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Guidebook for Swanage

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Guidebook for Swanage

Food
Great place for a wide selection of good, basic food. Great breakfasts, meat & veggie. Wonderful for families, with something on the menu for everyone. Open long hours too, so very handy.
Beavers
14 Institute Rd
Great place for a wide selection of good, basic food. Great breakfasts, meat & veggie. Wonderful for families, with something on the menu for everyone. Open long hours too, so very handy.
Gee Whites is a seafood restaurant and ice cream parlour, overlooking Swanage bay. It's really well regarded by those who eat fish, specialising in lobster. The ice cream is good, too.
Gee Whites
1 High St
Gee Whites is a seafood restaurant and ice cream parlour, overlooking Swanage bay. It's really well regarded by those who eat fish, specialising in lobster. The ice cream is good, too.
Lovely restaurant, with constantly changing menu. For non-vegetarians there is a fabulous choice. If you tell them you are vegetarian when you book, the chef will happily offer options for you.
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Chilled Red
1-5 Commercial Road
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Lovely restaurant, with constantly changing menu. For non-vegetarians there is a fabulous choice. If you tell them you are vegetarian when you book, the chef will happily offer options for you.
Wonderful garden centre. Really lovely cafe where you can sit outside by a beautiful pond (+ fish, and tadpoles in spring - great for kids to watch). Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & special events
Holme for Gardens
Wonderful garden centre. Really lovely cafe where you can sit outside by a beautiful pond (+ fish, and tadpoles in spring - great for kids to watch). Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & special events
Fabulous local chocolate shop, tucked away in the back lanes of Swanage. Great cafe too, selling chocolate cream teas, chocolate fondues, Purbeck ice cream and hot chocolate sauce, and wonderful cakes
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Chococo
21C-23A Commercial Road
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Fabulous local chocolate shop, tucked away in the back lanes of Swanage. Great cafe too, selling chocolate cream teas, chocolate fondues, Purbeck ice cream and hot chocolate sauce, and wonderful cakes
Uncomplicated and simple British garden food, true to the micro seasons and influenced by the coast, with the emphasis squarely on fresh, clean flavours.
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The Pig - on the beach
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Uncomplicated and simple British garden food, true to the micro seasons and influenced by the coast, with the emphasis squarely on fresh, clean flavours.
A shabby chic and cosy interior, love cake cafe serves homemade food, breakfasts & brunch, healthy lunches, fabulous cakes, artisan coffees, is fully licensed and has a great selection of local brews & ciders, wines, cocktails & gins. All food is prepared using fresh, locally sourced & free range ingredients. Fabulous cakes too.
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Love Cake Etc
42 High St
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A shabby chic and cosy interior, love cake cafe serves homemade food, breakfasts & brunch, healthy lunches, fabulous cakes, artisan coffees, is fully licensed and has a great selection of local brews & ciders, wines, cocktails & gins. All food is prepared using fresh, locally sourced & free range ingredients. Fabulous cakes too.
Shopping
Fabulous gift shop, great place for holiday presents, candles, incense, vases, housewares, ornaments, pictures, frames, greetings cards, key rings, jewellery, hair accessories, cushions, etc.
Curiosity
35 High St
Fabulous gift shop, great place for holiday presents, candles, incense, vases, housewares, ornaments, pictures, frames, greetings cards, key rings, jewellery, hair accessories, cushions, etc.
Rainbow’s End is the south coast’s largest retailer of fair-trade, ethnic and gothic clothing, also stocking a variety of interesting t-shirts, headwear, bags, accessories and home furnishings.
Rainbows End
10 The Square
Rainbow’s End is the south coast’s largest retailer of fair-trade, ethnic and gothic clothing, also stocking a variety of interesting t-shirts, headwear, bags, accessories and home furnishings.
A great selection of yarns, fabrics, crafts and tools, friendly and helpful service and a lovely place to shop.
The Wool & Craft Shop
17 Station Rd
A great selection of yarns, fabrics, crafts and tools, friendly and helpful service and a lovely place to shop.
A wide range of first edition and rare books, paperbacks and local interest books, maps and guides for the Isle of Purbeck. Lovely shop to browse in, especially on a rainy day.
New & Secondhand Books
35 Station Rd
A wide range of first edition and rare books, paperbacks and local interest books, maps and guides for the Isle of Purbeck. Lovely shop to browse in, especially on a rainy day.
Great place to buy clothes for the beach - swim suits, hats, wet suits, sarongs, flip flops, and wind-surfing equipment.
