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Swanage and the local area

Plenty to do on the Jurassic coast, no matter what you fancy!

Swanage is a beautiful, traditional English seaside town -situated amidst the stunning countryside of the Isle of Purbeck in south east Dorset. It marks the gateway to The Jurassic Coast which is the coastline between Old Harry Rocks, just north of Swanage, and Orcombe Point, Devon and is proudly designated a World Heritage Site of outstanding natural beauty.

Swanage has a safe wide sweeping Bay, which facing East is sheltered from the prevailing winds. As well as the sand for sandcastles swanage has a rocky Bay and Rock Pools to explore at low tide, after a walk to the Beautiful and unspoilt Ballard Down end of the beach. We have a wonderful programme of Events all Season and regular saturday night fireworks.

On the southern side of Swanage lies Durlston Country Park with nature trails and cliff walks. Visit the Park Centre and hear dolphins and other sea creatures on the hydrophone. For the ‘Twitchers’ amongst you, the birdlife to observe in this beautiful area will amaze. With stunning views, walks, lighthouse, bird watching, cafe and information centre its a great day out for the whole family here in Swanage.

Visit the Durlston Country Park website.

At the centre of the Isle of Purbeck lies the historic stone village of Corfe Castle dominated by the evocative and dramatic ruins of the 1000 year old castle. The castle has a programme of events such as out door cinema in the castle grounds.

Visit the Corfe Castle website.

For the more active amongst you, there is the glorious heath of Studland to explore by horse back, Kite and Wind Surfing Courses in Sandbanks, local Rib Charter and a local high ropes course.

Visit the Studland Coast website.

Whatever the weather visitors always enjoy a trip to Monkey World which is a World Renowned Ape Rescue Centre and kids of all ages will be happily occupied for hours at Bovington Tank Museum.

A great place to visit to see all the primates: Monkey World

Swanage Railway is a leading atraction for Swanage being a real live working steam train that you can ride on from Norden through to Swanage past Corfe Castle.

Take a step back in time and journey to Corfe and back to Swanage on a Steam Train and take in the views of the magnificent engines: Swanage Steam Railway

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Jurassic Coast

The official site for guiding you around England’s first natuarl World Heritage Site – Truly stunning 95 miles of coastline starts here.

Bird Watching in Dorset

A fantastic site for bird and nature lovers, great photos and latest updates. What better place to stay than the Sea House Bed and Breakfast if you are thinking of a bird viewing trip.

National Trust

The National Trust – Swanage and the surronding area have extensive National Trust Property.

Tank Museum

Just up the road from Swanage is the Tank Museum well worth a visit.


South West Coastpath

Isle Purbeck Golf Club

Known to be one of the leading courses in the UK high up on the downs with a beautiful view over Poole Harbour.

Boat Trips

Boat charters from Swanage quay for Fishing, Viewing the Coast, Bird Watching – Guillemots, Gulls, Razor Bills, Puffins, Kittiwakes, Shags, Cormorants etc.

Essential Swanage Dive Info

All the information needed to plan your diving in the Swanage Coastal Area plus information on many of the great dive sites that Swanage has to offer.

Studland Stables

Enjoy a wonderful horse ride among the heather or along one of the worlds most beautiful beaches on the Studlad Peninsula.


Lulworth Cove is one of the amazing attractions on the coast.

Corfe Castle Model Village

Stunning replica of the village of Corfe and the Castle.

Landrover Owners

We have regular visitors from this Landrover Group so if Landrovers are your passion you will be very welcome here at Sea House Bed and Breakfast.

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