Destination guide

Travel to culturally rich Swanage

Enjoy the culture and other features of Swanage. This welcoming city is known for its seaside, beaches and parks. Corfe Castle and Brownsea Island are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in and around Swanage

Do you want to find top things to see and do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Swanage a fun spot to vacation. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Monkey World Ape Rescue Center (11.5 mi / 18.6 km)
  • Swanage 18 Hole Pitch and Putt (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Poole Twin Sails Bridge (6.4 mi / 10.3 km)
  • Alum Chine Beach (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
  • Bournemouth Pier (8 mi / 12.8 km)
  • Oceanarium (8 mi / 12.9 km)

Seasonal weather in Swanage

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, July, September and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 66°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Swanage

Travelers appreciate the beautiful ocean views and picturesque gardens, which is just a taste of what Swanage has to offer. Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Swanage is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Brownsea Island (4.8 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Bournemouth Beach (8.1 mi / 13 km)
  • Swanage Beach (1.5 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Durlston Country Park (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Old Harry Rocks (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (3 mi / 4.8 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Swanage

Fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), the closest airport, located 12.6 mi (20.3 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Swanage Herston Halt Station, Swanage Station and Wareham Harman's Cross Station are the main stations in the city.

Where to stay around Swanage?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 923 vacation rentals near Swanage. From 326 Houses to 212 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Swanage for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Swanage?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Swanage. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Swanage Beach: 1,441 vacation rentals
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve: 1,548 vacation rentals
  • Anvil Point Lighthouse: 1,287 vacation rentals
  • Durlston Country Park: 1,319 vacation rentals
  • Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre: 1,381 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Swanage listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Swanage?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 326 Houses in Swanage. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Swanage include:

  • Cottages: 212 rentals available
  • Cabins: 212 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 342 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Swanage?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 28 vacation rentals with pool available in Swanage. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.