"Swanage seaside town" Top 5 Page for this destination Swanage by LouiseTopp

Swanage Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 156 photos

Swanage is a lovely part of Dorset with great views across the bay towards Poole and Bournemouth. Every August 27th July to 3rd August is the carnival which is a must see with many events from the procession, barn dancing and yard of ale contests and much more.

It has been said that dinosaur foorprints and other prehistoric mammel remains have been discovered in the rock's. Swanage is great for fossile hunters, althrough I don't know what would of happened if some of them had still been alive roaming the Purbecks; David Attenborough would have a field day,

There's a lot more to do in swanage then meets the eye. services in Swanage are good, there's the usuel Banks like Lloyds & Natwest. There's also a post office and chemists. Along the seafront is a playpark, and the TIC. market days is Tuedays.

Shopping in Swanage

Retail in Swanage is good, depending on business shops will stay open during the summer until 10am. It's worth exploring, and there are surprises to be found.

There are many places which sell windchimes, dreamcatchers & crystals. There's also a number of charity shops & a somerfield. There's also a bike hire place in the High Street over the road from the town hall.

Please visit http://www.swanage.gov.uk/ for more information about Swanage

The pier and beyond

The pier is Victorian built in 1896, has great views across towards Pool and Bournemouth and the Needles on the Isle of Wight. To get on the pier there?s a charge of 30p. You can take a boat to Poole, Bournemouth, the Isle of Wight or Brownsea Island, as well as cruises to Old Harry's Rocks & Durlston. You need to check the times, which are usually displayed on a blackboard.

Please visit
http://www.swanagepiertrust.com/ for more information about the pier.

Swanage also has a steam railway which I have decribed in my other reports.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely to relax in, friendly people, scenary
  • Cons:Chilly in the winter, hilly
  • In a nutshell:seasidy home
  • Last visit to Swanage: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • tango_jd's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2010 at 12:58 AM

    You have to pay for deck chairs every place you go - this doesbn't sound unreasonable to me! 1.50 sounds cheap albeit a few years ago!

  • sloughgal's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2007 at 12:39 AM

    Best page on Swanage, a lovely little village :-)


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