Swanage Bay, Dorset

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June 2024

Swanage Bay tide times

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Things to see and do near Swanage Bay

If you're planning a visit to Swanage Bay, you'll find that there are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area. Here are just a few ideas to help you make the most of your trip.

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  • Visit the Old Harry Rocks: These stunning chalk cliffs, located at the eastern end of Swanage Bay, are a must-see for anyone visiting the area. The best way to experience them is to take a leisurely walk along the South West Coast Path, which offers stunning views of the coastline and the sea.
  • Explore the Jurassic Coast: Swanage Bay is located within the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches for over 95 miles along the southern coast of England. This area is known for its rich fossil heritage, with remains of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures having been found here.
  • Visit the Swanage Steam Railway: This heritage railway offers a fun and unique way to explore the stunning Dorset countryside. Take a ride on a steam train and enjoy the beautiful views as you travel along the Purbeck coast.
  • Visit Durlston Country Park: This beautiful country park is located just a short distance from Swanage Bay and offers a great range of outdoor activities and attractions. Take a walk along the coastal path, visit the castle, and explore the nature reserve.
  • Visit the Durlston Castle: Located within Durlston Country Park, this 19th-century castle offers stunning views of Swanage Bay and the surrounding coastline. The castle is now a visitor center and museum, with a range of exhibits and displays on local history and wildlife.
  • Visit the Swanage Pier: Built in 1895, this Victorian pier is a popular spot for fishing, strolling, and enjoying the views. It is also home to a small café and gift shop.
  • Visit the Studland Beach: This beautiful beach is located just a short distance from Swanage Bay and is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. The beach is also home to a range of amenities, including a café, toilets, and showers.
  • Take a boat trip: A boat trip is a great way to explore the stunning coastline and waters around Swanage Bay. There are a number of boat operators offering a range of trips, from short sightseeing tours to longer fishing or diving excursions.
  • Visit the Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre: This museum offers a fascinating insight into the history and culture of Swanage and the surrounding area. It features a range of exhibits, displays, and artifacts, including items relating to the local Jurassic Coast.
  • Visit the Purbeck Falconry Centre: Located just a short distance from Swanage Bay, this attraction offers the chance to see a range of birds of prey up close. You can watch flying displays, take a bird-handling experience, and learn about these fascinating creatures.
  • Visit the Durlston Bay Nature Reserve: This nature reserve, located near Swanage Bay, is home to a range of flora and fauna, including many rare and threatened species. It is a great spot for birdwatching, with over 400 species having been recorded here.
  • Visit the Dancing Ledge: This stunning coastal feature, located just a short distance from Swanage Bay, is a popular spot for rock climbing and bouldering. It offers a range of challenging routes, with stunning views of the surrounding coastline.
  • Visit the Peveril Point: This headland, located at the eastern end of Swanage Bay, offers stunning views of the surrounding coastline and the sea. It is a popular spot for walking, with a number of footpaths and trails leading along the coast and through the nearby countryside.

There are many things to see and do near Swanage Bay. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or outdoor activities, you'll find plenty of ways to enjoy your time in the area!