Lovely to relax in, friendly people, scenary
Chilly in the winter, hilly
From Swanage, you can take a stream train to Norden (north of Corfe Castle) which has a large park & ride car park. The train also stops at Herston Halt (on request), Harman's Cross and Corfe Castle. Maybe one time the line will be extended to Wareham which will connect you to the main railway network then. From what I understood some first steam...more
Corfe Castle is an picturesque ruined castle in the village of the same name. The castle looks already great from the car park below and I was impressed by the huge castle grounds and the many remains of the castle.The castle was founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror and was a royal fortress for several hundreds of years. In 1646...more
The area north of Swanage is formed of chalk, and the steep white cliffs that you can see from Swanage look really impressive. Ballard Point is the headland close Swanage, and a bit further there's Old Harry Rocks, some bright white pillars in the sea. Unfortunately it was pretty dizzy when we were Swanage, but even then it looked nice. I would...more
The Wellington Clock Tower originally was located in London, next to the London Bridge. It was built in 1854 as memorial to the Duke of Wellingtan. In 1867 it was moved to Swanage in 1867. Obviously it was blocking the traffic and was not needed anymore. Also stone was shipped from Swanage to London and the boats needed some load on the return...more
Peveril Point is a rocky reef at the southern end of Swanage bay, with a coastguard hut. From there you have nice views on Swanage Bay and further north to Bournemouth. To the south, you can see the top of Durlston castle in the Durlston Country Park.You can walk there along the seafront and the coastal path, however parts of this are flooded at...more
Smanage has a nice promenade & beach and we enjoyed the views over the Swanage Bay towards the white cliffs in the north and Peveril Point to the south. On our way back it was high tide and it was funny to see the waves splashing on the promenade sometimes!South of the beach is an old Victorian Pier that was built in 1896. The pier originally was...more
The Pier in Swanage is run by a registered charity in order to fund the upkeep of this lovely, historical structure.For less than the price of an evening meal for two you can purchase a brass plate that will be fastened to the decking of the pier forever! For an additional, modest sum, you can also buy a framed certificate with a photo of your own...more
Just off Poole Harbour is Brownsea Island, founder of the scout movement & where anyone who works for the John Lewis partnership (Waitrose etc) can go for a holiday at the castle. The National Trust owns Brownsea & it cost me £7.00 from Swanage pier, & £4.20 landing fee’s. I travelled on the Dorset Bella which took about 30 minutes, you can get...more
This reasonably priced B&B has 8 rooms. Our room was on the top floor, was very clean and it felt a...more
This has to be one of the best hostels I have been to yet. It's situated at the top of a big hill in...more
Beach Road,Studland Bay, Swanage, BH19 3AU, GB
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Typical English pub fayre including steaks and burgers but also salads, Ciabatta and wraps, fish, chicken, meat dishes. (Steaks around 12GBP)Some vegetarian dishes available also.The inn is a very traditional place to eat or enjoy a drink. The local ales are exceptionally well-kept and never disappoint whereas the blackboards display the most...more
Swanage restaurants cope well out of season in this small town but in season its wise to book as places are packed out. We went to Tawnys wine bar & were pleasantly surprised with the friendliness of the staff & the ambience. The food caters for a mixture of tastes. The dish that I picked was on the rich side but exactly what I was looking for.The...more
Old, traditional country pub with stone floors and low ceilings.There is a selection of outdoor seating and tables consisiting of various stone benches, tables, logs to sit-on, old wooden tables, etc.This place is a favourite stopping-point for walkers and visitors to the area.Cash only - no cards. They don't do a selection - it's a Pasty or...more
The perfect way to see Dorset and to visit Corfe Castle.
The award-winning Swanage Railway currently operates on the six miles of track between Swanage and Norden, through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.
Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1HB
I rarely enjoy shopping, and here I loved it. There is something for everyone.
My favourite shop being 'Curiosity'... it is an absolute delight for any girl.. with all kinds of knick knacks... and it is very popular! This is quite off-putting though, as it was crowded and the shop, although large, has tiny aisles and is jam-packed with produce!
What to buy: You can find almost anything 'girly' here... from ornate hair accessories to bead and glass necklaces, from satin dressing table boxes to old-fashioned metal fridge magnets.
What to pay: Average prices I thought!
Take a steam railway ride to Corfe from Swanage station.in Summer 2012, an adult single was about 10.50GBP and a return about 16GBP - Children 7GBP and 11GBP respectively.However, many people take the train there and get the bus back.There are also "special occasions" - see the Swanage railway web site for...more
It's lovely basking along the Swanage seafront, seagulls calling, children laughing; then the deck chair attendent comes up and declares it's £1.50 to sit for four hours!Cheaper to bring one of them fold up chairs I think. Make sure you got £1.50 (daylight robbery) Bring a fold-up chair, or simply use you bum.more
Luggage and bags:
Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
One of over 230 RNLI lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.It provides on call,a 24hour lifeboat search and rescue service,which relies entirely on voluntary contributions and legacies as it receives know help from the government.A visit to the lifeboat station gives you a chance of speaking to a crew member as...more
If you walk along the coastal path, away from Swanage you will eventually come across this Globe, built by "Mr" Mowlam. Mowlam owned a construction company that still builds roads and public buildings all across the UK.The walk to the Globe is reward enough for your efforts, the views out to sea are wonderful, but, because not many people get this...more
When we visited in 2001, we drove to Swanage and went to mass at 1000. I told my husband that it was not on my top ten list of great masses - I couldn't understand any of the homily (sermon) that was read (!!) by the priest.In 2003, when we came back again, we went to church in Swanage after breakfast- same priest as the last time we were here.more
There are many smalll boats and sailing ships here, as well as a large scuba diving contingent.We enjoyed sitting by the side of the stoney harbour wall, watching all that was going on around us.There were families throwing stones into the water, with their dogs playing along too...there were plenty of scube divers and people going out for a sail.more
I was staying with a friend for the weekend and we popped down to the seaside! She is in a house-share in North London so was also keen to get away.I really enjoyed Swanage... the seagulls, beach and friendly people :-) It is not too far to drive for a weekend away too, it took us 2 hours.Maybe next time we might stay here longer? I hope so :-)more