Swanage Pier - Swanage

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Pier Approach, Swanage, BH19 2AW

+44 1929 425806




Based on 201 reviews.


Agregated reviews (201) Swanage Pier - Swanage

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Swanage is a coastal town and civil parish in the south east of Dorset, England. It is situated at the eastern end of the Isle of Purbeck, about 10 km south of Poole and 40 km east of Dorchester. The parish has a population of 10,124 (2001). Nearby are Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks, with Studland Bay and Poole Harbour to the north. Within the parish are Durlston Bay and Durlston Country Park to the south of the town. The parish also includes the areas of Herston, just to the west of the town, and Durlston, just to the south. During the peak summer season, many people are drawn by the town's beautiful setting, the beach and other attractions. The town has many hotels and guest rooms though the number ( particularly of hotels ) has reduced slightly in recent years. Besides the beach, there are other local attractions including the restored Swanage steam railway and the Victorian pier. The town may also be used a base from which to visit other nearby areas of interest, such as Corfe Castle. Swanage's Victorian pier is over 100 years old and is one of two built, although it is the only one that survives complete today. The pier extends into the southern end of Swanage Bay near Swanage. The original Swanage Pier was built between 1859 and 1861 for use primarily by the local stone quarrying industry and included a tramway which ran the length of the pier and some way along the seafront. The old tracks can be seen to this day, inset into the seafront walkways.
Pevril Point right at the end of Swanage bay is a perfect viewing point for viewing across the bay and to Old Harry Rocks. Start your walk from the Pier and carry along the Peveril Point road to the very end. The view is amazing.The town, originally a small port and fishing village flourished in the Victorian era when it first became a significant quarrying port and later a seaside resort for the rich of the day. Today the town remains a popular tourist resort, this being the town's primary industry, with many thousands of visitors coming to the town during the peak summer season, drawn by the bay's sandy beaches and other attractions. During its history, the bay was listed variously as Swanawic, Swanwich, Sandwich, and only in more recent history as Swanage. The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site ~ this wonderful coastline which stretches from Orcombe Point in East Devon to The Old Harry Rocks near Swanage is a beautiful part of this area. Swanage Tourist Information Centre (T.I.C.) is an excellent point of reference for all visitors to the area and our friendly staff will be delighted to help you plan your holiday and find out more about the area.
The main bus services are provided by Wilts & Dorset. Numbers 40 and 44 which run between Swanage and Poole, and the number 50 which runs between Swanage and Bournemouth via the chain ferry between Studland and Sandbanks. Double-deck open top buses are used on the Poole/Bournemouth to Swanage routes in the summer months. The buses on these routes are branded as Purbeck Breezers. Swanage has a heritage restored steam railway which operates for most of the year, though at the moment this only goes as far as Norden. Recent developments on the railway have seen the physical connection between the Swanage Railway and the mainline restored. The first passenger service in more than 40 years from London Victoria and returning to London Waterloo took place on 1 April 2009. It is hoped that regular passenger services connecting to the mainline will begin in the future. Limited ferry services also run between Poole Quay and Swanage Pier. These are used by Swanage residents for shopping trips to Poole's large shopping centre, and also by tourists in Poole for day trips into Swanage. The nearest mainline railway station to Swanage is Wareham, where connections can be made for South West Trains services westward to Dorchester South and Weymouth. Services also travel eastwards towards Poole, Bournemouth, Southampton C

5 by Gordon Knowles Review source

Lovely pier, and the staff are fantastic.. except for the pier master! - What a total prick! An ex Met copper who uses phrases like ' It is a condition of entry to the pier you obey all commands instructed by the pier master' Which incidentally isnt noted on the entrance or website! Personally if he slipped off the end of the pier I would chuck him a breeze block rather than a life ring! - Wind your neck in, realise it is the public paying your wages and be more civiil, or simply bugger off back to London as we dont need your sort here!

1 by Will Procter Review source

My first dive was in Swanage bay my second was under and around the pier, in 1971 and bought my first set of fins from Divers Down.
I've since had many a great holiday and dive weekend's over the years, and often divert from Cornwall to Essex, I would call in even for SA few hours just to make sure it was not just a dream!! My last visit to the pier was in July 2016.on my way home from Cornwall. Had dinner in the Black Swan and home at midnight.
Skipper Terry B X

5 by Review source

Amazing quaint little seaside area to visit that caters for all ages, the beaches are amazing, clean, all sand and have a netted area to swim in, the pier is used mainly for scuba divers but you can go round and crab fish off the smaller ones round the back, apparently there are also sea horses in the area! And the fish and chip shops are better than any others I have found in the area, swanage is a great day out and well worth a visit for anyone!

5 by george rice Review source

Plenty to see and do in Swanage. Parking is plentiful in town and along the road next to the beach or up by the pier. The latter is a bit better because of the views you have across the bay and towards Poole and Old Harry Rocks. You can also walk around the headland to Durlston Country Park and visit the castle and shop and the lovely cafe there. It also has a great walkway that relates the different periods of time to the distance you walk.

5 by Simon Woolgar Review source

Fanastic UK dive site for an easy pootle around under the pier to see some lovely sea life. Crustaceans, fish, anemones, sponges and even nudibranchs (occasionally).

Divers Down also offer boat dives to several local wrecks, Valentine Tanks, Kyarra, and Fleur details Lys, and sites like Peverel Ledges.

