13 December 2018

Welcome to the New Marine Villas


The 1859 Pier Café & Bistro (named after the construction date of the original Swanage Pier) opened in mid July and is now well established and very popular. Why not visit for breakfast or an evening meal? The glass conservatory extension is the perfect place to enjoy views over the whole of Swanage seafront.

The interior of the cafe has three glass floor panels where you can now peer below your feet into the historic saltwater baths that gave Marine Villas its original purpose. 


The Fine Foundation Visitor Centre exhibition area is now open and includes a display of artefacts recovered from the Kyarra and loaned by Divers Down; a marine aquarium with marine life from under the pier; a model of the pier; historical photographs; and a touchscreen video display showing various films about the pier.

Gift Shop

The new look gift shop is open and well stocked with marine artefacts, books, fossils, games, handbags & scarfs, and bespoke handmade jewellery, biscuits and chocolates.


Upstairs, Marine Villas has a meeting room with a view available to hire. 

The installation works to the new community radio station, ‘Purbeck Coast FM’ are continuing, and the studio will be available for volunteers to start practicing again early next year.




  • 13 December 2018

    Welcome to the New Marine Villas

    Cafe The 1859 Pier Café & Bistro (named after the construction date of the original Swanage Pier) opened in mid July and is now well esta...

  • 06 December 2018

    Big Winter Raffle 2018

    It's that time of year again... no, not Christmas - the Swanage Pier Winter Raffle! Tickets are just £1 each. All proceeds raised go towar...

  • 03 December 2018

    Have you seen our Marine Aquarium?

    As part of the regeneration of Marine Villas, the new exhibition space houses a marine aquarium. Stocked with marine life taken directly from under ...

  • 01 December 2018

    Christmas Opening Hours 2018

    Why not enjoy a winter walk along the Pier, come and see our Christmas trees, or pop into The 1859 Pier Cafe & Bistro for something boozy and ho...

  • 19 October 2018

    Poppy on the Pier

    In support of remembrance, Swanage Pier Trust is installing a large Poppy on the Pier, which will be lit up at night. "It is important to ta...

  • 04 September 2018

    Waverley Returns to Swanage Pier

    The majestic Waverley is returning to Swanage Pier this September for a series of South Coast Sailings. These will take place between 7th and 20th S...

  • 24 April 2018

    Foundations for the future

    Thank you to everyone who helped us raise the funds we needed to begin the restoration project. The work is now getting underway and exciting thin...

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