Where to stay around Swanage?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 704 holiday lettings near Swanage. From 268 Studios to 267 Flats, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Swanage for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Swanage?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Swanage. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Swanage Beach: 993 holiday lettings
  • Studland Beach and Nature Reserve: 1,086 holiday lettings
  • Durlston Country Park: 940 holiday lettings
  • Shell Bay Beach: 1,284 holiday lettings
  • Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre: 980 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Swanage listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Studios in Swanage?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 268 Studios in Swanage. Our other popular types of Swanage holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 267 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 207 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 199 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Swanage?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 24 holiday homes with pool available in Swanage. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

    Swanage – an effortlessly elegant seaside town

    Perched on Dorset's dramatic Jurassic Coast, the picture-postcard town of Swanage established itself in the Victorian era as a fashionable seaside resort for affluent Londoners. Today, it attracts an altogether more diverse crowd of holidaymakers, who flock here to soak up its alluringly laid-back vibe. The big draw for many is the Blue Flag beach – a sublime stretch of soft golden sand, which disappears into an expanse of calm, crystal-clear water. The compact town centre is packed with cosy cafes, trinket-filled independent shops and warmly-welcoming restaurants serving British classics like beer-battered fish and thick-cut chips. With an eclectic range of Swanage holiday rentals to pick from, you're sure to find your ideal home-away-from-home.

    Life's a beach in Swanage

    During the bustling summer holiday season, life in Swanage revolves around the blissful beach. For a tranquil adventure, hire a kayak or pedal boat, and explore the captivating coastline at your leisure. If you're hankering for an adrenaline fix, you could try your hand at jet skiing or enjoy a wet-and-wild donut ride. The town is also home to diving schools and clubs, should you fancy plunging beneath the waves and exploring mysterious local shipwrecks. If all of that sounds too much like hard work, you may prefer to retreat to an elegant tea room for a wildly self-indulgent Dorset afternoon tea, replete with dainty finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones, homemade preserves and lashings of clotted cream.

    Step back in time in Swanage

    On a balmy afternoon, nothing beats a leisurely stroll along Swanage Pier. Originally constructed in 1895, and meticulously refurbished in recent years, this elegant, Grade II-listed structure offers mesmerising views of the Isle of Wight's chalky cliffs. Another quintessential Dorset experience is a ride on a vintage steam train along the Swanage Railway. The verdant countryside you'll pass through is sumptuously scenic at any time of year. Continue your trip back in time with a tour of Durlston Castle, an opulent house set in sprawling gardens, which is somewhat misleadingly named, having been purpose-built as a restaurant in the late 19th century.

    Sunny summer days in Swanage

    Swanage holiday rentals are much sought-after throughout the peak summer season of June to August, when the weather is generally pleasantly warm, with plenty of sunshine and blue skies. If your travel dates are flexible, May and September are particularly great times to visit, with agreeably mild temperatures and fewer out-of-towners competing for a prime spot on the beach. Winters are cool, but rarely extremely cold. Rainfall is at its highest between October and January, but it's a good idea to pack something waterproof regardless of when you visit, as summer showers are also fairly common.

    Mother Nature works her magic around Swanage

    It may be the beaches that keep visitors flocking to Swanage in their droves, but the surrounding countryside is thrillingly diverse, encompassing vertigo-inducing sea cliffs, lush meadows, fragrant forests and rolling hills. Each season brings a fresh natural spectacle, from wild orchids and butterflies in spring, to crashing waves and visiting Arctic birds in winter. The region is a haven for budding ornithologists at all times of the year, with over 250 species known to spend time here. And, if you're exceptionally lucky, you may catch a glimpse of mesmerising marine creatures like bottlenose dolphins and grey seals.