Swanage is a popular seaside resort on the area on the east coast of the Isle of Purbcek. It is around 7 miles south of Poole, geographically but longer to travel to by road if you do not use the ferry. Swanage has a fine sandy blue flag beach and also has traditional seaside attractions such as paddle boats, Punch and Judy, play parks and amusement arcades.
Swanage is a town with a long history as a small fishng port. In Roman times, a quarry close to the town was used to supply fine Purbeck marble to as far away as London (Londinium). During Saxon times, Swange Bay was the location of a famous sea battle when Alfred the Great beat off Viking raiders. This battle is commenorated by the statue on the seafront.
As well as being a resort in it's own right, Swanage is an ideal base to explore this beautiful area of Dorset. It is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast, but other attractions such as Corfe Castle, Wareham Forest, Durlston and Studland Nature Reserves are also nearby.