Forever Summer
47 High Street
Great place to buy clothes for the beach - swim suits, hats, wet suits, sarongs, flip flops, and wind-surfing equipment.
Suppliers of Fossils, Minerals, Crystals & Jewellery. Large and small items to suit every pocket; a great place for children to find souvenirs and treasures.
Natural Wonders
28 Institute Road
Suppliers of Fossils, Minerals, Crystals & Jewellery. Large and small items to suit every pocket; a great place for children to find souvenirs and treasures.
Fabulous whole foods store with everything you'd expect, including vegan and vegetarian specialities, grains, flours, sweet treats and organic veg.
Country Foods
15 Station Rd
Fabulous whole foods store with everything you'd expect, including vegan and vegetarian specialities, grains, flours, sweet treats and organic veg.
Shops and cabinets from over 12 traders with Swanage's widest variety of antiques. Fabulous for browsing. The building used to be a bank; take a look downstairs and you'll see the vaults!
Eklektika
2 Institute Rd
Shops and cabinets from over 12 traders with Swanage's widest variety of antiques. Fabulous for browsing. The building used to be a bank; take a look downstairs and you'll see the vaults!
Sightseeing
Beautifully renovated unusual castle, with a clever timeline in the grounds, changing exhibitions, fabulous views out to sea, nice tea room/restaurant, lovely walks
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Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve
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Beautifully renovated unusual castle, with a clever timeline in the grounds, changing exhibitions, fabulous views out to sea, nice tea room/restaurant, lovely walks
Dorset's famous ‘lost’ village. Only the church and school house remain intact. With names on the pegs and schoolwork on the desks, it feels as if only minutes ago the children had run outside to play
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Tyneham
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Dorset's famous ‘lost’ village. Only the church and school house remain intact. With names on the pegs and schoolwork on the desks, it feels as if only minutes ago the children had run outside to play
Half way along Swanage Pier you will find Marine Villas, a grade 2 listed building housing the pier shop & café, exhibition and Edwardian gaming machines.
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Swanage Pier
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Half way along Swanage Pier you will find Marine Villas, a grade 2 listed building housing the pier shop & café, exhibition and Edwardian gaming machines.
Essentials
A lovely little shop selling a whole range of local foodie products, including their own delicious produce. Wonderful selections of West Country cheeses.
The Purbeck Deli
26 Institute Road
A lovely little shop selling a whole range of local foodie products, including their own delicious produce. Wonderful selections of West Country cheeses.
Open long hours in the summer, 8.00 am - 8.00 pm other times of the year. Carries all basic necessities. Pay for parking (up to 2 hours) but claim it back when you spend over £5 in store)
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Co-op Food - Swanage
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Open long hours in the summer, 8.00 am - 8.00 pm other times of the year. Carries all basic necessities. Pay for parking (up to 2 hours) but claim it back when you spend over £5 in store)
If you need more than you can buy from the two supermarkets in Swanage, this is your nearest massive store. Tesco also deliver to Swanage, so you can order in advance if you want to.
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Tesco Superstore
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If you need more than you can buy from the two supermarkets in Swanage, this is your nearest massive store. Tesco also deliver to Swanage, so you can order in advance if you want to.
Entertainment & Activities
Wonderful model village and gardens. Lots for kids to do: outdoor games, a teepee, enchanted garden, croquet lawn, stocks, historical info, gift shop and more. Great cafe, best cream teas ever!
Model Village Gardens & Cafe
Wonderful model village and gardens. Lots for kids to do: outdoor games, a teepee, enchanted garden, croquet lawn, stocks, historical info, gift shop and more. Great cafe, best cream teas ever!
Fab place for small children. Real working farm, with animals, tractor rides, outdoor play equipment, Indoor soft play area, Go-Karts, picnic areas, trampolines, birds, pet centre, tearooms and more.
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Putlake Adventure Farm
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Fab place for small children. Real working farm, with animals, tractor rides, outdoor play equipment, Indoor soft play area, Go-Karts, picnic areas, trampolines, birds, pet centre, tearooms and more.
Wonderful place for under 8s - soft play, animals to see, pet and feed, tractor trailer rides, miniature houses, straw mountain, woodland walk, go-karts, cafe. You could spend a whole day here!
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Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
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Wonderful place for under 8s - soft play, animals to see, pet and feed, tractor trailer rides, miniature houses, straw mountain, woodland walk, go-karts, cafe. You could spend a whole day here!
Three levels of soft play with slides, tunnels and interactive zones (up to 11 yrs old, dedicated toddlers' soft play area, indoor ice rink for all ages, cafe, ice cream parlour.
