A view of the Dorset area.

                A image of Durdle Door on a sunny day.

Things to do near Swanage Bay

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

Tank Museum

Bringing the story of tanks and their crews to life, the museum houses over 300 miltary machines.

Drive time: Between 20 and 45 minutes

Dog friendly: No

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Curiosity Shop

Novelities and trinkets, crafts and gifts

Drive time: Less than 10 minutes

Dog friendly: No

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Visit towns close to Swanage Bay


Swanage, nestled along the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England, is a quintessential seaside town with charm aplenty. Its picturesque bay, flanked by rugged cliffs, draws visitors seeking both relaxation and adventure.

Drive time: Less than 10 minutes

Dog friendly: Yes.


Poole, situated on the picturesque coast of Dorset, England, is a charming seaside town with a rich maritime history. Its expansive harbor, one of the largest natural harbors in the world, is a hub for water sports and leisure activities.

Drive time: Between 10 and 20 minutes

Dog friendly: Yes


Bournemouth, a coastal gem on the south coast of England, is famous for its pristine sandy beaches, lively atmosphere, and charming Victorian architecture.

Drive time: About an hour

Dog friendly: Yes

For further information, please visit website.


Nestled in the heart of Dorset's scenic countryside, Wareham is a delightful market town brimming with character and charm. Its historic streets are lined with quaint shops and cafes offering visitors a taste of traditional English life.

Drive time: Between 20 and 45 minutes

Dog friendly: Yes


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Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big