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Studland makes an ideal base for exploring this unique area of Dorset, here are some of the many things to see and do in and around the Jurassic Coast.

View across Studland Bay, with moored boats


Studland is set in a National Nature Reserve and is in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is part of the Purbeck Heritage Coast and a gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.  Most of the land around is owned and managed by the National Trust.

View looking up at Corfe Castle from village



The Swanage Railway offers a more intensive heritage steam and diesel timetable train service than virtually any other preserved railway.

Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.

View looking down at Swanage beach, towards headland


Situated on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, and a gateway town for exploring the Jurassic Coast, the fun family resort of Swanage is ideal for relaxing breaks, walking, cycling and for group activity and educational holidays.

Looking up at the stone Globe at Durlston Castle



Few places in Britain equal Durlston:

Its special qualities stem from a combination of geography, geology, history and careful management which has created a mosaic of nationally important wildlife habitats: sea-cliffs, downs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland, and dry-stone walls each with their characteristic plants and animals.

Happy rare breed pig



Children aged 0-10 years will love Putlake Adventure Farm - The only adventure farm and indoor soft play area in Swanage for up to 10 miles. We are a real working farm, with animals, tractor rides, outdoor play equipment, pedal Go-Karts, picnic areas, trampolines, birds, a pet centre, tearooms and much more.

View across ponds at Compton Acres


Compton Acres is acknowledged as one of the finest privately owned gardens in England. Enjoy over 10 acres of horticultural heaven, relax in the charming Café and Tea Rooms or delve into the exciting world of plants within the Plant Centre.

Beautiful colours at The Blue Pool, Purbeck


A unique attraction in the Isle of Purbeck. A chance to escape the outside world and enjoy walks around a magical Pool famous for its ever changing colours. Very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracts light in different ways, producing a spectrum of colour - sometimes green, sometimes turquoise. Sandy paths lead up steps to views of the Purbeck Hills or down steps to the water’s edge.

Sandstone rocky outcrop known as Agglestone Rock or Devil's Anvil


Also known as the Devil's Anvil, is a sandstone block of about 400 tonnes weight, perched on a conical hill, approximately 1 mile from the village of Studland. Legend has it that the devil threw the rock from The Needles on the Isle of Wight with the intention of hitting either Corfe Castle, Bindon Abbey or Salisbury Cathedral.

Family's having fun getting wet on inflatable obstacles at Dorset Water Park


The highest rated aqua park on the South Coast. With over 150m of floating, inflatable obstacles to tackle as well as trampolines, slackline, monkey bars and a new forest lake set-up.

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