The Ark
Three levels of soft play with slides, tunnels and interactive zones (up to 11 yrs old, dedicated toddlers' soft play area, indoor ice rink for all ages, cafe, ice cream parlour.
Steam train with old carriages; six miles of track between Swanage and Norden. Take the train to Corfe Castle, explore the ruined castle, visit the model village and have a cream tea.
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Swanage Railway
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Steam train with old carriages; six miles of track between Swanage and Norden. Take the train to Corfe Castle, explore the ruined castle, visit the model village and have a cream tea.
Facing east, the bay is normally calm and sheltered and good for swimming, sailing, crabbing and scuba diving. Chips and ice cream too! Lovely sand - take buckets and spades and enjoy!
Shore Road
Facing east, the bay is normally calm and sheltered and good for swimming, sailing, crabbing and scuba diving. Chips and ice cream too! Lovely sand - take buckets and spades and enjoy!
Beautiful beach, with great cafe and shop. Ideal for water sports.The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles. National Trust.
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Studland Bay
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Beautiful beach, with great cafe and shop. Ideal for water sports.The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles. National Trust.
Lovely beach, quaint little village, heritage centre, gift shops, cafes, great cliff walks, world famous geological wonder - exciting rock strata, massive rock arch, etc.
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Lulworth Cove
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Lovely beach, quaint little village, heritage centre, gift shops, cafes, great cliff walks, world famous geological wonder - exciting rock strata, massive rock arch, etc.
The fabulous Lulworth Castle (intact) with loads for adults to see and kids to do. Wonderful grounds, jousting events in the summer, gift shop, cafe. Avoid 30 July-2 Aug as it hosts Camp Bestival then
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Lulworth Castle Wareham
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The fabulous Lulworth Castle (intact) with loads for adults to see and kids to do. Wonderful grounds, jousting events in the summer, gift shop, cafe. Avoid 30 July-2 Aug as it hosts Camp Bestival then
This Ape Rescue Centre is home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates, in a natural and spacious environment. Humans are treated well, too, with tours, cafes, play areas and a gift shop.
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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre
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This Ape Rescue Centre is home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates, in a natural and spacious environment. Humans are treated well, too, with tours, cafes, play areas and a gift shop.
Children's (age 6+) and family stone carving sessions, local craft exhibitions, tea room, fabulous views of the Purbeck Hills. Create a masterpiece to take away.
Burngate Stone Carving Centre
Children's (age 6+) and family stone carving sessions, local craft exhibitions, tea room, fabulous views of the Purbeck Hills. Create a masterpiece to take away.
Fabulous adventure park for families with young children (under 8s I would say). It’s a fun place even in bad weather, as there is a great soft play area indoors, where adults can park themselves at a table and keep an eye out for their little ones. Depending on the weather and the time of year, there will be more or fewer outside attractions open. Great face painting and two cafes!
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Adventure Wonderland
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Fabulous adventure park for families with young children (under 8s I would say). It’s a fun place even in bad weather, as there is a great soft play area indoors, where adults can park themselves at a table and keep an eye out for their little ones. Depending on the weather and the time of year, there will be more or fewer outside attractions open. Great face painting and two cafes!
Parks & Nature
Beautiful park with children's ice rink, two play areas, cricket pitches, water sports, crazy golf course, putting green and tennis courts, and outdoor gym equipment, aquatic birds, miniature railway
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Poole Park
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Beautiful park with children's ice rink, two play areas, cricket pitches, water sports, crazy golf course, putting green and tennis courts, and outdoor gym equipment, aquatic birds, miniature railway
Wonderful place to visit - take a boat from Poole or Swanage. Largest island in Poole Harbour, home to red squirrels and peacocks. Lovely walks, beaches, picnic areas, outdoor theatre. National Trust.
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Brownsea Island
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Wonderful place to visit - take a boat from Poole or Swanage. Largest island in Poole Harbour, home to red squirrels and peacocks. Lovely walks, beaches, picnic areas, outdoor theatre. National Trust.
Drinks & Nightlife
Local pub, serving excellent food at good value prices. Lovely garden with children's play area, and often live music in the summer. Children and dogs welcome.
The Globe Inn
3 Bell St
Local pub, serving excellent food at good value prices. Lovely garden with children's play area, and often live music in the summer. Children and dogs welcome.
Great place- friendly atmosphere with tasty food. A character restaurant with a great wine menu.
Tawnys Wine Bar
52 High Street
Great place- friendly atmosphere with tasty food. A character restaurant with a great wine menu.