Swanage town, originally a small port and fishing village, flourished in the Victorian era, when it first became a significant quarrying port and later a seaside resort for the rich of the day. Today the town remains a popular tourist resort, this being the town's primary industry, with many thousands of visitors coming to the town during the peak summer season, drawn by the bay's sandy beaches and other attractions.
Swanage harbour entrance showing the famous pier and the old pier groins in the foreground. Swanage's Victorian pier is over 100 years old and is one of two built, although it is the only one that survives complete today. The pier extends into the southern end of Swanage Bay near Swanage, a small town in the south east of Dorset, England. It is situated on the eastern coast of the Isle of Purbeck.
Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack and a stump, located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England. They mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast. Old Harry Rocks lies directly east of Studland, about northeast of Swanage, and south of the large towns of Poole and Bournemouth. The chalk of Old Harry Rocks used to be part of a long stretch of chalk between Purbeck and the Isle of Wight. They are a haven for birds which you can see flying above them.