A view of the Dorset area.

                A image of Durdle Door on a sunny day.

Things to do near Swanage

From popular attractions to stunning hidden gems, explore and discover all the things to do in Dorset during your stay with us.

Local attractions near Swanage Bay View

Head to Studland and capture stunning holiday snaps looking out towards Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight, something to show your friends back home and fill your insta feed with. Must see natural landmarks for big and little ones include Durdle Door, an ancient stone arch, and the layered cliffs near picture-perfect Lulworth Cove. 

Pack your buckets and spades, sandwiches and swimmers and head to Poole or Swanage to feel the fine sand slipping between your toes, see the colourful beach huts and grab an ice cream.

Known as a rural county, Dorset is also home to acres of county parks and heathland, great for nature-lovers looking for wildlife. Make sure you have a day trip to Durlston Country Park on your list. Stunning coastal views, walking trails, interesting geology and fascinating wildlife, means there is plenty to see and do, whether it's just the two of you or you are looking for family fun. Here's a top tip, it's also one of the best places to spot dolphins too!

Watersports enthusiasts, family holidays, romantic weekend breaks, energetic walkers and keen cyclists, no matter your reason for visiting, you will be sure to find something in Dorset to capture your heart.

Places to visit

Family attractions

Monkey World

The Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is located near Wool, Dorset and is a popular attraction for many visitors each year.

Drive time: Between 20 and 45 minutes

Dog friendly: No

For further information, please visit website.

Outdoor adventures/walks

Durdle Door

Visit the iconic landmark that is Durdle Door - a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset.

Drive time: Between 20 and 45 minutes

Dog friendly: Yes

For further information, please visit website.

History & Culture

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