Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. It is situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck, approximately 10 km south of Poole and 40 km (25 miles) east of Dorchester. The parish has a population of 9,601 (2011). Nearby are Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks, with Studland Bay and Poole Harbour to the north. Within the parish are Durlston Bay and Durlston Country Park to the south of the town. The parish also includes the areas of Herston, just to the west of the town, and Durlston, just to the south.
The town, originally a small port and fishing village, flourished in the Victorian era, when it first became a significant quarrying port and later a seaside resort for the rich of the day. Today the town remains a popular tourist resort, this being the town's primary industry, with many thousands of visitors coming to the town during the peak summer season, drawn by the bay's sandy beaches and other attractions.
During its history the bay was listed variously as Swanawic, Swanwich, Sandwich, and only in more recent history as Swanage.
The town is located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.
Local authority: Poole Borough Council
OS Grid Reference: SZ029789
Tourist Information Centre
The White House
Phone 01929 422 885
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Less than 5 minutes’ walk from the sea, Robertsbrook Guest House is located opposite the Swanage steam railway station. On Dorset’s Jurassic coast, this stylish bed and breakfast provides free parking and Wi-Fi. Details...
Caythorpe House is just 2 minutes’ walk from Swanage Beach and the town centre. This property offers bright rooms, free parking and free WiFi. Details...
Nestled in extensive gardens in the centre of Swanage, Purbeck House Hotel & Louisa Lodge is a 5-minute walk from the beach. Family-run and steeped in over a century of history, it also has free parking, a bar and 2 restaurants. Details...
Set in a cobbled courtyard down a quiet lane in Swanage town centre, Town Hall Lodge offers fresh local produce in its varied breakfast menu. The Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, and the sandy beach are 5 minutes’ walk away. Details...
The family-run Millbrook Guest House in Swanage has a town centre location and offers a full English breakfast. Less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Swanage Steam Railway, this Dorset guest house provides free parking and Wi-Fi. Details...
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Arbour House B&B offers accommodation in Swanage. Free private parking is available on site. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player. Details...
The Old Barn is an outstanding, stone-built barn conversion offering superb holiday accommodation near Swanage in Dorset. With three bedrooms including one ground floor double and two family rooms with one double and one single, this wonderful cottage sleeps eight people comfortably. Details...
The Moorings is a wonderful, detached cottage situated in a quiet residential area in Hamworthy near Poole. On the first floor, the cottage has a king-size double room, and on the ground floor, a double and a twin room. Details...
Explorer House is a semi-detached property on the edge of the coastal town of Poole. The cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms, consisting of one double, one twin with basin and one adult bunks room, as well as a bathroom. The cottage also has a kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area and a sitting room. Details...
The Chalet is a detached cottage within the boundaries of the Avon Heath Country Park near Ringwood in Dorset. This cosy property has three bedrooms ? a ground floor twin, a king-size double and a further twin. Details...
Situated on the edge of the famous village of Tolpuddle, this charming semi-detached cottage is full of character. With three en suites and a cosy open-fire with log burning stove for chillier evenings, or winter breaks, this home-from-home is able to sleep a total of six people over three double bedrooms. Details...
The Old School Cottage is a wonderful, attached barn conversion, within the grounds of the owner's home and set in the rural Dorset hamlet of Tincleton and can sleep four people. Details...