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Situated in the paradisal green-swept countryside of south east Dorset, Swanage is a small welcoming seaside town, where the lulling melodies of soft sweeping waves echo around the narrow, historic streets. Part of the Jurassic coast, Swanage boasts a range of geological wonders which beautifully blend with the town’s ancient origins as a bustling Roman fishing village. With Baroque-inspired Victorian architecture, niche promenade-side boutiques and fine stretches of golden sand, Swanage makes for the perfect sun-soaked getaway.

Things to see

Start off your Swanage holiday with a captivating cultural tour of the town’s varied and remarkable architecture. First, amble toward the town’s small, gently curved harbour, where the Wellington Clock Tower - a Victorian, half-hollow white-stone masterpiece - stands like a giant, looming over the calm turquoise waters. After, either take a pleasant countryside drive or a riveting nature hike through dramatic coastal scenery - where the deep blue ocean crashes against chalky cliffs - to nearby Corfe Castle. These pristinely preserved ruins date back to the 11th century, the war-battered walls eventually being toppled by Oliver Cromwell. Now, the wind rings through the empty windows and stony ivy-clad walls. After your day of architectural adventures, stroll along the wooden pier and watch the amber sun set on the horizon, before returning to the town’s redbrick high-street to enjoy freshly cooked seafood and hearty, locally sourced ales.

Hotels in Swanage

For a taste of seaside luxury, treat yourself to a 4 or 5-star Swanage hotel, where the butler-like service will impress and the lavish room size - complete with enormous en-suites, WiFi, king size beds and in-room service - will dazzle. Often these hotels offer stellar views across the golden beach and rippling ocean. Guesthouses and B&Bs offer more affordable accommodation infused with a homely cosy charm where the hosts are endlessly friendly. Swanage’s verdant countryside is speckled with stately mansion houses - that provide rooms set in rich-green surroundings - at surprisingly affordable prices.

Where to stay

Central Swanage puts you in the heart of the town’s history, culture and excitement, where the streets are full of independent stores selling curious wares and locally-sourced produce, and fire-lit taverns and fine-dining restaurants are in abundance. Staying centrally means you’ll also be within walking distance of the unblemished, uncrowded beach. The area south of Swanage borders the Durlston country park and nature reserve, providing a stay immersed in greenery, where the melodic bird songs will brighten your day. For a true taste of old-world England, stay in nearby Corfe, where the castle ruins mystically dominate the skyline.

How to get to Swanage

Swanage sits at the very end of the Isle of Purbeck, a grassy, river-rich peninsular of expansive soft, luxuriant countryside. However, the A35 can be reached by driving along the A351 - which leaves from central Swanage - and from there motorways connect east to London or north to Bristol. Regular and reliable bus services provide year-round transport from Swanage to Poole and Bournemouth, making for a relaxing ride though the sprawling green scenery. Once in Swanage, the town is small enough to be explored by foot. The surrounding villages can be reached easily by car or along rejuvenating hiking trails.