Things to do in
Swanage

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended things to do in Swanage

From Poole: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

1. From Poole: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

Begin your trip at Poole Harbour and board an open deck boat fitted with seating and comfortable saloons. From here, you will be taken on a journey through 185 million years of history along the Jurassic Coastline. On your cruise pass a number of Dorset's most famous landmarks like the golden beaches of Sandbanks, Brownsea Island, and the Old Harry Rocks, named after a notorious pirate. Enjoy expert commentary from your captains as you glide by. Once reaching Swanage, head back towards Poole and capture the perfect picture of the famous chalk formations from the boat's outer deck.

From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

2. From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

Catch the early morning ferry across to the Isle of Purbeck. View Old Harry Rocks, the starting point of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in breath-taking views across Poole Harbour and towards Brownsea Island. By mid morning you will arrive at Durlston Country Park. Visit the brand new Jurassic Coast visitor center housed in the recently refurbished Durlston Castle. There’s time for a morning coffee stop overlooking the famous Great Globe and a chance to take the cliff top walk along to Tilly Whim Caves and the Anvil Point Lighthouse. For every visitor brought to Durlston Country Park, a contribution towards a bursary that helps to support their volunteer programme is made. Heading west drive through some of the tiny lanes and villages that give Purbeck its unique character. Take lunch in the village of Corfe Castle, dominated by the ruins that give it its name. Entrance to the castle itself not included (Free to NT members). After lunch take a gentle drive along the coast taking in more stunning scenery as you head for an afternoon at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Walk down to Man o’ War Rocks and view the magnificent rock arch of Durdle Door, hewn from the Portland limestone beds. Finally, head down to Lulworth Cove and see the famous Lulworth Crumple rock formation in Stair Hole.

Frequently asked questions about Swanage

What top attractions are a must-see in Swanage?

The must-see attractions in Swanage are:

What are the top things to do in Swanage this week?

Which tours in Swanage are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

These experiences in Swanage are taking additional COVID-19 precautions:

Other Sightseeing Options in Swanage

Want to discover all there is to do in Swanage? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Swanage

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 313 reviews

Staff are very friendly, very good experience, next time we will try the durdle door and lulworthcove ferry.. the downside was we booked for 915 tour but they said it was adjusted at 1030 and they didnt told us ahead of time so we waited for an hour 15mins..

Excellent trip very informant description of Poole to Swanage coastline. We were impressed with Swanage but only had a half hour stop off so we made a special trip by car the next day.

Amazing day, so beautiful landscapes , our tour guide John was very friendly and a great guide . I highly recommend the tour !!

Superb value for money. Very interesting and informative commentary. And this from seasoned boaters!

Really enjoyed the trip, great value and captain was very informative. Would recommend