People team in from all over the country to scuba dive and sail in its sheltered bay, laced with a perfect white sandy beach. The train enthusiasts pour in to see the magnificent Swanage Railway, from where steam trains depart regularly every day.
Celebrities snap up second homes here, eager to enjoy the quaint formality of this former village, which became a town in Victorian times due to quarrying for Purbeck stone, and as a seaside resort.
Here you have all the usual seaside attractions, with ice cream sellers and amusement arcades. Yet Swanage never seems down at heel. The town contains many listed buildings and two conservation areas – Swanage Conservation Area and Herston Conservation Area.
Purbeck stone was used as standard since the early days of quarrying on Purbeck. However now it can be found all over the world, not least in London. The arrival of more modern quarrying techniques in the 17th century resulted in an increase in production and it was used extensively in the capital following the Great Fire of London in 1666.
The tourist trade has flourished in the town since local MP William Morton Pitt converted a mansion in the town into a luxury hotel in the early 19th century. The hotel was visited in 1833 by the (then) Princess Victoria, later to become queen and renamed the Royal Victoria Hotel. It is now flats and a bar and nightclub, however there are still many guesthouses in the town.
It has always been a popular resort for the wealthy, noted for its fine weather and clean air. The introduction of the railway made the town much more accessible to visitors, with direct services running from London. However the greatest increase in visitors came with the building of the second ‘new’ pier in 1895, built primarily for use by pleasure steamers.
However Swanage isn’t just a railway and the sea. It also offers culture and events. The Mowlem Theatre opened in 1967 as a 400-seat theatre and cinema. There is also a bar and restaurant there, and a small collection of shops. Typically there are around 200 film showings and 60–100 nights of live theatre.
The town hosts a number of annual festivals and events. In the summer months there is a carnival week which includes a procession of floats and dancers and several firework displays, and many other attractions and small events including live music from various bands from all over Southern England, races and a regatta.
The town also hosts successful festivals, which attract more than a purely local audience. These include a jazz festival, a folk festival, a blues festival, and there are plans for a food festival in the future.
New Year’s Eve has traditionally been a big event for Swanage, with the town drawing more people from surrounding areas, and people travelling considerable distances to attend.
From here you can also hop across to Poole on the Sandbanks ferry, saving yourself the drive and enjoying the ride across the water.
Families can access four primary schools in Swanage. There is also a foreign language school and a school for autistic children here.
King George’s Field near the centre of town offers large playing fields, as well as skate park facilities and a hi-tech play area, both funded by community groups.
Towards the eastern end of town is Days Park, which includes a playing field, play area and gardens.
Swanage bay provides a well sheltered environment for a range of watersports, including swimming, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and jetskiing.
Scuba diving takes place under the piers and at nearby coastal wrecks. Swanage is considered by many to be the home of British scuba diving.
Swanage Sailing club was established in 1935 and is located immediately south of the pier.
And for a less tidal experience, there are two public swimming pools, one at the Swanage Bay View Holiday Home Park and another at Ulwell Caravan Park. Both offer swimming lessons and aquarobic sessions.
Properties in Swanage had an overall average price of £364,433 over the last year.
The majority of sales in Swanage during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £517,858. Flats sold for an average of £222,049, with semi-detached properties fetching £350,614.
Overall, sold prices in Swanage over the last year were 11% up on the previous year and 7% up on the 2017 peak of £339,055.
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