hotel in swanage dorset

Attractions

Dorset and the Isle of Purbeck offer so many great days out, whether it is hiking along our renowned Jurassic coast line, visiting the many historic sites and landmarks, or tasting the award-winning Chococo chocolate at their factory and shop located minutes away in the centre of town. The most difficult thing you will have to do is choose how to spend your time.

When planning your days out, feel free ask our staff about any shops, markets or local activity that you are interested in and we would be more than happy to help. Maps of trails and footpaths of the surrounding area and brochures are available at reception.

Below is a list of some activities and sites in the area:

Beaches
The golden sandy beaches in Swanage and Purbeck are some of the best in the UK with Swanage being awarded a Blue Flag.

Corfe Castle

Beautiful historic National Trust managed Corfe Castle, with its picturesque village sitting in rolling hills is a delight for an afternoons explore. The castle itself has been voted the third most romantic ruin in the UK, with a wide variety of events throughout the year from Outdoor Theatre to Falconary etc.

Climbing
Swanage and Purbeck are very popular with climbing enthusiasts, with cliff climbs ranging from Hard to E7.  Dancing Ledge, Hedbury and Winspitt Quarry are very popular destinations.

Cumulus Outdoors provide a range of exciting and fun-filled outdoor adventure from Climbing, Coasteering & Ropes course.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Both Swanage and Studland bay are perfect for windsurfing in light conditions.  In stronger winds head over to Poole Harbour, one of the best locations for windsurfing and kitesurfing on the south coast.

Golf
Swanage and the surrounding area are a great destination for both advanced and amateur golfers.  There is an 18 hole golf course at the Isle of Purbeck Golf course at Studland and  the Swanage Pitch and Putt in Kirkwood Park as well as a small course at Beach Gardens.  

Walking
There are many footpaths around Swanage and Purbeck. The South Coast walk route passes through the area. A good starting place for walks is at Durlston Park which is well sign-posted from the town centre. Be sure to take a walk up to Old Harry's Rocks  and enjoy the breathtaking views.

Swanage Railway
Award-winning Swanage Railway operates on six miles of track between Swanage and Norden Park via Corfe Castle.  This is a wonderful way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding areas.

Durlston Country Park & Castle
Durlston Country Park is a nature reserve located on the southern coast of Swanage.  The park covers over 260 acres of land and is home to many different species of animals, birds and reptiles.  This is a popular destination for bird watchers.

Durlston Castle stands within Durlston Park and in recent years has become the World class 'Gateway Centre' for the park and for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Horse Riding
Beach riding on Studland Beach is just one of the memorable rides on offer from Studland Stables in Dorset. With 3 miles of sandy beaches and dunes, clifftop horse rides along National Heritage sites and 3000 acres of forest and heath Studland Riding Stables offers some of the most stunning riding in the UK.

Purbeck Shooting School
Established in 1995, Purbeck Shooting School has grown to one of the finest sporting clay facilities in the UK with some outstanding topography and mixed vegetation. This ground lends it self to naturalistic targets with a balance of difficulty to suit the beginner or the most accomplished shot.

Bovington Tank Museum
The Tank Museum is the museum of the Royal Tank Regiment & Royal Armoured Corps, with the best display of tanks in the world, bringing  the history of tanks and tank crew to life. Supported by the world’s best collection of tanks & action packed live displays. 

Monkey World
As seen on TV.  Monkey World  assists governments from around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild.  At the centre refugees are rehabilitated into natural living groups to spend the rest of their days being cared for in a natural environment.  Great day out for all the family.