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Whatever the weather, take a journey back in time with an enjoyable day of excitement and nostalgia at the award winning Swanage Railway.
Sit back and relax during a leisurely trip behind a historic steam locomotive.
The 12 mile Swanage Railway return trip takes you through the beautiful Purbeck countryside and includes stunning views of the iconic remains of William the Conqueror's Corfe Castle.
There are railway stations at Norden, Corfe Castle, Harmans Cross, Herston Halt and Swanage. You are able to buy tickets at Norden, Corfe Castle and Swanage stations with cash or card. If you get on the train at Harmans Cross or Herston Halt you will need cash to buy your ticket on-board.
You can buy a variety of one-way, holiday season (3 and 5 day) and Freedom Of The Line (all day, hop on/off) tickets as well as standard day-return tickets. Save time queueing on the day, and book your tickets in advance.
You can travel on the railway in either direction.
As you travel down to Swanage from Norden Station you can appreciate the rich history of the area, its abundant wildlife and fascinating geology as well as the influence the region had on famous authors such as Enid Blyton and Thomas Hardy. When Enid Blyton holidayed in the area, she used the railway and would generally include a train journey (inspired by her own experiences) in her Famous Five books.
You can use your return ticket from Norden to Swanage to break your journey and stop at one of the other stations. Perhaps visiting the quaint village of Corfe Castle and then getting back on the train to continue your day out. While at Corfe Station, be sure to stop by at the Railway Museum and take some photos from the very photogenic platform with the Castle in the background. Perfect for sharing on social media.
Steam trains run most weekends throughout the year and daily from April to October. Vintage diesel trains are also used on the service. In addition, special galas and themed events are also run, such as steam and diesel galas, Halloween Bistro and Santa Express.
Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea on-board our special carriages. Curry nights and Friday Night Bistro are available too, as well as Christmas Luncheon during December. Booking is necessary for these special events.
If you wish to get off the train at Herston Halt, tell the guard on-board the train. This station is a request stop only, so the train will not stop unless requested. To get on the train at Herston Halt, signal the train driver from the platform.
There is a cafe and picnic benches at Swanage Station where you can enjoy morning coffee and light lunches, or purchase a picnic lunch for your day out.
Gift Cards are now available to purchase from Swanage Railway to be redeemed against any Swanage Railway product - including train tickets, dining trains and even driver experiences. The gift cards can be purchased online (in values of £15, £25 or £50) or by calling 01929 475207 for other values between £10 and £500.
You can also show support to the Railway by dontating to SOS (Save Our Service) Appeal.
|Open New Year|
|Opening 2021 (1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021)|
* Planned re-opening 12 April 2021
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult Return (Swanage-Norden Corfe Castle)||£15.00 per ticket|
|Annual Season Ticket||from £24.50 to £49.00 per ticket|
|Child Return Swanage-Norden Corfe Castle)||£8.00 per ticket|
|Children under 5||Free|
|Family Return (2 adults and 3 children or 1 adult and 4 children)||£39.00 per ticket|
Ticket prices vary according to journey and time of day - Visit: www.swanagerailway.co.uk.
Single trips and other fares also available see website https://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/fares
"Freedom of the Line" are return tickets but also allow passengers to use them for multiple trips on the day of issue.
Registered Disabled Passengers and their Carer will be carried at the child rate.
Group discounted rate applies to pre-booked tickets for 15 or more people when tickets are purchased together.
Swanage Railway Rail Card is available to all and offers a 33% on all standard fares. Exclusions are Dining Trains (Wessex Belle) Santa Specials and most special events. Cards cost £15 and are valid for a year.
Combined tickets for Swanage Railway and Corfe Castle Model Village are available at Swanage, Norden and Corfe Castle station booking offices on train operating days only.
Combined tickets for the Sea Train Adventure can be purchased from City Cruises website: www.citycruisespoole.com/from-poole/sea-train-adventure
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.
From The West: The nearest major road is the A351. Park at Norden Car Park off A351 just before Corfe Castle village.
From The East: Catch the car ferry between Sandbanks and Studland then follow road signs for Swanage.
By Train & Bus:
From The West: The nearest mainline railway station is Wareham (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line). Catch the number 40 bus from Wareham Railway Station to Corfe Castle East Street bus stop. It is then a short walk to Corfe Castle Railway Station.
From The East: Catch the train to Bournemouth Railway Station then transfer to the number 50 bus to Swanage Bus/Railway Station.
Journey Planning: To plan your journey by public transport contact, visit the Traveline website: www.travelinesw.com
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