Prince Albert Gardens

Prince Albert GardensPrince Albert Gardens was developed as part of the Swanage Seafront Improvement Scheme in 1996, on the site of the old Miniature Golf Course. This beautifully landscaped public garden with an open-air amphitheatre is well used in the summer months. If you just want to sit and enjoy the views across the bay, or visit one of the many events that take place in the tourist season this is the place to be! The landscaping forms a gradual transition from the urban edge of the town to the wilder adjoining landscape of the Downs. Local materials and attention to detail gave the project a commendation at the Civic Trust Awards soon after its completion in 1997.

The gardens are an ideal place to watch the activities of pleasure boats that come and go from the wonderful Victorian Pier. The pier has being lovingly restored and is a credit to the volunteers of the Swanage Pier Trust. More information on the pier can be found on

A sight not to be missed is when the world’s last sea going paddle steamer ‘Waverley’ comes into the bay to collect passengers from the pier. It gives a sense of nostalgia to see this old steamer moored at the pier, disembarking and embarking passengers. For information on the timetable and destinations for the Waverley please visit