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Swanage in general
Member Name: jojo8948
Swanage in general
Advantages: Beautiful, Fairly easy to find, Loads of nearby attractions
Disadvantages: It's a bit of a hilly town, so can be a bit tiring walking around it for hours, but worth it.
Me and my husband have just visited Swanage from the Midlands. It was recommended to us by a friend so we took a gamble, not knowing much about the area and bowled off down there for a 5 day camping break.
To get there from the midlands was fairly straight forward with iphones and a road map in tow. The only sticky part of the journey was through Bath, I'm not sure if you can avoid this but there seemed to be a heavy flo of traffic as soon as we hit Bath but luckily once you are out of Bath the traffic seemed to disperse quickly. It took us about 4 hours to get there in total, which I didn't think was too awful.
We stopped on a camp site owned by a group called Shorefield and the camp site itself was called Swanage coastal park. The pitches were great (ground was hard but that can't be helped really) and the facilities like the shower block, toilets etc were extremely clean and well kept. They also offer static caravans to rent out. The camping was a great price it cost us £47.50 for 5 nights. The camp site was at the top of a hill so it might be a bit difficult for anyone who has problems walking but for us it was perfect.
Swanage is quite a small town, but is one of the better coastal towns I have visited in the UK. It has a beach front to walk along with the usual attractions such as an arcade, fish and chip shops etc. It has a lot of quirky small shops that I have never seen in other town centres and they were great for having a mooch around. There are also a few surf shops which sell clothes and sports equipment.
There is no shortage of pubs and restaurants in the town itself. As we were camping though we didn't really visit them as we were making our own food. We did visit a pub called the Globe which is just on the outskirts of the town and that was a lovely pub, with an attractive beer garden and friendly staff.
The coastline of Swanage and the surrounding areas is extremely beautiful, and there are loads of nearby towns and attractions to visit.
Some of places we went to were:
Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door - beautiful coastline and stunning views, a tremendous walk from one to the other which you definitely need walking boots for but truly worth the effort).
Corfe & Corfe Castle - Stunning castle which you can see from the road but great for a walk around.
Weymouth Sea Life Centre - Expensive for 2 adults but a lot better than I expected with a lot of outdoor activities for children like a splash pool and panning for gold. Some really rare creatures such as Leafy Sea Dragons, and brilliant displays and enclosures.
Bournemouth - Good for a bit of shopping and walking along the beach, a bit more of a touristy coastal town.
There are also a lot more places to visit but we didn't have the time.
You can download or order a free brochure about swanage from
You can also find out more about the town and it's srrounding areas by visiting
I would definitely recommend Swanage for couples or families. It's a beautiful little town with loads of nearby attractions.
Summary: A great UK Coastal town.