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  • Durlston BayThe 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.
  • Harrow House SwanageDue to its geographical position, Swanage enjoys a very mild climate and often heads the British Sunshine League. 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.
  • Welcome to the Jurassic Coast!Swanage, listed as one of the top 4 seaside resorts in the UK for cleanliness, safety and outstanding beauty, is considered to be the gateway town to England’s first 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.
  • Corfe CastleCorfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.
  • Swanage Clock TowerSwanage 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.
  • Worbarrow BayFor those with a love of the outdoors there are many popular sightseeing destinations within easy reach of the 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 together with Lulworth Castle. The Isle of Purbeck really does have a lot offer at all times of the year.

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Breathtaking Scenery on the Doorstep

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.

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Swanage

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.

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Rich in History

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.

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Entertainment

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.

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Surrounding Areas

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.

Average temperatures in Swanage

Average Temperatures and Weather in Swanage

The Jurassic Coast of South-West England enjoys four very clearly defined seasons, with late spring and summer being when the best weather arrives. In recent years, the climate in May has been known to be particularly fine in Swanage, and in fact something of a scorcher, with the sunniest days seeing temperatures climb to more than 22°C / 72°F or 23°C / 73°F and the beach crowds quickly swell.

Although the summer weather is generally sunny, with clear blue skies and stunning turquoise waters, it is worth remembering that this is England and the climate can be typically changeable. A cloudy sky can soon arrive in Swanage, whatever the time of year, and bring with it heavy showers, only to be blown away by sea breezes and vanish as quickly as it came.