Swanage has everything you would expect from a traditional seaside town.
Swanage is located on the eastern end of the Purbeck Peninsula. Until the early 19th century, Swanage remained a small fishing port, also shipping stone from nearby quarries. When the railway arrived in 1885 Swanage really expanded as a seaside resort. The pier was built in 1896, originally for use by the paddle steamer industry.
Relax on Swanage’s award winning sandy beaches. The wide Swanage Bay has great views to the Isle of Wight and to the north are chalk cliffs leading to Old Harry Rocks.
Visit the fantastic selection of restaurants, cafes and shops in the town centre. There are also fun leisure activities at the Santa Fe Fun Park in Swanage including Crazy Golf, or you can practice your golfing swings with Pitch and Putt at the Beach Gardens or Kirkwood park.
One of the most popular attractions in Swanage is to take a trip on the steam railway to nearby Corfe Castle. It has a busier steam and diesel timetable than virtually any other preserved steam railway.
Swanage also boasts the Durlston Country Park and Castle. This national nature reserve is part of the Jurassic coast with stunning views of the limestone sea cliffs.
Attractions in Swanage…
Don’t miss the the Victorian Portland stone Great Globe - one of the largest stone spheres in the world. The recently restored Durlston Castle is now a visitor centre for the Jurassic coast and cafe.
With stations located at Swanage, Harman’s Cross, Corfe and Norden, take in the fantastic views of the Purbeck countryside and Corfe Castle.
There are special events throughout the year including dinner services, themed events and a popular Santa special train at Christmas.
Located in Victoria Avenue, Swanage, BH19 1AR
There's also an eatery - 'The Hungry Shark' - known by the locals for its burgers.
The Square, Swanage, BH19 2LJ
Eating out in Swanage…
Getting to Swanage…
Swanage is a short 25 minute drive from Wareham. There is also a regular bus service by the No. 40 Purbeck Breezer (timetable here) from Wareham to Swanage. You can also catch the Heritage railway from Norden to Swanage, (Norden Station is a 10 minute drive from Wareham).