Swanage in Dorset marks the Eastern end of the world famous Jurassic Coast. Swanage, in this pretty part of Dorset which is also known as the Isle of Purbeck.
Swanage is a Victorian town it’s heritage and prosperity can be partially attributed to it’s unique place in the quarrying history of the country. Further evidence of the Victorian era is one of the country’s few working steam railway that services the town and runs to a regular schedule throughout the day. This is a great way to approach the town passing the famous Corfe Castle en route.
Swanage is a coastal town in the south east of Dorset, England. It is situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck, approximately 10 km south of Poole and 40 km (25 miles) east of Dorchester. Nearby are Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks, with Studland Bay and Poole Harbour to the north. Within the parish are Durlston Bay and Durlston Coutry Park to the south of the town. The parish also includes the areas of Herston, just to the west of the town, and Durlston, just to the south.
The town, originally a small port and fishing village, flourished in the Victorian era, when it first became a significant quarrying port and later a seaside resort for the rich of the day. Today the town remains a popular tourist resort, this being the town's primary industry, with many thousands of visitors coming to the town during the peak summer season, drawn by the bay's sandy beaches and other attractions.
The town is located at the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.
The Jurassic Coast is a 95 mile stretch of outstanding geology in between Dorset and East Devon which is now designated as a World Heritage Site. Well preserved dinosaurs and dinosaur footprints have been found along parts of the coast and West Dorset is a very good area for fossils.
Although Swanage is know for its coastal Scenery, its stunning countryside has been awarded an area of outstanding beauty. Arneis celebrated for its lowland heathland, which is rare in Europe, and its wildlife including Dartford warblers, nightjars, all six species of British reptile, plus many species of butterflies, dragonflies, and moths. It is also home to nearly 500 types of flowering plants!
Swanage Victorian Town
The Victorian town of Swanage has a multitude of attractions for visitors. History buffs will be keen to follow the historic trail around Swanage, revealing its Victorian heritage.
Swanage Steam Railway
Our award-winning preserved steam railway is located within 10 mins walk. Experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.
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