As well as being a tourist attraction and a place of interest, Swanage Pier is a great site for educational visits. We welcome group visits from all over the country, even the world.

Use our prominent location to tell the story of the Jurassic Coast, dip into a rich Victorian history of seaside resorts, or learn more about the marine life under the pier…

Whether your group books an activity or experience day led by one of the Swanage Pier team, or uses the Pier to fulfil a self-guided tour or investigation – we’re on hand to help you get the most from your visit to Swanage and Purbeck. Contact our Education and Learning Officer to discuss your visit.

Why choose Swanage Pier?

  • Short guided tours of the Pier and Marine Villas can be given to groups by prior arrangement. There is no charge for this but a donation is always appreciated.
  • We have a dedicated Education and Learning Officer who can suggest appropriate learning resources, activities or experiences that are on offer.
  • Free Learning Resources: KS1-4 covering History, Geography, Science, Citizenship and Biology.

We’re happy to tailor the visit to your group’s requirements, just get in touch!

Why not book a planning visit?

We offer free planning visits for all educational groups. This gives you the chance to check out our facilities ahead of time, assess the site and meet our Education and Learning Officer.

Teachers' Information

We have a number of pieces of information that may be useful for teachers/lecturers prior to attending the Pier. If you require any other specific information, please do not hesitate to contact us before you visit and we will do our best to help.

Learning Resources 

Click here for the following key stage learning resources, which includes a lesson plan, activity sheet and power point for each subject. 

Key stage 1 - geography and science

Key stage 2 - geography and history 

Key stage 3 - citizenship and history 

Key stage 4 -  geography and history

Pier facts and figures
Swanage Pier timeline
Swanage Pier quiz

Swanage Pier Regeneration Project - Educational Case Study for GCSE & A Level - Teachers & Students 

Swanage Pier Regeneration & Restoration ‘Before & After’ Photographs