Swanage/Purbeck in Detail

The Isle of Purbeck has an abundance of things to do, bounded in the north by the Frome River and in the south by the sea. Between, range the Purbeck Hills and heathlands which run down to the vast expanse of Poole Harbour and RSPB reserve at Arne. It is hard to imagine a more diverse area, which is only 13 by 7 miles. The Victorian seaside town of Swanage with a wide sweeping bay, sandy beach, promenade, pier and steam railway. It has a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops.

Studland is connected to Poole/Sandbanks by a chain-link ferry. Marking the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast and has spectacular walking.  The four beaches: Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach which total three miles of fine sand, dunes and heathland controlled by the National Trust.  There are fee paying car parks (NT members free). The village has a pub, restaurants and a small village shop.

Corfe Castle is an historic village of Purbeck stone dominated by the ruins of the Castle. It bustles with pubs, restaurants, hotels, cafes and museums with walks and views of the Castle and coast from the nearby heath. To the west of Swanage there are a number of small settlements including the impossibly beautiful village of Worth Matravers and coastal village of Kimmeridge. Here there are a number of great days out for the family or the more adventurous.

Attractions and Museums

The Swanage and Purbeck area is steeped in history and has some wonderful museums that tell the story of both the land and the sea ……

Arts and Entertainment

Dorset is fast becoming the place to be in the art and literary world with exhibitions, studios and festivals in abundance throughout the year

Family Activities

The family holiday is always enhanced with the extra things that can be done together here are a few ideas for your time here in Dorset

Outdoor Pursuits

Getting out into the countryside and enjoying the beauty, peace and quiet really helps one to relax, however, sometimes you may just want to have a go at something new or a bit different.

Dogs in an around the area

With so many of us holidaying with our four legged friends we need to know where the best places are to go


If you like to know before you go, visit these great websites to enhance your stay in Dorset: South West Coast PathJurassic CoastFossil HuntingVisit Dorset and i Coast.

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