Swanage is a small Victorian seaside resort on the Isle of Purbeck. The town looks over a gently shelving blue flag beach with its own pier and a harbour suitable for small day boats.
The pier, originally built as a dock for the paddle steamers that were used to transport Purbeck stone to Poole and London, is now one of the UK's best diving locations and home to its oldest diving club, Divers Down.
Type of Beach
There is a seasonal lifeguard service
Dogs are banned from the beach from 1st May to 30th September.
Toilets with disabled facilities and several cafes and restaurants. There is a first aid point and a lost child centre.
There are several car parks in the area. The closest is on Horsecliffe Road just above the beach
Steps and a ramp lead onto the beach from the promenade.