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Swanage - South 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



All the facilities of a seaside resort
Toilets with disabled facilities and several cafes and restaurants
There is a first aid point and a lost child centre


Sea canoeing
Fishing and crazy golf and bowls
There is cycle hire
A diving school and boat trips on offer at the nearby marina

Nature and Wildlife

Explore Swanage. walk out to Pevril point or follow the coast path further afield.

Water Quality

Not Tested



Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily.


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

Tourist Information

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


Nearest town: Swanage
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6083, -1.95619
Postcode: BH19 1BS
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

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Situated within Swanage town centre.

Public Transport

5 min walk from Swanage train station.

Nearest Railway Stations

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

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


Various car parks available.

Nearby Car Parks

Broad Road - Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage (Long stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Mermond Place, Swanage (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Broad Road, Swanage (Long stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Co-op Pioneer, Swanage (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Main Beach (Victoria Avenue), Swanage (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
North beach (De Moulham Road), New Swanage (Long stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Durlston Head West, Durlston Country Park (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Durlston Head East, Durlston Country Park (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Spyway, Swanage (Unknown stay).
About 2.2 miles away
South Beach, Studland (Unknown stay).
About 2.4 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Swanage