Swanage is a coastal town in the south east of Dorset, England.The town which was 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 of the visitors coming to the town especially during the peak summer season, who are drawn by the bay’s sandy beaches and other attractions.
While living in Bournemouth, we visited this town one of the weekends. I had never heard of it earlier. But one of the shop keepers in Bournemouth that we had befriended suggested that we visit Swanage. So we decided to visit and see what it was all about.
Bus and ferry ride:
We took a bus #50 from Bournemouth Square which was headed to Swanage. It was an open top double decker bus. We had really beautiful views on the way. The bus crosses the mouth of Poole Harbour on the chain ferry.
Such a quaint little town
We were awestruck by the beauty of this town. I think beach towns are my favorite.There were lot of activities for families like fairs and play area for kids .
Beach and Bay
One can also sit along the bay and relax. We explored the bay area a little. We couldn’t stop clicking pictures. There was so much blue all around. It was beautiful.
There were many activities and artists like this guy who posed like a Pirate statue and only moved when kids gave him money.He had this treasure chest of fake gold coins and would give one to kids who was giving him money.Lot of people especially kids were posing with him for pictures.
We decided to break for lunch. There are many restaurants but I wanted to try fish and chips.We had it from The Fish Plaice and it was really good. Post lunch we had some ice-cream.
Prince Albert Gardens
After a nice lunch, we decided to explore the place and visited the Prince Albert Gardens.This garden was developed as part of the Swanage Seafront Improvement Scheme in 1996, on the site of the old Miniature Golf Course.
This beautifully landscaped public garden has an open-air amphitheatre. This is the place to be if you just want to sit and enjoy the views across the bay, or visit one of the many events that take place.
We did a little exploring of the Swanage town and I loved the stone buildings . We also saw a castle like building and church.There was this guy who had a unique motorbike and we asked him if we could click few pics. 😀
Swanage Methodist Church
Though the bay area was slightly crowded, the town was surprisingly empty. We actually got lost along the way . Thankfully we found some people and asked them the way to the bus station. It was a nice fun experience.
We spent just a couple of hours in Swanage but it was worth it. It was absolutely beautiful. It was time to take the bus back to Bournemouth with lovely memories.
Distance from Bournemouth: 25.16 miles/ 40.49 kms
How to reach:
We took bus #50 from Bournemouth Square. You can find more details on how to get to Swanage here
Thank you for reading. If you haven’t been to Swanage, then you should definitely visit soon. Cheers and Happy Travels! 🙂
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