The Sandhaven is located a short walk from the beach at Swanage, one of the most desirable locations in Purbeck and within easy reach of all the attractive and historic features of Dorset.Swanage alone boasts more than 1 mile of sandy beach with water ideal for bathing, a traditional steam railway and a wealth of boutiques and small shops. A short walk out of town takes one to Durlston Country Park which offers splendid views along the Purbeck Coast.
    Nearby Points of Interest
  • Durlston Country Park (2 mi)
  • Situated in the south-east corner of the Isle of Purbeck, a mile south of Swanage, Durlston Country Park comprises 280 acres of very special countryside.The Country Park was established in the 1970s by Dorset County Council, and 30 years of careful management by the Ranger team have resulted in a superb site that everyone can enjoy.Durlston Castle was restored in 2011 to become a spectacular new facility for visitors to Durlston and the Jurassic Coast
  • Corfe Castle (6 mi)
  • Enjoy one of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians. A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck.Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner.
  • The Tank Museum (16 mi)
  • Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War One to the present day. As you explore the Museum's six large halls you will come face to face with vehicles that have seen action in all the major wars of the 20th Century and hear first-hand accounts from those who fought in them.This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world's first ever tank - Little Willie, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern Challenger 2.
  • Monkeyworld (16 mi)
  • Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating day out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham this summer. The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world. Some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species including Europe’s official orang-utan crèche!
  • Lulworth Cove (20 mi)
  • Lulworth Cove is near the village of West Lulworth, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset. The cove is one of the world's finest examples of such a landform, It is als close to the rock arch of Durdle Door and other Jurassic Coast sites.A shingle beach which shelves steeply is safe for swimming. (Dogs are allowed on the beach) The Cove offers a variety of places to eat and there is a large car park (fee payable), make sure you visit the Heritage Centre
  • Nearby Activities
  • Land and Wave (0.1 mi)
  • Whether its simply learning to Kayak on the open seas, or a whole weekend of coastal water based outdoor adventure, Land and Wave can fulfill your every need.
  • Swanage Railway (1 mi)
  • The Swanage Railway offers a more intensive heritage steam and diesel timetable train service than virtually any other preserved railway.Our award-winning standard gauge preserved steam railway is located in Dorset with easy access from neighbouring Hampshire and the South of England. Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.
  • Scuba Diving (1 mi)
  • Swanage has always been a popular dive site for all standards of diver. Nestling nicely on the pier to the South of the town, Divers Down has an ideal location, with the underwater world of wonder lyingdirectly beneath it, attracted by the confines of the wooden pier framework. There are a variety of other dives including many wrecks which lie in deeper water outside the bay. including, Kyarra, Betsy Anna, Valentine Tanks, Aeolian Sky, Carantan, Firth Fisher, Venezuela, Hazlewood, Aparem
  • Local Events
  • Purbeck Literary Festival (0.6 mi)
  • Exploring the landscape through literature. Creative, comedy and blog writing workshops, poetry, performances and events featuring the works of Enid Blyton, T.E. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and contemporary authors many of whom lived in or were inspired by Purbeck.Book your friendly bed and breakfast and escape to Purbeck for a winter break.
  • Swanage Blues Festival (0.6 mi)
  • Every March and October thousands of music lovers come to Swanage Blues Festivals, where over 100 musicians perform at 60 events in 15 indoor venues. There’s superb music, drinking, eating, dancing, fun and laughter across the town and beyond, starting on Thursday evening and going on till late Sunday evening. Regular fans say they love the friendly atmosphere and the wide range of electric and acoustic music available in the pubs, restaurants and hotel bars.
  • Local Amenities
  • Coop (1 mi)
  • Medium sized supermarket near the Railway Station. generally has everything you could need, plus a few things you didn't realise you needed !
  • Swimming (1 mi)
  • If swimming in the sea isn't for you, there are two swimming pools in Swanage open to the public. one at Swanage Bay View, and the other at Ulwell Cottage Caravan park -
  • Cash Machines (1 mi)
  • There are several high street banks HSBC, LLoyds, Barclays, Nationwide, NatWest in Swanage, all in the town centre
Swanage Town Centre
(1.0mi, 1.6km)

The Sandhaven will be found at the North end of the beach, simply drive along the front, then as it passes the Bull and Boat restaurant on your right, The Sandhaven is a further 200 yards up Ulwell Road on the left.