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Swanage Pier, Swanage

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Pier / Boardwalk · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Swanage Pier is a Victorian pier which extends into the southern end of Swanage Bay near the town of Swanage, in the south-east of Dorset. It was built in 1895 for passenger ship services. It is situated on the eastern coast of the Isle of Purbeck, approximately 6 1⁄4 miles (10.1 km) south of Poole and 25 miles (40 km) east of Dorchester in the United Kingdom.

An older pier, opened 1860, was used by local quarries to ship stone, but it fell into decline with only its timber piles remaining today.

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  • We’ve been to Swanage a couple of times & really enjoyed wandering along the pier. There is a small charge to get onto the pier, but worth it for the upkeep. This time everyone was keeping their...  more »
  • I have been to swanage over 5 times and i tell you, it does not disappoint, you could easily spend a whole day here on a nice sunny day. It is a nice little town with a lovely beach and pier. Plenty.....  more »
  • Swanage is a beautiful bay looking from the Swanage Pier over to the old Harry's as they are called, the rocks right off the cliff end facing you. The Pier is old and a £1.50 will allow you to walk to the end. You can still take the Ferry across to Poole from Swanage or go on the Jurassic Cruise from the Pier, both lovely trips. Well worth a visit.
  • Swanage is a very pleasant typically English seaside resort. Plenty of sand for children to play on and the sea is generally very safe. Nice shops and cafes adorn the resort. Perfect for that lunchtime snack or evening meal. Plenty of car parking in the area. Clean, tidy and just throughly enjoyable is my view on Swanage.
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