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Swanage is a small traditional seaside town, offering all the facilities you would expect, from deckchairs on the seafront to ice-creams and fish and chips !
The town is set in a small but sandy bay, which ensures that beach is both gently shelving and safe for young families. Here you can hire canoes and pedaloes, enjoy the timeless antics of Punch and Judy, or simply laze away sunny days. And when the sandcastles have been built and ice creams eaten, children will find lots more to do in the beachside Recreation Ground where, on Sunday afternoons in summer, open-air band concerts also take place. Should lazing on the warm sandy beach prove just too tiring, within minutes' walk you will find a refreshing change of scene in the lively attractive town centre with its many interesting shops, boutiques and restaurants. Or maybe you could while away some time in the nearby parks and gardens. Spectacular floral displays adorn the gardens during spring and summer and the town is truly deserving of its 'Southern England in Bloom' award.
For those wishing to stay in Swanage there is a wide range of holiday accommodation from which to choose: hotels, guest houses, holiday parks and self-catering establishments offer accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes.
Swanage sits on the coast which has World Heritage status. This unique stretch of the coastline has joined the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world. On the clifftops lies Durlston Country Park's 263 acres of delightful countryside. The park is perfect for walking, picnics or just relaxing and lucky visitors may even see the dolphins swimming in Durlston Bay.
Swanage has a rich and varied collection of architectural styles and boasts many interesting buildings. One of the historical spots that attracts vistors today, is the old Swanage Railway station, which today is home to the Swanage Steam Railway. One of the unique sights you can see in Swanage is the steam trains puffing their way through the rolling hillsides carrying trainloads of enthusiasts and children alike.