Out & about

Purbeck has a wealth of outdoor activities and sports on offer: sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, off-road cycling and horse riding are just some. And because The Auberge is situated right in the centre of Swanage, you can enjoy some of the town’s pubs, bars and restaurants.


SWANAGE IS A BEAUTIFUL coastal town, lying at the gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, which stretches all the way to West Dorset. Oozing with ‘olde worlde’ charm (with its stone-built cottages, Victorian pier and busy stone quay) and its own unique friendliness, the town has plenty of places to eat, lots of ‘real’ pubs serving real beers and ciders, a bar or two and even a nightclub. As you might expect, the town has scores of galleries and art studios, surf wear shops and shops selling vintage curios.

There’s always something going on throughout the year: The Swanage Jazz Festival, the Swanage Folk Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, The Folkish Festival, no less than two Blues Festivals, a Reggae Festival, Purbeck Arts Weeks, Purbeck Pirate Festival, a Fish Festival, the Walking Festival, and of course, Swanage Carnival Week.

The town is the perfect base to explore the varied Purbeck landscape: sandy beaches, sheltered bays, harbours and marinas, soaring clifftops, abandoned quarries, rolling downs, coastal paths, woods and forests, heath and grassland, rivers and streams: it’s a veritable playground for all lovers of the great outdoors!

The Auberge is very central, right on the High Street, opposite the Anchor Inn. Parking is at the rear (turn first-left after The Auberge into Mount Pleasant Lane and then first-left again). There are also plenty of car parks in and around the centre of town and, out of season, you can always find on-street parking not too far away.


The list of sports and activities available in Swanage and Purbeck is certainly too extensive to feature here, but here are some of the outdoor pursuits worth ticking off your bucket list.

ClimbingThe sea-cliffs & quarries provide a range of traditional & sports routes.MORE INFO
DivingIt's just five minutes walk to the Pier, with its kit hire, air & boat charters.MORE INFO
Boat TripsJurassic Coast or mackerel... or both!MORE INFO
Sea FishingLet your skipper find the best spots.MORE INFO
SailingSafe sailing in Swanage Bay.MORE INFO
Sea RowingOut with a couple of oars...MORE INFO
WatersportsPedalo & kayak hire from the beach.MORE INFO
Kite SurfingA prescription for your wind...MORE INFO
WalkingWalking's so popular in and around Swanage, there's even a Walking Festival in September...MORE INFO
CyclingRoad & track: a cyclist's dream.MORE INFO
HorseridingBridleway or beach: saddle up!MORE INFO
PhotographyWorkshops with the UK's top photographersMORE INFO
BirdwatchingTwitching in Durlston Country Park.MORE INFO
More hostelsPlan your adventure around cheap & cheerful hostels.MORE INFO


As you might expect from a seaside town, Swanage has plenty of places to eat and drink. We’ve listed a few of our favourite places below but we’re always happy to advise on what places might suit you and your party. 

RestaurantsPubs & Bars
The CanteenThe Black Swan
Tawny's Wine BarThe Ship Inn
The Corner Restaurant
The Red Lion
The Cauldron BistroThe Anchor Inn
The Old Brick Pizza Company
The White Swan
Lai Ho Oriental Restaurant
The White Horse
Gee White's (The Stone Quay)
The Crow's Nest
Chilled RedThe East Bar
The Fisherman's CatchThe Royal Oak
Masala IndianThe Scott Arms
The Square & Compass