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Top Things to do in Swanage

Visiting Swanage and wondering where to start when it comes to exploring this delightful area along the south coast? We’ve got your back with this comprehensive guide of the best activities and attractions to include in your trip itinerary.

Regardless of whether you are in the area for one day or several, Swanage is simply fantastic. Make sure you let us know what you get up to during your visit.


Stay the Night at Kingston Country Courtyard

Why not make a night of it and stay at Kingston Country Courtyard. Located in the heart of the Purbecks between Corfe Castle and Swanage, this is the perfect spot to retire to after a day of exploring with characterful stone walls and exposed beams in each room. Get a good night’s rest ready to discover more of the delights of Swanage after a hearty breakfast in the morning. 


Step out on Swanage Pier

A trip to Swanage simply isn’t complete without a visit to the victorian pier, with its beautiful views across the coastline. There are plenty of cafes along the seafront if you fancy a snack, ice cream or warming hot chocolate to enjoy whilst looking out to sea.


Take a Trip to Studland Knoll Beach

A trip to the National Trust owned Studland Knoll Beach is essential for your visit to Swanage. Knoll House Hotel is a short walk away, offering delicious food & drink as well as a day retreat package, which includes use of their outdoor pool during the warmer months. 


Try Out Paddle-boarding

If you haven’t tried PaddleBoarding before, what better location to give it a go than the tranquil waters of Swanage? Land and Wave offer Paddle Boarding hire and lessons alongside other outdoor activities including sea kayaking, coasteering and climbing. 


Visit a Chocolate House

Indulge your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate house! Chococo may be a national company these days but they haven’t forgotten their roots and you can experience the handcrafted chocolate that put the brand on the map. 

cliff trail

Hike the Cliff Trails

You are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to cliffside trails in and around Swanage. There are walks for all ages and abilities from St Aldhelm’s Chapel to Dancing Ledge and Langton Matravers, pick a route that suits your group and take in those picture-perfect views along the way. 


Jump Aboard the Jurassic Coastal Boat Cruise

Looking to explore the beautiful Jurassic Coastline during your visit to Swanage? Make sure to book a coastal circular cruise around nearby Poole Harbour, taking in the impressive Old Harry’s Rocks and returning back to Swanage. 


Ride the Swanage Railway

Jump aboard the traditional steam train at Swanage and journey over to Corfe Castle to take in the views of the castle ruins. Passengers young and old will enjoy, plus the train is also dog-friendly. 

Swanage Railway

Swanage Railway

Station House, Railway Station Approach, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HB

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