Welcome to Swanage

The vibrant but traditional seaside town of Swanage in Dorset, is nestled on the Isle of Purbeck and sits at the eastern gateway for exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It’s just round the coastline from Poole Harbour and Bournemouth and a 25 mile drive from the county town of Dorchester.

Originally a small village, Swanage flourished with the growing demand for its locally quarried stone in the 18th century. The Purbeck stone was taken down to the quay and shipped up to London in vast quantities to be used as paving and building material.

The opening of the Swanage Railway in 1885, increased its popularity with visitors and the Victorian era saw the town develop into a fashionable seaside resort. Its enviable location close to Old Harry Rocks, Durlston Country Park and Studland Bay continue to make it a popular choice for tourists, who come not only to enjoy the scenic beauty but all the festivals and events that happen throughout the year.

Swanage is particularly famous for its annual summer carnival – a week long festival of events including live music, fireworks and, of course, the traditional carnival procession.

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