Swanage is at the end of a small peninsular on the South central coast of England.
It is served by bus and train and is only a few hours drive from London
Swanage can be reached in one of two ways:
By chain ferry from Sandbanks (Poole) or
By road via Wareham and Corfe Castle.
Travel directions via Wareham
From the East: From the M3 join the M27 West towards Ringwood and Bournemouth.
From Ringwood, take the A31 to Bournemouth
and follow signs for Poole/Dorchester.
Just after Wimborne take the A349 to Poole. You will eventually see signs for Wareham and the A35.
Follow the signs to Wareham. You will joing the A351 through Sandford and to Wareham.
From Wareham take the A351 through Corfe Castle and to Swanage
Travel directions via the Sandbanks chain ferry:
From the East: From the M3 join the M27 West towards Ringwood and Bournemouth
Just after Ringwood take the A338 to Bournemouth
Follow this road right through Bournemouth until it runs out at the Liverpool Victoria
Follow the signs for Sandbanks and Swanage to the chain ferry.
Once off the ferry follow the B3351 to Studland Approximately 3/4 mile
out of the village turn left and follow signs for Swanage
Parking spaces will be at a premium on Carnival day in Swanage. It is very, very unlikely you will find free on-street parking on Carnival day.
The biggest car park is on Victoria Avenue. This has overflow onto the playing fields which the council normally open on Carnival day.
Full details of Swanage car parks and charges can be found here
If you intend to drive to Swanage on Carnival day the best advice is to arrive very early.
Do not park on the roads designated for the carnival procession as you may get towed away.
Do not be tempted to park on the verge of a road with yellow lines. You may think you are off the road but you will still get a parking ticket.
Park and Ride
You can avoid the car parking nightmare and long, hot traffic queues on Carnival day by letting the train take the strain
Park your car at Nordon Park and Ride just before Corfe Castle
and catch a steam train to Swanage. Swanage Railway will be running
extra trains during carnival week and late evening trains that leave after the firework
displays. see Swanage Railway for
Swanage Bus Station
From Bournemouth (Wilts & Dorset Bus 50)
From Poole (Wilts & Dorset Bus 40)
Nearest main line railway station is at Wareham, 10 miles. There is an hourly
bus connection to Swanage: Wilts & Dorset 40.
Sandbanks car ferry
operates every day from 7am - 11pm every 20 mins.
Swanage coach station. Regular service to London and beyond.