Swanage Tourist Information Centre, The White House, Shore Road,
Swanage, BH19 1LB Tel: 01929 422885.
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Swanage Heritage Centre
Tel:  01929 42142 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Close to: Durlston Country Park , Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL
01929 424443


Swanage Museum is now located within the Swanage Heritage Centre (details as above)




Boat trips can be taken with Marsh's Boats Tel: 01929 427659 or 01929 427309, on Western Lady III Tel: 07807 249649 and seasonally with the Waverley paddle steamer Tel: 0845 130 4647


Gateway Town road sign Swanage is a Gateway Town to the Jurassic Coast.


The gentle shelving beach at Swanage, with its Victorian pier and fabulous views across to the Needles on the Isle of Wight, is hugely popular with families.

This traditional seaside resort offers many interesting shops, attractive parks and gardens, tearooms offering Dorset cream teas, fish & chips and of course... there is the famous Punch and Judy Show!  The nearby Beach Gardens offer a game of bowls, a round of putting, or a game of tennis in a tranquil setting.  The informative Heritage Centre and three "heritage trails" enable visitors to uncover the fascinating features of "old Swanage".

The beach holds the prestigious Blue Flag for beach cleanliness and is a popular spot for watersports, with marker buoys cordoning off a swimmers-only area.  Boat cruises run to and from the pier, which is also one of the best diving locations in the country.

Swanage is also the final station for the famous Swanage Steam Railway, which offers an entertaining and nostalgic trip through the glorious Purbeck countryside.  The Swanage calendar offers many railway events as well as the frenzy of the Jazz Weekend, the exciting annual Regatta & Carnival Week and the lively Folk Festival.

Nearby is Durlston Country Park, a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise. The combination of unrivalled geology and huge range of wildlife make Durlston a very special place.  The 40 ton Portland stone globe is unique and surrounded by fascinating plaques and benches inscribed with anecdotes and quotations.  There is also an informative visitor centre and fabulous views of the coast. 

Getting There

By foot: Accessible via the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast.

By bus:
Find out more about the Jurassic Coast Bus Service
Visit Traveline for further information.

By road: From London. M3 South joining M27, joining A31 to Bournemouth /Poole, take the A351 via Wareham, Corfe and on to Swanage.

By Sea: via the ferry from Sandbanks

By train: To Wareham then local bus to Swanage

Find out about  local youth hostels


Map Key

  • Gateway Town

  • Abbotsbury

    This very old village, settled amongst the hills behind the great Chesil Bank, is world famous for its swannery.

  • Axminster

    Axminster, is a pleasant market town with charm and character. Its famous carpet industry was started in 1755, by Thomas Whitty whose factory produced high quality, custom made carpets for stately homes and mansions.

  • Axmouth

    A ten minute walk along the coast from Seaton is the ancient harbour of Axmouth, home to the Sea Discovery Centre.

  • Beer

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    Nestling in a small valley, lies the delightful, 'picture postcard', fishing village of Beer.

  • Bournemouth

    Bournemouth is a superb resort and offers something for everyone.

  • Branscombe

    The picturesque village of Branscombe is said to be the longest in the country, sweeping down a spectacular valley, past colourful thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, down to the sea and a shingle beach.

  • Bridport

    Bridport is a small market town with a warm welcome and a world renowned rope and net making industry.

  • Budleigh Salterton

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    This tranquil and historic seaside town nestles on the edge of a pebble beach beneath spectacular red cliffs, made famous by literary giants such as Noel Coward, P.G. Woodhouse and Anthony Trollope.

  • Charmouth

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    Charmouth is a quiet seaside hamlet where time has stood still - the perfect location for a relaxing holiday. It is the best place along the Jurassic Coast to look for fossils.

  • Corfe Castle

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  • Dorchester

    Dorchester is a historic market town with its roots in Roman times; however it is most famously associated with Thomas Hardy. With its elegant 18th century houses, broad Walks and bustling shopping streets, Dorchester has much to offer the visitor.

  • Exeter

    Old and new lie side by side to make Exeter a rich and vibrant city.

  • Exmouth

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    Exmouth, at the estuary's mouth, marks the World Heritage Coastline's western gateway and despite being one of England's oldest resorts, remains untouched by commercialism.

  • Honiton

    Honiton is famous for lace making and is also a major centre for antiques, with shops devoted to furniture, art and second-hand books.

  • Kimmeridge

    Long rock ledges, a pebbled beach line and rocky outcrops all make this bay stunning.

  • Langton Matravers

    This section is being developed.

  • Lyme Regis

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    The seaside town of Lyme Regis nestles in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the point where the rugged West Dorset and East Devon coastlines meet - the heart of the Jurassic Coast.

  • Ottery St Mary

    Ottery St Mary is a little town with a long history. Ottery's roots run deeper than Doomsday Book. In 1061, Edward the Confessor ceded the already established wealthy manor of Oterie to the Cathedral Chapter of Rouen.


  • Poole

    Poole Harbour is the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. The Quay is a hive of activity all year round with a huge array of fishing boats, yachts, powerboats and pleasure cruisers.

  • Portland

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    Portland is an explorer's island with beautiful scenery and a mysterious quality of isolation, joined only to the mainland by Chesil Beach.

  • Seaton

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    Tucked away in the south eastern corner of Devon, is the beautiful, unspoilt Axe Valley. At the mouth of the River Axe is the friendly, coastal resort of Seaton.

  • Sidmouth

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    Sidmouth still has a unique charm, which has captivated thousands. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops - it's all here in this lovely seaside town.

  • Studland

    The lovely village of Studland is famous for its National Nature Reserve and beautiful natural bay. The village has an interesting Norman church with breathtaking views across the bay.

  • Swanage

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    The gentle shelving beach at Swanage, with its Victorian pier and fabulous views across to the Needles on the Isle of Wight, is hugely popular with families.

  • Wareham

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    Wareham is a fascinating and picturesque market town which dates back over 2000 years.

  • West Bay

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    Just south of Bridport is the pretty harbour village of West Bay, once known as Bridport Harbour. 

  • West Lulworth

    Lulworth Cove is a stunning, textbook perfect, cove and the landscape surrounding it is some of the most outstanding in Britain.

  • Weymouth

    Gateway Town road signWeymouth has so much to offer every visitor. Its fame as a seaside resort dates back over 200 years when King George III holidayed here.