If you want a glimpse of the glory days of Britain’s seaside towns, a trip to Swanage and its historic pier is a must. Built in 1859/60 the original pier was constructed primarily for shipping stone. Horses would pull carts along the narrow gauge tramway. A steamer boat service between Swanage, Poole and Bournemouth saw the function of the pier switch to day-trippers and in 1897 a new, longer pier was opened.
The steamer service resumed after the Second World War but by 1966 it was unsustainable. The pier was left to ruin for the next 30 years but a community bid in 1994 saw it fall into the hands of the Swanage Pier Trust, which has restored and maintains it as a charity.
Today the pier is popular with walkers, fishermen, divers and boaters. Take a stroll to the end and peer through the unique underwater camera at the sealife and divers enjoying the depths below.