Swanage Attractions

Swanage & Purbeck has a wealth of beautiful unspoiled countryside & beaches to explore. Many days can be spent walking the area's stunning coastline and playing on the beautiful sandy beaches.


Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve

Situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of  sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, hay meadows, hedgerows and woodland. With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology and fascinating wildlife there is always something different to see. Visit their website here.

The historic Durlston Castle underwent a multi-million pound conservation project and includes the new visitor centre. Exhibits include:

  • A fossil room
  • Audio-visual room
  • Live wildlife cameras
  • Monthly displays
  • A Daily Diary detailing the latest sightings
  • A rooftop terrace


Swanage Steam Railway

Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. Visit the website here.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens 

Stunning in all seasons, perfect for all ages and dog friendly. Food and drink available. https://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/#

Monkey World

Ape Rescue Centre - home to over 240 rescued & endangered primates - as seen on TVs Monkey Business & Monkey Life. A lovely day out for adults and kids alike - visit the website here.

Tank Museum

The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crew to life. Supported by the world's best collection of tanks & action packed live displays. Visit the website here

Swanage Pier

Walk along Swanage Pier and you'll be walking in the footsteps of generations. Whether you're diving, sailing, fishing or simply strolling, Swanage Pier offers something for everyone including, of course, the finest views of Swanage. Now featuring the recently opened 1859 Cafe and Bistro. Visit the website here.

City Cruises

Offer boat trips to Poole and along the Jurassic Coast from Swanage Pier, they run from April - October. Visit the website here.

Corfe Castle

The village of Corfe Castle, dominated by the ruined castle, is a visitor's delight, at any time of year. Visit the website here.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre

Rehoming & visitor centre open to the public with free entry & special events throughout the year. Visit their website here.