The Area

The Area

Swanage is a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast. This traditional seaside resort offers many interesting shops, attractive parks and gardens. 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 Pines Hotel is at the eastern end of England’s only natural World Heritage Site known as the Jurassic Coast. The rocks along this spectacular 95 mile coastline record 185 million years of Earth’s history.

The beach holds the prestigious blue flag for beach cleanliness and is a popular spot for water sports 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.

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 tonne 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.

Corfe Castle, scene of murder, siege, and treachery. Take a trip to Corfe on the Swanage Steam Railway – a great day out! Swanage, with its delightful bay and safe sandy beach, hosts a sailing regatta and carnival in midsummer.