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*LATEST UPDATE* The car park at Purbeck Park is currently closed.
Just off the A351 north of Corfe Castle, Norden Car Park has space to park 350 vehicles. If travelling to Corfe Castle or Swanage, using the Car Park is the easiest way to avoid traffic queues or finding a parking space in smaller car parks.
Please note, the £3.50 charge is only for car parking, you will need to purchase an onward bus or train ticket separately.
You can either walk (1 mile via the National Trust Visitor Centre) or catch the train or bus to Corfe Castle. For Swanage, catch the train or bus. Please note: bus number 30 stops inside Norden Car Park and operates a daily service during the May half-term (25 May - 2 June) and from 24 June - 21 September (a Saturday/Sunday only service will run from 3 June to 23 June). Bus number 40 stops outside the Car Park, next to the National Trust Visitor Centre (a 10 minute walk away) - this bus operates daily, all year.
To keep you amused while waiting for the train or bus, there is a clay mining museum. There are picnic tables and a small food/drinks outlet on the station platform. There is also bike hire available from Cyclexperience with cycle routes to the beaches at Studland, Wareham and the Purbeck Hills.
Ideas for days out from Norden:
Walk to the coast along the Purbeck Way. Follow signs from the car park or end of the railway station platform towards Corfe Castle
For more ideas for days out without your car, download the leaflet below.
|Summer Opening (1 May 2020 - 31 August 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||07:00||- 23:00*|
|Autumn Opening (1 September 2020 - 31 October 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||07:00||- 21:00*|
|Winter Opening (1 November 2020 - 30 November 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||07:00||- 19:00*|
|Winter Opening (1 December 2020 - 28 February 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||07:00||- 18:00*|
|Spring Opening (1 March 2021 - 30 April 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||07:00||- 21:00*|
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Car parking - all day||£3.50 per ticket|
|Coach parking||£5.00 per ticket|
|Free admission for walkers,cyclists,bus passengers||Free|
Please note the parking prices do not include onward travel by bus or train.
From Wareham: Follow the A351 along the Wareham By-pass. At the Stoborough/Furzebrook roundabout, follow the brown signs for Norden Park and Ride. At the roundabout just before Corfe Castle village, turn left and then right.
FROM THE WEST: the nearest mainline railway station is Wareham (on the London Waterloo to Weymouth line). Transfer to bus number 40 to Castle View Visitor Centre bus stop and follow the wooden signs to the Park and Ride (10 min walk).
FROM THE EAST: catch a train to Bournemouth Railway Station, transfer to the number 50 bus to Swanage, then transfer again to bus number 30 which calls into Norden Car Park or bus number 40 to Castle View Visitor Centre bus stop and follow the wooden signs to Norden Park and Ride (10 min walk). Number 30 bus: A daily service will run during the May half term (25 May - 2 June) and again during the summer peak season (24 June - 21 September). A Saturday/Sunday only service will run from 3 June to 23 June.
BY HERITAGE RAILWAY: At times when the Swanage Railway is running, catch a train from Swanage, Herston, Harman's Cross or Corfe Castle to Norden Station. Tel: 01929 425800 or visit their website: www.swanagerailway.co.uk.
JOURNEY PLANNING: To plan your journey using public transport, contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: www.travelinesw.com to look up bus timetables.
Swanage Railway, SwanageEnjoy a nostalgic steam-train ride on the Purbeck line. Trains run for most of the year - daily from April to October and most weekends throughout the year. Park at Norden then catch a train to travel 6 miles south to Swanage, passing through Corfe Castle village.
Cyclexperience, Corfe CastleCombine tranquility, exercise and discovery on a bike and explore the woodland, heath, beaches and hills of Purbeck.
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