Guide to Dorset's beaches

Swanage Central Beach

Swanage Central Beach

Swanage is a Victorian seaside resort with a calm and sheltered sandy beach that's ideal for families. Marker buoys indicate a designated swimming area. Deck chairs, boats and pedalos are availbe for hire. There is a Victorian pier and plenty of amusements in the town.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are banned from the beach from 1st May to 30th September.

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Toilets with disabled facilities and several cafes and restaurants. There is a first aid point and a lost child centre.


There are several car parks in the area. The closest is on Horsecliffe Road just above the beach


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society RecommendedQuality Coast Award