Attractions near Swanage

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Swanage Railway

Dorset's premier standard gauge preserved steam railway. Operates between Swanage and Norden, through the Isle of Purbeck.

Swanage Railway

Swanage Pier Trust

Recently restored Victorian Pier located at the Southern area of Swanage Bay

Swanage Pier Trust

Durlston Country Park and Marine Project

A 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. 33 species of butterfly, over 250 species of bird, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths…

Durlston Country Park and Marine Project

Dancing Ledge

Large flat ledge and pool at the base of Jurassic Coast cliffs near Swanage. The platform is man-made, the result of quarrying

Dancing Ledge

Old Harry Rocks

Pair of impressive chalk sea stacks located off the end of Handfast Point near Swanage. Named after local pirate, Harry Paye

Old Harry Rocks

Winspit Quarry

Winspit is an old disused quarry on the coastal cliffs near Worth Matravers. The stone from this quarry was highly prized and used in various prestigious buildings in London. Some of the caverns are still…

Winspit Quarry

Corfe Castle

Large 11th century castle that now lies in ruins since it was slighted in the English Civil War. It still cuts a majestic form dominating the village below

Corfe Castle

Blue Pool, Furzebrook

The magical Blue Pool is unique attraction in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck. Set in peaceful woodland between Wareham and Corfe Castle this apparently natural beauty spot began life as a clay pit in…

Blue Pool, Furzebrook

Compton Acres

Ten acres of beautiful gardens, shops, restaurants, a delicatessen and regular events. Open 7 days a week.

Compton Acres

Poole Park

Large public park adjacent to Poole harbour. Contains several man made lakes and is a conservation area

Poole Park

Wareham Town Museum

The museum features exhibits from the local area from prehistoric times to the present day. It also has a collection dedicated to the life of Lawrence of Arabia

Wareham Town Museum

Bournemouth Oceanarium

Come face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe. Fully interactive, with touch screen games, feeding demonstrations and talks, plasma screen documentaries, walk through underwater…

Bournemouth Oceanarium

Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Housed in a fine Victorian villa overlooking the beach the gallery and museum are home to an important fine art collection and extensive Victoriana from around the Globe

Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Museum of Design in Plastics

University museum celebrating plastics in design. Collection contains over 8,000 international, historical and contemporary design examples

Museum of Design in Plastics

Place Mill

Carefully restored Anglo-Saxon watermill situated on Christchurch Quay at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Stour. Now home to a local arts and crafts market

Place Mill

Red House Museum and Gardens

Housed in a former Georgian workhouse the museum now features collections including local history, costume, geology, natural history and archaeology

Red House Museum and Gardens

Christchurch Priory Church

Reputedly the longest parish church in England, the current building dates back to 1094. This grand church is built on the site of a 7th century Saxon Priory

Christchurch Priory Church

Christchurch Castle

The remains of Norman motte and bailey castle set overlooking the town and River Avon below. The site also contains the 12th-century riverside "Constables House", a rare example of an early Norman dwelling.

Christchurch Castle

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

The only UK charitable museum dedicated to preserving operational examples of historic aircraft. The museum occupies a 30,000 sq ft hanger at Bournemouth International Airport.

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

Wimborne Minster

The church of St Cuthburga, Winborne Minster dates back over 1300 years. The current church is mostly Norman in origin although there are Saxon and Gothic features. Features include chained library, an…

Wimborne Minster

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