Swanage Beach

Swanage Bay

Central Beach

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


Lifeguard Service

There is a seasonal lifeguard service

Dog Friendly?

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.

Nearest Town


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Swanage Beach tide times

  • Thu 17th January

    High 12:42am (4.44m)
    Low 07:22am (1.88m)
    High 01:15pm (4.60m)
    Low 07:54pm (1.68m)
  • Fri 18th January

    High 01:50am (4.70m)
    Low 08:29am (1.60m)
    High 02:19pm (4.86m)
    Low 08:56pm (1.40m)
  • Sat 19th January

    High 02:48am (5.03m)
    Low 09:28am (1.27m)
    High 03:13pm (5.14m)
    Low 09:52pm (1.10m)
  • Sun 20th January

    High 03:38am (5.37m)
    Low 10:23am (0.94m)
    High 04:03pm (5.40m)
    Low 10:44pm (0.84m)

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