View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path Dog friendly Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: spring

The sea was calm and the sky was blue for this spring season visit to Swanage.  Kayaks were out in the bay and visitors and tourists mingled on the beach.  There’s a fine arc to the beach here and all the facilities you might need are close at hand, including a beach bistro, cafe bar and all manner of water sports.  The beach huts were opening up for the season, some being dusted down after the winter recess.  This is a good place to meet friends or to simply relax and let the day pass by.

Spring season photo gallery


Barry is a convert to Swanage, happy by the beach.


The view from the flat calm water’s edge.

Season: autumn

On a bright day, Swanage is an ideal place to enjoy the sun and play in the sand and sea.  Deckchairs, pedalos, kayaks and sun beds are all for hire here. The beach runs the length of the town and is backed by a promenade lined with amusements and attractions.  Near to the Lifeboat House is the Wellington Clock Tower, which once stood on London Bridge.  On a clear day you can see all the way over to the Isle of Wight.  The town has a long association with scuba diving, the shallow bay and clear waters offering an excellent environment for the sport.  Other water sports include sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing.  The South West Coast Path passes by the beach, leading via Old Harry Rocks to nearby Studland Bay.

Autumn visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Margaret.

2 thoughts on “Swanage

  1. Edward

    We love the Blue Flag sandy beach at Swanage, as it’s so quintessentially British, with a Punch and Judy show and fish and chips to eat on the pier. It’s a popular beach for water sports and the pier is renowned as a great location for diving. There is plenty to see along the promenade and by the Lifeboat House you will find Wellington Clock Tower, part of the former London Bridge.

  2. Laurence T

    Swanage beach was the first time I remember seeing the sea. As we approached the beach all I remember is the ever-disappearing land as the sky got lower and lower until it met the horizon and the sea itself! As a six-year-old from furthest inland this experience has stayed with me for over sixty years!

    Those days were happy times; four brothers and sisters, including my twin brother Michael. Your short video brought back so many memories!

    Thank you.


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