This seaside resort on the east coast of the Isle
of Purbeck is regarded as the gateway to
Dorset’s marvellous Jurassic Coast and
attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Formerly an important trading centre for
Purbeck marble, it has a restored pier, a
sandy bay and limestone cliffs offering
unrivalled opportunities for both climbers and
|A one-time Anglo Saxon port of some importance, it was the place where Alfred the Great famously thwarted a Viking Danish fleet in 877. The Wellington clock tower, erected on the shore, stood at the southern end of London Bridge until the mid 19th century when it was brought to Swanage by builders John Mowlem and his nephew George Burt. They also brought with them the façade from a London guild house, Mercers’ Hall, which adorns the local town hall.|
Burt also built a 40-stone
‘Great Globe’ which he placed at Durlstone
Head, now part of 260-acre Durlstone Country
Park, along with stone benches and plaques The
Portland stone globe has slabs around it
containing Shakespearian or Biblical
The Swanage Railway is run by dedicated enthusiasts and links Swanage with Corfe Castle, operating both steam and diesel locos.