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There are plenty of places to see and visit around Swanage. Whether you love hiking or cycling, Swanage is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions around Swanage

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    Corfe Castle

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Arguably the UK's most beautiful medieval castle ruins, Corfe Castle's history goes back over a millennia and it has long benefitted from its dominant position on the steep-sided chalk hill. …

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    Old Harry Rocks

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    The bridleway that circumnavigates Handfast Point gives you the perfect opportunity to marvel at these three huge chalk formations. From hereto can also soak up one of the most iconic …

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    Corfe Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    This fantastic ruin dates back to the 11th century and was built by William the Conqueror. It occupies a gap in the chalk hills and dominates the landscape. It underwent …

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    Kit P
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    Old Harry Rocks

    Hiking Highlight

    These chalk formations are said to have received their name either as a reference to pirate Harry Poole, or because the Devil ("Old Harry") took a nap on them once. …

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    5

    Swanage Beach

    Hiking Highlight

    Swanage beach stretches along the town's entire seafront and is mostly sandy with some pebble sections. There's plenty to do here, and the beach has lifeguards at the swimming section …

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    Kit P
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    6

    Arne

    Bike Touring Highlight

    RSPB Nature Reserve and it has a cafe.
    Great views, beautiful walks. Cafe excellent and staff very friendly.
    Obviously pretty good for birders and there were some very excited 'twitcher' …

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    Paul
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    7

    Sandbanks

    Bike Touring Highlight

    With some of the most expensive real estate in the world (yes, really), riding through Sandbanks is a cool way for passing from the more metropolitan Dorset to the more …

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    emmie c
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    The Old Town Hall at Corfe Castle was passed to the Town Trust in 1888 and at that time was already more than 200 years old. The ground floor was …

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    Edvard
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    9

    Studland Ferry

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Sandbanks Ferry carries passengers and vehicles between Sandbanks and Studland. You can travel with your bike for just £1. Boats leave from Sandbanks every 20 minutes from 7am until 11pm. Check if the service is running beforehand though: sandbanksferry.co.uk

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    10

    Arne RSPB

    Road Cycling Highlight

    A fantastic nature reserve, made very popular by an appearance on BBC Springwatch. It has variable habitats including deciduous and coniferoues woodlands, heath and a small stretch of beach in …

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    11

    Flaghead Chine

    Hiking Highlight

    While neighbouring Sandbanks is famous for its jaw-droppingly expensive properties, celebrity residents and golden sand, Flaghead Chine Beach is really just as wonderful, only quieter.

    Exquisite, fine sand and wonderful …

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    Kit P
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    The earliest known incumbent is recorded in 1280. It was named after St Edward the Martyr who was murdered on 18th March 978 on the orders of Queen Alfthryth, his …

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    Edvard
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    13

    St Aldhelm's Chapel

    Hiking Highlight

    St Aldhelm's Chapel is one of the oldest churches in England and is a Grade I-listed building. The Norman chapel, situated on the high outcrop of St Aldhelm's Head, was named after the Bishop of Sherbourne who died in 709AD.

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    Anvil Point Lighthouse

    Hiking Highlight

    Anvil Point Lighthouse, situated within Durleston Country Park, was completed in 1881 to warn ships of the hazardous seas nearby. These days, the lighthouse is open for guided tours and …

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    The Obelisk

    Hiking Highlight

    An impressive obelisk towering above Swanage, this monument was erected in 1892 to commemorate the town's new water supply. During the Second World War, it was briefly taken down so …

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    Kit P
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    Sandbanks Chainlink Ferry

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Only £1 to cross by bike. The ferry runs from 7am until 11pm, typically every 20 minutes.

    Check out more at sandbanksferry.co.uk/timetable.php

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    Tony
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    17

    Swyre Head

    Hiking Highlight

    The highest point in the Purbeck Hills, Swyre Head offers fantastic views in every direction. It lies just south west of Kingston village and can be easily reached thanks to …

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    Kit P
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    18

    Tilly Whim Caves

    Hiking Highlight

    Consisting of three former stone quarries, they were worked predominantly in the 18th century to extract valuable local limestone known as Purbeck Stone. The caves closed completely to the public …

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    Chris✶
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    Brownsea Island

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Brownsea is the largest island in Poole Harbour. Owned by the National Trust, the island is a haven for wildlife. Red squirrels dart amongst the woodland and peacocks prance around …

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    Amy
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    Beautiful road into Corfe Village

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Watch out in summer months for the tourists on the bend

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