Attractions in swanage and dorset Swanage and the Purbecks

What's on Guide
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For weekends and high season advance booking is recommended at the following popular restaurants:

The Corner Restaurant - 01929-424969

Ocean Bay Restaurant - 01929 422222

The Trat Italian Restaurant - 01929-423784

Tawny's Wine Bar - 01929 422781

Other restaurants where advance booking may not be essential include:

Masala Indian Restaurant - 01929 427299

Chilled Red - 01929-426066

Local Attractions:
Swanage Steam Railway offers a more intensive heritage steam and diesel timetable train service than virtually any other preserved railway. Steam and diesel galas, Family Fun Day events, plus regular Evening Dining services complement themed events Swanage Pier - take a stroll along the recently restored pier or board one of the Dorset Belles and enjoy a trip to Bournemouth or Poole, or during September embark on the Paddle Steamer Waverley for a memorable trip to the Isle of Wight or as a superb way to view the wonderful Jurassic Coast.

Durlston Country Park - situated 1 mile from Swanage in Dorset, is a fabulous 280 acre countryside paradise, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. With stunning views, walking trails, the historic Great Globe, superb geology and fascinating wildlife there is always something different to see.

Arne Nature Reserve – This is an unusual and special landscape where you can enjoy a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak woodland. Arne is a fantastic place for family walks at any time of year and we have regular children's days that enable all the family to learn about the unique nature of the heaths.
Putlake Adventure Farm, Langton Matravers - something for the whole family to enjoy, bottle feed the lambs and goats, even try your hand at milking cows! Ferret racing!
Monkey World, near Wool – home to 230 endangered species.
Tank Museum, Bovington - The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crew to life…supported by the world’s best collection of tanks & action packed live displays.

Blue Pool, Furzebrook near Wareham - A peaceful oasis in the heart of Purbeck. Blue water and abundant wildlife.  They also have the most fabulous Cup Cakes.
The National Trust owns three properties in the area:
Corfe Castle - One of Britain's most majestic ruins and once a controlling gateway through the Purbeck Hills, the castle boasts breathtaking views and several waymarked walks.

Brownsea Island in Poole offers a varied and beautiful landscape for enjoying the wonders of nature; from the patchworks of woodland, heath and grassy fields in the peaceful and secluded interior, to the cliffs and beaches of the coastline, which offer breathtaking views across the harbour to the Purbeck Hills.

Kingston Lacy - Home of the Bankes family for more than 300 years, this striking 17th-century house is noted for its lavish interiors.


The Isle of Purbeck Golf Club - A visit here is a must for all golfers; the beginner is catered for on the 9 hole Dene course and the Purbeck Championship course proves an exciting test for even the most accomplished golfer. The Club dates back to 1892, and among the past owners, who were responsible for the extension to 27 holes, were Enid Blyton, the legendary writer of children’s books, and her husband, Dr Darrell-Waters. The courses are built on heathland and are set within a nature reserve where many rare plants can be seen as well as rare birds. The restaurant has a well deserved reputation for excellent fare and very good value.

Wareham Golf Club -  Although less than 6000 yards, Wareham is a challenging and enjoyable course that offers a rewarding golf experience to golfers of all standards. Wareham also offers superb views across Poole Harbour, the Purbeck Hills and Wareham Forest.

Durlston Golf & Country Club - The Dorset Golf & Country Club hosts 27 holes of the most challenging golf in Dorset and is recognized as one of the golfing gems of the South of England. The Martin Hawtree designed; Lakeland/Parkland and Woodland courses are built to full USGA specification and are extremely well maintained, presenting excellent playing conditions for all levels of golfers. The Championship Lakeland/Parkland Course, Par 72, provides a great golfing experience with beautifully sculptured greens, surrounded by cleverly placed bunkers. The course also boasts some of the most picturesque lakes and waterways you could find on any course.  The Woodland Course, Par 33, offers a contrasting challenge to our main course with tight tree lined fairways, which have been carved through a forest of rhododendrons. Any combination of the Lakeland, Parkland and Woodland can be combined to create an exciting and different 18 holes each time you play.