"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Swanage

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

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Things to see and do in and around Swanage

  • Swanage Railway
  • Leslie Gibbons A.T.D The Owl Pottery
  • Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre
  • Durlston Country Park
  • Putlake Adventure Farm
  • Corfe Castle Model Village and Gardens
  • Corfe Castle

Tourist Information

Swanage
Tourist Information Centre
The White House
Shore Road
Dorset
England
BH19 1LB

Phone 01929 422 885
Email mail@swanage.gov.uk
http://www.visit-dorset.org.uk/

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Weather

Forecast for Friday 28 July

06:00


Chance of rain 6%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 8mph.
WSW
Pressure 1010
Humidity 89%
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09:00


Chance of rain 75%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 8mph.
WSW
Pressure 1010
Humidity 88%
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12:00


Chance of rain 50%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 8mph.
SW
Pressure 1011
Humidity 90%
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15:00


Chance of rain 21%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 6mph, gusting to 9mph.
SW
Pressure 1011
Humidity 88%
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18:00


Chance of rain 46%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 7mph, gusting to 10mph.
SW
Pressure 1010
Humidity 89%
UV Index
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21:00


Chance of rain 44%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 8mph, gusting to 12mph.
SW
Pressure 1008
Humidity 93%
UV Index n/a
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