Welcome to the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. This unique stretch of coastline has joined the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world. The coast is famous for its fossil discoveries, its unparalleled range of beautiful sandy beaches and its many historic towns and villages.
The Swanage and the Purbeck Coast, in the county of Dorset, offer an abundance of globally significant geological features. The Jurassic Coast as a whole comprises eight sections along 155 km of largely undeveloped coast, which displays 185 million years of the earth’s history, including a number of internationally important fossil localities.
The Jurassic Coast is just the start of an amazing journey into British history. Swanage and the surrounding area is quintessentially English and is surrounded by chocolate box villages, castles, stately homes and historic sites that date back to prehistoric, Roman, Medieval and Victorian times.
Swanage offers a variety of entertainment including traditional pavement cafés, takeaways, fun parks, carnivals, fairs, festivals, live music, cinema, theatre, disco, scenic walks, museums, English pubs, speciality restaurants, wine bars, a ride on an historic steam train and many other things to do.
For those with a love of the outdoors there are many popular sightseeing destinations within easy reach of Harrow House. These include Durlston Country Park, Dancing Ledge, Winspit, Chapmans Pool, Poole Harbour, Wareham and Kimmeridge. The Tank Museum and Monkey World at Bovington are also popular with visitors to the area so is Lulworth Castle. Year round the Isle of Purbeck does have a lot offer.
Bournemouth and Poole are popular shopping locations within easy reach from Swanage via car, coach or taxi. Tower Park in Poole is the south’s biggest leisure centre, full of fun packed attractions including 10 cinemas, ten pin bowling, water slide park, supermarket, bars and a range of restaurants.