage Railway

The award-winning Swanage Railway currently operates on the six miles of track between Swanage and Norden.

Tilly Whim Caves
Tilly Whim Caves

Tilly Whim caves is the most easterly quarry in a stretch of quarries that exist along cliffs of the southern Purbeck ridge.