Wonderful weekend of good value diving. Also a great cafe over the road for all kinds of snacks and drinks!

5 by Kat Berry Review source

This pier is lovely for just strolling along, taking a seat and simply enjoying the stunning views across the bay to Swanage town and further on to Old Harry Rocks. There's a tea room and plenty of quiet spots to fish or simply take time to read the hundreds of memorial plaques embedded in the walk boards, quite unique. A one pound entry fee makes a visit well worth it and highly recommended.

4 by Steven Wanklyn Review source

Unfortunately we couldn't access the pier on this visit as major restoration and facility improvements are taking place. The very hepful lady volunteer was happy to tell us all about the plans. They are hoping it will be completed by July/ August.
Swanage is one of our most favourite places to visit and a walk on the pier is always an important part of our time there.

5 by Review source

Love it, but you have to pay. £1 shouldn't break the bank, but it's annoying. The council should pay for the upkeep, as it's an iconic part of Swanage - the council get masses of cash from the locals, not to mention the holiday trade via the businesses in the town. Eventually, the whole thing will collapse... Where's your pride, Purbeck council? Come on!

3 by Jai Danton Review source

Classic Victorian architecture in a beautiful location. The pier has a cafe, dive centre, toilets, promenade, lots of benches, parking, shore diving, boat diving, charm by the boat load, ferry to Shell Bay, excellent fish and chips and bistro food and pubs and the headland park only a stroll away.

5 by Alan White Review source

It's great to see a traditional pier being granted heritage lottery fund to be restored. Cannot comment too much as all the building work being carried out. The plans look great so fingers crossed. You have great views overlooking Swanage bay and Old Harry Rocks

4 by william morris Review source

Small charge to access the Pier which goes towards its maintenance. Little bit of History on the notice boards. 1000s of little plaques embedded in to the planks of the pier. We enjoyed wandering along and reading them. Lots of lovely places to eat nearby and shops.

5 by Love Amelia2011 Review source

Cracking quintessential English Pier - kids catching crabs, anglers dreaming of sea monsters, muli-mast sailing boat moored alongside and a thousand names listed in the decking as part of the ongoing fundraising fro renovations.

4 by Gary Gotham Review source

A wonderful place to take in the majesty of Swanage bay and an unusual pier because there is land around three sides. A great programme of activities and a number of very interesting visitors during the summer season.

5 by Steve Williams Review source

Beautiful historic pier with lots of points of interest. Perfect for divers, fisherman and tourists alike. It needs as much patronage as possible as it takes a hammering from the sea and needs regular maintenance.

5 by Jason Hewer Review source

A lovely way to enter Swanage disembarking the City Cruises boat from Poole. Lots of personal commemoration brass plaques set in the boardwalk by which private people can contribute to the upkeep of the pier.

5 by Steve Heir Review source

Lovely Victorian pier. Very historic. Always something going on. Excellent for scuba. Restoration work progress at the moment (03/18) and for a few months, please check if access is possible before you travel)

5 by Lewis Randall Review source

I really love this place. I've been diving here over many years. Great place for a first sea dive for any beginner. Swanage town is great, with lots of places to eat and the beach is good for the kids.

5 by Review source

It's a pier, it's in Swanage. If you're visiting take a stroll it's lovely. If you live in Swanage and haven't taken a wander down it recently then do because it's lovely.

5 by Miles Clennell Review source

Fantastic pier place to visit and all well looked àfter and staff are so lovely and kind we visit our son plaque and clean it and few moments to think keep it going well thank you keep it going xx

5 by julie upton Review source

Pier enables panoramic views of the town and along the coast to Old Harry. Small charge to access the pier, but worth it to ensure the pier is maintained. Just a nice place to visit.

5 by Stan Newton Review source

Had a great time with family. Kids loved crabbing. Fantastic gluten free chips at Harlees, fish and chips just ask for gluten free. Nice Pier for fishing and strollers.

5 by Review source

Swange is a wonderfull place and the pier is no exception.We have been visiting for 40yrs.Swange has changed quite a bit in that time but it is a great place to visit.

5 by Tony Wheeler Review source

Great for scuba diving, local boat charters and diving under the pier. Superb views. Local shops shut way to early but it is a seaside village so not a big issue.

5 by Andrew Evans Review source

Didnt understand why I had to pay entry to a pier. It should be gov funded. I'm sure the stores down on the pier would make more income if the fee was waved

2 by Zach Pegram Review source

Lovely walk to the station to ride on the Steam Train . Added bonus was Dorset Tea had a mobile caravan giving away free Dorset Tea on the seafront by the pier.

4 by Steve Merrill Review source

Very friendly staff my wife needed the toilet urgently so they said don't worry about paying use it free. Feeling that was nice we went back and paid.

4 by Peter Tom Leech Review source

At a pound a head for people on foot i think its good value, early in the morning with the low sun the views back to Swanage seafront are lovely.

5 by John Isaacs Review source

Fantastic place to watch the world Go buy, you can catch boat trip to Poole . do some fishing and more. We're local and always use the pier

5 by Kevin Lawrence Review source

Love sitting on the pier, nothing to do but grab a cuppa from a local shop; or take flask, find a seat near the end, and take in the scenery.

5 by jamstaa69 Review source

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