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Wareham & Swanage

About Wareham & Swanage

What better way to spend your holiday on the South Coast than in a cottage in Wareham or Swanage?

Taking residence on the western edge of Poole’s large natural harbour, the two character towns sit side by side in one of the most picturesque spots in Dorset. Part of the Isle of Purbeck, not a true island but a peninsula, the region boasts a huge number of reasons to visit from fascinating geology and beautiful beaches to favourite family attractions and fantastic restaurants, festivals and events. There really is something for everyone.

Some of the South West’s finest beaches can be found here, including the award-winning Blue Flag sandy beach at Swanage and rugged Studland National Nature Reserve. Head west and you’ll pass through Kimmeridge Bay, located within the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve it is the best rock-pooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset, plus a great spot for fossil hunting. Go further and you’ll arrive at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, famous for its beautiful arch and sitting within the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

When you’re not traversing the South West Coast Path between beaches, be sure to visit one of the area’s great family attractions, such as Monkey World or Corfe Castle. Nature lovers will also enjoy a day out at one of the excellent reserves including Durlston Country Park and the Arne RSPB Reserve.

Swanage still retains its charming Victorian character, made even more special when arriving by steam train. A day spent strolling the promenade is also a great way to soak up the atmosphere, along with a chocolate cream tea at the popular Chococo Chocolate Café. Delicious!

Inspire: Wareham & Swanage Holiday Articles

Exploring Dorset - Day 1

We choose the delights of West Dorset for our minibreak, in an area stretching from Lyme Regis to Weymouth and Portland.

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Exploring Dorset - Day 2

On our second day in West Dorset, we set out to visit some of the region’s many fun-filled family attractions.

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Animal Attractions

Dorset’s picturesque plains aren’t just a wonderful draw for tourists throughout the year, they also make an idyllic permanent home for an array of animals. For holidaymakers that fancy a walk on the wild side, the working farms, bird reserves and conservation parks provide hours of entertainment.

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Best Beaches

As England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast ranks among the globe’s top natural wonders, with the likes of the Galapagos Islands and Victoria Falls for company. Spanning 95 miles, there is plenty for holidaymakers to explore, and a surprising diversity amongst its many beautiful beaches.

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Best Foodie Pubs

Dorset is bursting with quality local ingredients, whether grown in the earth or straight from the sea. And all that fresh coastal air is perfect for working up a thirst and an appetite.

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Cultural Coast

From breath-taking storm beaches to idyllic fields and traditional villages, Dorset’s dramatic scenery covers a spectrum of characters and moods. As the birthplace or holiday location of some of the UK’s most highly regarded authors, it is no wonder that the region has been cited as the inspiration behind an array of literary settings.

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On The Trail

Boasting more than 4,700 well-signed and waymarked footpaths, bridleways and byways, there’s every reason to discover Dorset on foot.

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Taste of the Sea

With its prime location along Britain’s south coast, Dorset is the ultimate destination for sampling sensational local seafood, with delectable dishes and takeout dinner options galore. There really is no better way to immerse yourself in a summer holiday sensation than by treating the taste buds.

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