"Swanage a peaceful haven outside tourist season" Swanage by jo104

Swanage Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 156 photos

Are you a Grockell?

Well this is what the locals call tourists who invade their seaside village in their 100's campers, caravaners or simply daytrippers from bornemouth. The locals call themselves Swannies.

Purbeck Village

Swanage has been awarded the prestigious "Blue Flag" award for its clear unpolluted beaches. Water sport activities are popular such as sailing, windsurfing & learning to scuba dive.

Cruises depart from the newly restored pier daily and sail to Isle of Wight, Bournemouth, Poole as well as trips out to Durlston & Old Harrys Rocks

The village is very pretty & lots of friendly pubs in close proximaty actually every new year the town does a fancy dress street party & all pubs are open till last person standing

The mowlem centre sporting the theatre is amongst the ugliest buildings I've seen.

There are lovely walks & in particular to Durlston head which is one of the finest places for bird watching & sea cliff views. Durlston is a coastwatch centre & dolphins are often seen in the bay.

I have not yet been to the ruins of Corfe Castle but will go next time travelling on their delightful steam train covering 6 miles of track between swanage & Norden. The railway was built in 1885 closed in 1972 & reopened by volunteers in 1979

The castle was built in the 11th centuary & was where Cromwell defeated Lady Bankes & the Royalists. I believe they do excellent cream teas & Dorset apple pie at the pub nearby

  • Last visit to Swanage: May 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 17, 2006
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  • CDM7's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    Nice seeing you managed a visit to my part of the world many years ago,nothing much has changed since then!

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2007 at 4:46 AM

    Love the town! Especially a particular shop :)

  • sloughgal's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2007 at 12:40 AM

    Nice tips! I see you are friends with my friend, Jen :-)

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2007 at 2:31 AM

    Swanage looks and sounds lovely, I'd never heard of it before seeing your page, must try and visit here this summer.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2006 at 2:14 PM

    Lovely little page .. isn't Swanage the English city with the odd roundabouts???

  • cokes's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2005 at 10:28 AM

    There is nothing better then to spend your time on a lovely stretch of beach :0)


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