Swanage is at the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck, around 10km away from Poole. The town was originally a fishing village but developed into a popular resort for Victorian tourists who flocked to its sandy beaches.
Blue flag beaches
Swanage Beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for its cleanliness and safety - we love the lush golden sands that make the beach a prime attraction for families.
Swanage Pier is considered one of the best diving locations, and there's a dedicated Diver Training Zone nearby. There are lots of watersports that can be booked from the pier, and angling is available for those who prefer to soak up the south coast sun and the stunning views of the Isle of Wight.
The best way to take in the local sights is on a boat trip from Swanage Pier, where you can travel on the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world. Built in 1947 and stunningly restored, this steamer is a blast from the past. Alternatively you can take local trips ranging from short visits to Poole Harbour to stunning full day cruises along the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.
Swanage is located at the very eastern end of the Jurassic Coast. The towering cliffs display rock formations from 180 million years of prehistoric development through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and eagle-eyes will find dino fossils along the beaches.
Away from the coast, the Swanage Railway is the perfect place to explore the surrounding area. This award-winning steam railway takes you through six miles of stunning scenery and passes the ruins of Corfe Castle, an 11th century wonder located on the lovely Purbeck Hills.
Swanage Regatta and Carnival is one of the top annual events in the region. For a week at the end of July and start of August, visitors flock to Swanage for carnival processions, live music, fireworks and displays by the Red Arrows.