Swanage Information Centre is an excellent mine of information for all visitors to the area, as well as for local residents. The visitor services team are able to help you plan your time while on holiday to get the most out of your stay. They are also able to advise local people about events happening in the area.
The centre has brochures on local attractions, activities, walks, and history trails. There is also an extensive stock of maps, books, postcards and locally produced souvenirs.
“The reason people come to Swanage is that ‘home from home’ feel and that’s why they’ve been coming back for generations. We don’t want to change Swanage too much…I want it to be just like it is but better!”Visitor Services Manager, Culvin Milmer
Dorset Tourism Awards 2019 Gold Winner for Visitor Information Service of the Year
Easter to end of October (Sunday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm).
Christmas and New Year – Closed from lunchtime on Christmas Eve 2019. Re-opening on January 2nd 2020.
Swanage Information Centre is wheelchair accessible and dog friendly.
Culvin’s best place for a coffee in Swanage: Beach Gardens
“I am responsible for the cafe there (at beach gardens) but I absolutely love it! I go there on the way home and have a sneaky coffee and it drives my wife up the wall because she rings me and says; “Where are you?” and I’m invariably sitting having a coffee because it’s a very tranquil place.”Visitor Services Manager, Culvin Milmer
The Swanage Information Centre’s place to visit top tip: The Keates Quarry dinosaur footprints
More than 100 fossilised dinosaur footprints from the late Jurassic period, are preserved in a flat layer of rock at Keates Quarry, near Swanage. They were probably made by a group of Brachiosauruses, a type of dinosaur known as a Sauropod. A Brachiosaurus was enormous and could grow up to 26m in length, hence it had big feet!
From Swanage, go to Langton Matravers and look for the left-hand turning in the centre of the village, signposted to the National Trust car park at Spyway.
From Spyway, follow the footpath south towards the sea and turn right onto the Priest’sWay, heading west. Continue on the Priest’s Way for about three quarters of a mile – the dinosaur footprints are signposted on the right, just past the turning for Acton.
Address: The White House, Shore Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1LB
Telephone number: 01929 766018