Walk along Swanage Pier and you’ll be walking in the footsteps of generations. Whether you’re diving, sailing, fishing or simply strolling, Swanage Pier offers something for everyone including, of course, the finest views of Swanage.
Pier Admission Fees and opening times throughout the year
Half way along Swanage Pier you will find Marine Villas, a grade 2 listed building housing the pier shop & café, exhibition and Edwardian “What the Butler saw” gaming machines along with an amusing display of Donald McGill’s ‘naughty’ seaside postcards of the mid 1900’s.
Limited parking is available on Swanage Pier and where better to park your vehicle than alongside the waters edge, just to relax and admire the views or to take part in the varied activities.
Swanage Pier exhibition centre is located in the ground floor of Marine Villas with old Swanage memorabilia and Swanage maritime history, together with a pictorial history showing the progress of the Pier renovations and repairs.
Swanage retains a very special place in the hearts of residents and visitors alike. Take a stroll along the Pier and stop to look at some of the fascinating plaques and benches inscribed with quotations and sentiments. Some of the memories are intensely personal, while others are funny and quirky.
See the latest events planned on Swanage Pier.
The following documents are available to download in PDF format:
Swanage Pier Facts and Figures
The far end of Swanage Pier is a popular spot to relax and have a days angling, with glorious views of the Isle of Wight. Swanage anglers are leading the way by using special 'Fishing line bins' which have been installed on the Pier for anglers to discard their unwanted line. read more...
Thousands come to Swanage Pier to Scuba Dive under the Pier or to board boats to other local dive destinations. An area adjacent to the Pier has been buoyed off as a safe Diver Training Zone.
Sail from Swanage Pier aboard the last sea going paddle steamer in the world. Magnificently restored with towering tunnels, timber decks and gleaming varnish and brass or take one of the many passenger trips to and from Swanage Pier which are available throughout the summer months.
Swanage is a useful anchorage with protection. Berthing fees are payable when alongside Swanage Pier. Occasional Berthing Fee £10 per boat per visit
Visitors to Swanage Pier can enjoy watching the wildlife beneath the waves without putting a toe in the water, thanks to a new underwater camera situated beneath the end of the Pier.
As well as being a tourist attraction and a place of interest, Swanage Pier is also a very good site for educational visits. Subjects could include history, geography, geology, art, physics, to name just a few.
The original Swanage Pier was constructed in 1859/60 by James Walton of London for the Swanage Pier and Tramway Company and opened by John Mowlem. The Pier was built primarily for shipping stone. Horses were used to pull carts along the narrow gauge tramway which ran along the Pier and seafront.
Find out more about the Swanage Pier trust,
The Friends of Swanage Friends play a vital role in supporting Swanage Pier Trust. Annual Subscription to The Friends of Swanage Pier is a minimum donation of £20 for which members receive an annual strolling pass and regular Newsletters plus a dedicated “Friends” website to keep everyone up to date with the latest happenings.
Due to the dedication and hard work of all our supporters and volunteers, the Pier is looking as glorious today as it might have over 100 years ago. Swanage Pier Trust is an independent charity, funded by voluntary donations and with only 2 paid members of staff; our volunteers play an important role in welcoming visitors to the Pier.
The Swanage Pier Trust took control of the Pier Company at the end of 1994 with the aim of restoring and maintaining it for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. After the initial essential repairs and restoration work at a cost of over £1,000,000, we still need to raise £200,000 each year for running and maintenance costs, which makes your support vital to the future of Swanage Pier.
Links to other local websites, clubs and organisations.