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Places to stay in Swanage

Swanage was once only known to be a small port and fishing village, though this all changed in the Victorian era, when it transformed into a major quarrying port, as well as a textbook 19th-century seaside resort that suited the tastes of the upper and middle classes.

It is still very much a popular tourist resort for those of all ages, and thousands of people flock to Swanage to take advantage of its beautiful sandy beaches and various other attractions, including the world-famous Jurassic Coast - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hostels in Swanage
Hostels in Swanage

Sitting right at the heart of England's stunning coastline is YHA Swanage, an elegant Victorian villa that provides second-to-none views across Swanage Bay. Perfect for youngsters and older people alike, it is a safe and comfortable location that you can have a truly relaxing break in - and somewhere you will look forward to visiting again.


Five Free Things To Do In Swanage

Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage and, at 96 miles long, offers unparalleled opportunities to walk, explore and even find real dinosaur fossils.

Heading to the beach
Thousands of people enjoy Swanage's beach, where the waters are particularly clean - it has won countless European Blue Flag Awards, as well as the Encams Quality Coast Award.

Swanage Pier
The Victorian pier in the town was originally built for paddle steamers, and is now perfect for diving, sailing, fishing or just a nice walk. It's also the best place to take in the nicest views of Swanage.

Corfe Castle
This fascinating ruin was built by William the Conqueror and dates back to the 11th century. It stands in a gap in the Purbeck Hills between Wareham and Swanage and is now owned by the National Trust, protected as a Grade I listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Swanage Railway
While not free to ride, this stunning heritage railway runs for six miles and follows the route of the old Purbeck branch line from Norden, past Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Herston Halt before ending at Swanage.

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