Swanage is a town on the Isle of Purbeck, a spur of land jutting into the English Channel, in the county of Dorset. It is six miles from Poole and 25 miles from Dorset. The town developed as a port during the Victorian era, and later became a resort for holidays by the sea, thanks to its beautiful sandy beaches. Swanage holiday cottages are located at the eastern edge of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site which stretches from Exmouth to Studland Bay, and is famous for its unique geology and dinosaur fossils. A stroll away from your Swanage holiday cottage, the town’s sweeping, sandy beach is a wonderful spot to swim and sunbathe. The shore is gently sloping, the water is usually calm, and deckchairs and pedalos can be hired at the seafront. 

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Take a wander along the clifftops and you will be rewarded with spectacular views along the coast. Look out for the distinctive chalk cliff stacks known as Old Harry Rocks. You will find plenty of good places to eat and drink in and around the high street, including Trattoria, Gee White’s Seafood Restaurant, and Brook Tea Rooms. 

There are many family-friendly attractions to enjoy on self-catering holidays in Swanage, including the Victorian Pier, and the restored Swanage Steam Railway. K’s Funworld is an old-fashioned arcade with video games and assorted prizes, and Santa Fe is an amusement park with crazy golf and rides. 

Near the town, Corfe Castle is an imposing fort, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. During the summer months, carnival week in Swanage includes processions of floats and dancers, and firework displays. The nature reserve of Durlston Country Park is well worth exploring, covering more than 260 acres, with the chance to spot rare birds and dolphins.