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Swanage Town Council
Families are well catered for with a variety of all-weather attractions, indoor leisure activities and events.
Find out why Swanage makes the ideal base for your holiday, the area has a wide range of attractions open throughout the year.
Dorset's premier standard gauge preserved steam railway. The award-winning Swanage Railway currently operates on the six miles of track between Swanage and Norden, through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.
The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England's first natural World Heritage Site - it is known as The Jurassic Coast. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history.
Peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding. A haven for wildlife, including red squirrels, peacocks and deer. Discover nature in this unspoilt setting.
Corfe Castle, Dorset
Thousand-year-old castle, an iconic survivor of the English Civil War, rising above the Isle of Purbeck. One of the most evocative ruined castles in England. Over 1,000 years of turbulent history. The Swanage Railway operates a steam train service to Corfe.
Durlston Country Park
A fabulous 113 hectare (280 acre) countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. Whether it is the fabulous views, walks, the Great Globe, the superb geology or the fascinating array of wildlife, there is always something different to see at Durlston.
Isle of Purbeck - Tourist Guide
The Isle of Purbeck is full of great places to explore and visit and is renowned for its diverse wildlife including rare birds and sea life with dolphins regularly being spotted along the coastline from Studland to Lulworth Cove. The Isle of Purbeck is also famous for its great beaches especially Studland beach with its miles of golden sand and clear blue waters and Swanage with its sandy beach and its wonderful Pier.
Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim and Alison Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a permanent, stable home. Today Monkey World works in conjunction with foreign governments from all over the world to stop the illegal smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia. At the park visitors can see more than 150 primates of 15 different species.
Putlake Adventure Farm
A family run adventure farm set in the beautiful purbeck countryside, at Langton Matravers only 2 miles from Swanage town centre. Large indoor heated soft play zone, outdoor play area, bottle feeding lambs and goats, tractor trailer rides, many rare breeds of animals, pet and garden centre plus tearooms.
RSPB - Arne
A wonderful place of open heathland and old oak woodland – this habitat is rare in Britain today, but here you can enjoy its vast expanse and discover some of the special wildlife which makes its home here.
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Glorious sandy beaches stretching for 3 miles. A haven for rare birds and other native wildlife, embraces two national nature reserves.
The Tank Musuem, Bovington
The Worlds Largest Collection of tanks and armoured fighting vehicles.
The Ginger Pop Shop (Enid Blyton)
The Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe Castle village Square. It helps Enid Blyton fans of all ages to a greater enjoyment of her books through exploring the places in Dorset where the stories were set and by understanding the historical period in which they were written.