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Swanage to Bournemouth via Sandbanks – open top Purbeck Breezer 50 from morebus

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Purbeck Breezer 50 from More

Open top tour

Travel anywhere on this route for just £2 between January and June 2023!

One of the UK's most scenic bus routes: hop on this open top service for breathtaking views of Sandbanks & the Isle of Purbeck. Feel the breeze in your hair as you sit back, relax and unwind on board.

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Buses run up to every 30 mins, every day of the week

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Bournemouth to Sandbanks & Swanage via Westbourne, Canford Cliffs, Shell Bay & Studland

One of the UK’s most scenic bus routes: hop on this open top service for breathtaking views of Sandbanks & the Isle of Purbeck. Feel the breeze in your hair as you sit back, relax and unwind on board.

Places to visit & things to do along the way

Bournemouth is the largest resort in Dorset and boasts seven miles of sandy beaches, beautiful parks and gardens, as well as a vast array of shops, restaurants and holiday accommodation to suit all budgets.

You’re sure to find plenty of things to do while exploring the town, with lots of attractions, activities, entertainment and adventure to keep all ages entertained.

With great shopping and eating out experiences as well as lots of events all year round, there really is something for everyone.

Just outside Bournemouth to the west is Westbourne, a fascinating coastal village that is definitely worth exploring.

With a thriving community spirit, Westbourne’s unique appeal has attracted an ever growing and varied number of cosmopolitan restaurants, bars, delicatessens, off-licences, cafés, food stores and independent shops.

Canford Cliffs is a natural and tranquil area, situated between Shore Road and Branksome Chine beaches.

It has Blue Flag status, with sandy cliffs and picturesque wooden huts, making Canford Cliffs a popular choice for locals. It is within walking distance of Canford Cliffs village, which offers a range of restaurants and local shops.

Compton Acres is recognised as one of the most important ornamental gardens in England.

Constructed in 1920 by Mr Thomas Simpson, today, Compton Acres is still acknowledged as one of the finest privately owned gardens in England. Enjoy over 10 acres of horticultural heaven, relax in our charming Café & Tea Rooms, browse the treasures in our Gifted Moment store or delve into the exciting world of plants within our Plant Centre.

Sandbanks Beach is undoubtedly the BEST beach on the South Coast of England. Some would even say in Britain!

Sandbanks itself is a small peninsula, which contains some of the most expensive houses and land in the country. In fact Sandbanks is becoming as famous for its well know residents and lavish lifestyles of some of its occupants as it is for its beach.

One of the most famous and unique attractions of Sandbanks is the Sandbanks Chain Ferry, which shuttles between Sandbanks and Studland crossing at the mouth of Poole harbour.

The Shell Bay and Studland Beaches are of the finest quality with fine golden sand. The water is clean and safe, although it may sometimes be cool! The beach slowly and gradually slopes away, ensuring it is safe for even the smallest of children.

Access to the beaches can be gained via the Sandbanks Ferry, which carries cars as well as foot passengers, or by driving round the long way through Wareham to Corfe Castle and then doubling back. The Ferry gets very busy at peak periods during the summer and the quickest way across is as a foot passenger.

Studland - Old Harry Rocks

A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.

The beaches at Studland are called Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach. All are owned by the National Trust.

It is ideal for water sports and includes the most popular naturist beach in Britain. The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles.

Designated trails through the sand dunes and woodlands allows for exploration and spotting of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers.

Situated on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, and a gateway town for exploring the Jurassic Coast, the fun family resort of Swanage is ideal for relaxing breaks, walking, cycling and for group activity and educational holidays.

Enjoy exploring the nearby picturesque villages of Corfe Castle, Studland and Worth Matravers during your visit to Swanage.

3 reviews (4.7)

  • 5 stars★★★★★ Great trip!

    One of the finest open top bus routes in the South! Clean and well maintained buses, and some interesting scenery from the top deck, from lovely houses as it passes through some of the best residential areas. The sea is never too far away. (no queueing for the Sandbanks Ferry as the bus has full priority! No half hour queues in one’s own car!). The route over Purbeck Hills and down into Swanage is lovely; but take care for the low branches of some trees. If you have a bus pass, what a great 75 minute ride. Every half hour. Great summer treat. Thanks Breezer, and see you soon.

  • 4 stars★★★★ Perfect for enjoyingthe spectacular views

    I loved it the views are spectacular I will use it again

  • 5 stars★★★★★ Super Enjoyable and Affordable Scenic Bus Tour. Our staple transportation whilst on Staycation

    Definitely would recommend it. It took us all around the most beautiful places around Bournemouth and Dorset. Made our staycation feel like a proper coach tour. I agree with the low branch warning of the other review on the page. Very affordable, and the option of 2 different prices to different boundaries. Clean and well-maintaned units. Many strategic stops along the well-planned route. Excellent, we loved it!

This listing was last updated on 3rd January 2023

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