Things to do inSwanage
Visitor information for Swanage in Dorset
For traditional seaside holidays, where the beaches are golden and the sun always seems to shine, Swanage is hard to beat!
The main beach is a corker – it consistently achieves European Blue Flag status and runs the whole length of the town. Here you can enjoy the many water sport activities on offer such as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and pedalo hire, or simply relax and soak up the sun. If you don’t want to carry all your gear to the beach each day then why not hire a beach hut: with deckchairs, a table and electric power they make an ideal base from which to enjoy not only the beach but also the nearby public gardens and town centre shops.
Stroll along the Victorian pier, or gain an insight into the town’s history at the Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre which is situated in The Square, just off the lower High Street. Other attractions include Putlake Adventure Farm and also the famous Swanage Steam Railway, the latter of which offers a nostalgic journey through the Purbeck countryside to Corfe Castle.
Just a mile from the town centre is Durlston Country Park with its stunning sea views and a mix of cliffs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland and downs. Within the park is Durlston Castle, built between 1887 and 1891 as the centrepiece of Victorian philanthropist George Burt’s Durlston estate. A major refurbishment project, completed in 2011, included a new ‘gateway’ Visitor Centre to the Jurassic Coast. A spectacular new cafe, exhibition area and gardens have also been incorporated, which make a visit to Durlston even more attractive.