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Things to do in & Around
Swanage and the Isle of Wight

Things to do nearby

In areas of outstanding natural beauty, with easy access to all the local attractions and the surrounding countryside we know you’ll find lots to do ‘out and about’

Swanage Steam Railway

Explore the beautiful countryside around Swanage on the old steam trains that chuff along to Corfe Castle and beyond.

Corfe Castle

Uncover the secrets of Dorset’s iconic medieval monument and discover how royalty, warfare and nature have shaped the castle.

Osborne House

“It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot” said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight.

Monkey World

160 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys. Talks throughout the day and Great Ape play are to keep your little monkeys entertained!

Durlston Country Park

The Country Park was established in the 1970s with careful management by the Ranger team resulting in a superb site that everyone can enjoy.

Spinnaker Tower - Portsmouth, Hampshire

Experience the thrill of crossing our amazing glass Sky Walk, see what you can spot with our fascinating Ship Finder and hunt for facts.

The Needles Landmark Attraction

Visit The Needles Landmark Attraction in Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Runs five miles from Wootton, through Havenstreet and Ashey, to Smallbrook Junction – the interchange with Island Line running from Shanklin to Ryde.

Studland Beach and Nature Reserve

One of the UK’s finest beaches and extensive nature reserve. Enid Blyton lived here, so look for Policeman Plod’s thatched cottage!


Serious shopping and entertainment centre. Tethered balloon flights, great beaches and top concerts throughout the year.

Robin Hill - Adventure Park and Gardens

Perfect for a family day out, is an 88-acre theme park located in the village of Downend, outside of Newport, Isle of Wight

Jurassic Coast

The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is England’s first natural World Heritage Site – it is known as The Jurassic Coast.

Ventnor Botanic Garden

Gardens with a variety of temperate, sub-tropical and exotic plants, shrubs and trees. Includes history, information about the gardens, facilities and events


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