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Top 10 things to do in Swanage, Dorset

You will fall in love with this pretty coastal town in lovely Dorset, England.

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Top 10 things to do in Swanage

1. Let's start with a visit to the pier:

Swanage has a beautiful pier from where you can take in the stunning views and just breathe in the fresh air.  If you want to get away from city life, come take a stroll here.

2. Then take the train:

Swanage Railway is a heritage railway from where you can take the train to do some more sightseeing.  This is the perfect Swanage unique-travel-experience, which you simply must not miss.

3. On to Corfe Castle

Visit the site of this ruined castle that’s situated in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.  Visit Corfe Castle website for more information.

Best things to do and see in Swanage Dorset

4. Spend a day on Swanage beach

Enjoy a family day out on the beach.  This award-winning beach is the perfect place to spend a family day of fun in the sun.  Build sand castles on the sandy beach, take a stroll, go for a swim and take in the beautiful vistas.

5. Durlston Country Park and Studland 

If you love nature and wildlife, stroll to the cliffs overlooking the town and visit Durlston Country Park. It is ideal for a family hiking trip.  Exploring the area and spotting some wildlife.  Or go for an afternoon stroll in nearby Studland beach and the nature reserve.

6. Cruise around

Go on a cruise and get exceptional views of the bay and the town.  Need we say more…  It is beautiful.

7. Iconic places

While taking a cruise around the bay, you’ll also have views of iconic sights such as Old Harry Rocks.    You can also follow the signs and go on a hike to Old Harry Rocks – A 4-mile circular trail.

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8. Watersport

Go kayaking and canoeing:  You can rent kayaks and pedal boats on the main beach if you don’t have your own.

9. Visit a museum

Visit Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre and learn a little more about the local history of the town.

10. Spend a lazy day

Spend a lazy day at the place where you’re staying.  Go shopping.  Explore the village.  Stop for lunch or dinner at a beautiful restaurant.  Get to know the locals and the local cuisine.

Suggestions on where to stay

Where to stay in Dorset Swanage

The Pines Hotel

This can be your view… Enjoy stunning sea views at this cliff-top hotel overlooking Swanage Bay, with steps directly down to the beach.

Best places to stay in Dorset Swanage


Places to stay in Swanage. (in the photo is Dizzy Low apartment)


Places to stay in Swanage with sea views (in the photo is Little Hyde Cottage)

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