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Swanage - Central Beach

Swanage, Dorset

The safe sheltered bay is flanked by magnificent chalk headlands on either side. The gently sloping sands form a good 2km family beach with a promenade, providing all the facilities of a small seaside resort.

Beach Type



Toilets with disabled facilities and several cafes and restaurants
There is a first aid point and a lost child centre


Sea canoeing
Crazy golf

Nature and Wildlife

The Dorset Coast Path extends in both directions from Swanage Bay. passing through beautiful countryside along this section of coast. The path to the north leads to Handfast Point. which provides excellent views of Old Harry Rocks and Poole Bay.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily.


Dogs are banned from the beach from 1st May to 30th September.

Awards and Recommendations

Blue Flag Beach
Quality Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Swanage Tourist Information Centre The White House Swanage Tel: 0870 442 0680


Nearest town: Swanage
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6128, -1.95618
Postcode: BH19 1NS
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Swanage, Dorset at Explore Britain.


Steps and a ramp lead onto the beach from the promenade.

Public Transport

No Details.

Nearest Railway Stations

Parkstone (Dorset) (Approx. 7 miles away)
Poole (Approx. 7 miles away)
Branksome (Approx. 8 miles away)
Hamworthy (Approx. 9 miles away)
Wareham (Dorset) (Approx. 9 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


There are several car parks in the area.

Nearby Car Parks

Mermond Place, Swanage (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Co-op Pioneer, Swanage (Short stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Main Beach (Victoria Avenue), Swanage (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Broad Road - Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
North beach (De Moulham Road), New Swanage (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Broad Road, Swanage (Long stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Durlston Head West, Durlston Country Park (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Durlston Head East, Durlston Country Park (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
South Beach, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Spyway, Swanage (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Swanage