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Besides the beach, there are other local attractions including the restored Swanage steam railway and the Victorian pier. The town may also be used a base from which to visit other nearby areas of interest, such as Corfe Castle.

To plan your journey by public transport contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: www.travelinesw.com to look up bus timetables.

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The 6 mile long line joins Swanage, Herston Halt, Harmans Cross, Corfe Castle and Nordon Park & Ride, the railway follows the route of the old Purbeck line read more...

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Fancy a day at the beach? Enjoy Swanage’s Blue Flag sandy beach or the more rugged 4 mile stretch of sand at Studland National Nature Reserve.

You can buy a combined train and bus ticket from any staffed South West Train station for this journey.

National Express Coaches operate a daily coach service from Swanage to London (One journey each way, to London in the morning, back in the evening).

Follow the A351 to Swanage into Victoria Avenue.

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Turn right at the junction with Shore Road.

If nature is more your thing, Durlston Country Park is a perfect place to discover the area’s rich wildlife, as is Brownsea Island and Wareham Forest. 

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The town also has the "Old Stable", a Christian-led community centre in the town centre.[33]

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Swanage's primary industry is tourism, employing a large number of the working population,[24] However, as with most tourism, the demand level is highly seasonal, and as such people looking for permanent work may have to commute to nearby towns such as Poole and Bournemouth.

Swanage Beach is one of the main attractions of the town.

The town hosts a number of annual festivals and events. In the summer months there is a carnival week which includes a procession of floats and dancers and several firework displays, and many other attractions and small events including live music from various bands from all over Southern England, races and a regatta.

Swanage Lighthouse was built in 1880, on the clifftop at Anvil Point, not far away from Durlston Castle.

Steam and diesel galas, Family events plus regular Evening Dining and Sunday Lunch services complement themed events such as our highly popular Santa Special trains during the run up to Christmas.

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In E.M. Forster's Howards End, Margaret and Mr. Wilcox first kiss there at the end of an evening's stroll, and the town is mentioned frequently throughout the book.[73]

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Our award-winning standard gauge preserved steam railway is located in Dorset with easy access from neighbouring Hampshire and the South of England. Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.


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Swanage Hospital is a small cottage hospital provided by NHS Dorset with an accompanying Ambulance Station provided by the South Western Ambulance Service. The hospital has a Minor Injuries Unit, providing basic 24 emergency care, inpatient and outpatient departments, an operating theatre, radiography, physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments.[44] Swanage Medical Practice provides GP services.[45]

A large private language school in the town, Harrow House, caters for foreign pupils. The school, founded in 1969[39] has a large white pressurised dome which serves as a sports hall, which is visible from some distance.

* Open Daily 10am - 5pm (Closed Sundays November until Easter). Open on bank holidays but please contact us to check Christmas and New Year opening times.

The town centre has a few medium sized outlets for major retailers, a collection of local retailers, a number of cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs. The seafront has two amusement arcades, several ice cream outlets, fish restaurants and cafes. The town also has a number of successful small-scale cottage industries.

Catch the train to Bournemouth Railway Station then transfer to the number 50 bus to Swanage Bus/Railway Station.

Class 33012 and 33201 Diesels operate additional services during the afternoon.

The town enjoyed several decades quietly being successful as a seaside resort. The First World War left few physical marks on the town, however during the Second World War gun emplacements and pillboxes were built at spots along the shoreline at the southern end of the bay. The town also received bomb damage during the Second World War, with 20 people killed. The town and other nearby villages are noted for playing a part in the development of radar.[14]