Swanage has an active shopping centre, with branches of a number of multiple stores. Purbeck stone is the predominant material used in the construction of many of the properties in the area, giving the town considerable appeal and character.The Isle of Purbeck is described as one of the most delightful parts of England and designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering some fifty square miles of unspoilt country which abounds with heath, woodlands, and rolling hills, and many places of historic interest. For a 'live view' of Swanage Bay please see our webcam, and for more information, please visit the Swanage Town Council web site.
To the south is the Durlston Country Park area and Anvil Point Lighthouse.Churches: Most denominations are represented including Church of England, Roman Catholic, United Reform, Baptist, Methodist and Salvation Army. Shopping Facilities: Early closing Thursday for some shops in the winter. Numerous local shops, sub Post Office, Parish Church and Inns. Beautifully situated between two ranges of hills, It is dominated by the ruins of the medieval Norman Castle, after which it is named. A popular hamlet with good views and country surroundings. For more information, please see the official Langton Matravers Website. Vast expanse of safe, sandy beach backing on to heathland now under the management of The National Trust. Unspoilt and a favourite with those seeking a peaceful retreat in beautiful surroundings.Some offices, including our own, close on all day Sunday. Much of the present day village was built in the 1700's to a consistently high standard of craftsmanship, and the picturesque old streets are lined with stone cottages. The nearby Old Harry Rocks are an impressive coastal feature. Post Office: The main Post Office is in Kings Road, with sub-Post Office at Herston. An attractive village with a 13th century church, ancient manor house and an Inn. Shell Bay, an area of clear sand, stretches towards the Sandbanks Chain Ferry, linking Studland to the Sandbanks Peninsular and is extremely popular with sunbathers.
Banks & Building Societies: Branches of Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC, National Westminster and Nationwide. Sporting Clubs: Angling (on and off shore), Badminton, Bowling, Cricket, Football, Golf (an excellent 18-hole course on Studland road about 3 miles from the Town Centre), Putting, Riding (Stables at Studland), Rugby, Sailing, Squash, Tennis and Sub-Aqua Club. The hamlet lies close to the village of Langton Matravers and about one and a half miles from the Heritage Coast Line at Dancing Ledge.