Purbeck House Hotel is located in the heart of Swanage which is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site which covers 95 miles of coastline from Old Harry Rocks at Studland to Exmouth in East Devon with the rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history. Swanage makes the ideal base for your holiday, the area has a wide range of attractions and many are open throughout the year.

Hotel Location BH19 2LZ

Latitude / Longitude 50.60827639219049,-1.9599571824073792 (on Google Maps and OpenStreetMap)

Local Attractions

Blue Pool-Visit the nature reserve of Blue Pool to see the deep blue waters in the abandoned claypit.

Brownsea Island Ferries – Visit Brownsea Island from Poole or Sandbanks. The least expensive crossing is from Sandbanks which incidentally is the original route taken by Lord Baden Powell in 1907 on a yellow boat

Corfe Castle – Situated in the heart of the “Isle of Purbeck”, Corfe village and the surrounding area boast a wealth of things to see, to do and to enjoy, which encourage many visitors to return year upon year.

Durlston Country Park– 260 acres of nature reserve on the southern edge of Swanage. Durlston Country Park is a part of the Jurassic Coast world herritage site.

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club – A visit here is a must for all golfers; the beginner is catered for on the 9 hole Dene course and the Purbeck Championship course proves an exciting test for even the most accomplished

Monkey World – Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups. Please select a topic from the menu on the left, for more information.

Old Harry Rocks-A series of chalk stacks at the start of the Jurassic Coast world herritage site.

Swanage Carnival-Once every year at the start of August Swanage comes alive as the carnival comes to town

Swanage Railway – Welcome to Dorset’s premier standard gauge preserved steam railway. The award-winning Swanage Railway currently operates on the six miles of track between Swanage and Norden, through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle.

The Tank Museum – From the first tank ever built to the modern Challenger II, the Museum’s definitive collection comprises over 250 vehicles and supporting artefacts from all over the world.

Tilly Whim Caves-Tilly Whim caves is the most easterly quarry in a stretch of quarries that exist along cliffs of the southern Purbeck ridge

Walking Trails

Corfe Castle to Creech and back via Norden Farm
Start at the NT car park near the castle
Approx 4.3 miles

Durlston to Dancing Ledge
Swanage to Durlston Country Park, on to Dancing Ledge and back via Priests Way
Approx: 7 miles

Studland Heath Walk 1
Start on the Ferry Road, Studland
Approx 1.8 miles

Studland to Old Harry Rocks 
Take in the sea views of Studland bay and out to the Isle of Wight from The Foreland and Old Harry Rocks
Approx: 2.65 miles

Swanage to Corfe Castle 
Swanage to Corfe Castle and back via Kingston and Worth Matravers.
Approx: 13.5 miles

Wareham Forest Walk
A level walk round Wareham Forest
Approx: 4.85 miles

Ulwell, Round Down, Obelisk, Back via Whitecliff Farm
Take in the sea views of Swanage, Poole Harbour and out to Southampton and the Isle of Wight from Purbeck Hills
Approx: 2.5 miles


Fishing along the Purbeck Coastline

Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck is a very good area for fishing with beach and pier fishing to boat trips and mackerel trips, there is something to suit everyone from the beginner to the more experienced angler.

For shore fishing, Ocean Bay is a good area for fishing in the evenings. Peveril Point is good for bass, mullet, rass and conger eels. Durlston Bay is good for bass, mullet, rass and conger eels. Durlston Head is good for bass, mullet, rass , whiting and conger eels.

You can fish from the pier but a small fee is required.

You can fish from the cliffs along the coastline, some of the more popular places are:

Lighthouse, You can get down the cliff to a ledge a few feet above the waterline. You should take extra care in stormy weather as the sea can wash over the lower ledges.

Dancing Ledge, a popular spot with access all year round. You should take extra care in stormy weather as the sea can wash over the lower ledges.

Boat Fishing

There are boat fishing trips available in Swanage bay near the pier and the stone quay.