Swanage, Dorset

Swanage is a coastal town on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, UK at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with magnificent views of the Isle of Wight.

swanage in dorset, uk

Swanage is nestled in a sheltered bay and was originally a small port and fishing village. During the Victorian era, the town became a significant quarrying port and later Swanage became a popular seaside holiday resort for the wealthy of the day. Swanage, Dorset is still a popular holiday destination, with visitors attracted by the award-winning sandy beaches and other attractions.

Swanage has a wealth of attractions and activities to suit all ages. You can stroll along Swanage’s restored pier, play in the amusement arcades, take a boat trip along the coast or enjoy a ride on the steam railway. For those wanting more high energy pastimes, there’s water sports, climbing, diving, cycling, horse riding, excellent walks, tennis, bowls and golf.

Close to Swanage are Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks, Studland Bay and the rugged four-mile stretch of sand at Studland National Nature Reserve. To the south of the town are Durlston Bay and Durlston Country Park, which is the perfect place to discover the area’s abundant wildlife.

Swanage in Dorset has a varied events calendar designed to appeal to the whole family. For music lovers, the town offers jazz, blues and folk weekends. As part of the annual Swanage Regatta and Carnival week at the end of July there are spectacular fireworks, music and dancing for all ages. Recently, the Swanage Walking Festival and Swanage Comedy Festival have also been added to the town’s events list.




The Mowlem Theatre on Swanage seafront presents a varied programme of films, shows and plays throughout the year, which is popular with both visitors and locals alike.

For a traditional seaside holiday in Dorset there can be no better choice than Swanage, Dorset.

The image of Swanage Steam Railway in Dorset, UK is courtesy of Simon Howden at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.