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Swanage Railway


Railway Station Approach
BH19 1HB

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Telephone:+44 01929 425800

Swanage Railway - photo taken by Andrew P.M. Wright

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult one-wayfrom £2.20 to £7.00 per ticket
Adult returnfrom £2.70 to £13.00 per ticket
Child one-wayfrom £1.10 to £5.00 per ticket
Child returnfrom £1.60 to £8.00 per ticket
Child under 5 years oldFree
Dogsfrom £1.00 to £2.00 per ticket
Family return£37.00 per ticket

Tickets may be purchased from our main ticket offices at Swanage, Corfe Castle and Norden. Our offices accept cash and card payments with Contactless and Apple pay.
Tickets may also be purchased on the train but card payments cannot be made on-train.
Adult Fares apply to age 16 years and above - there are no Senior Discounts.
Child Fares are available between the ages of 5 and 15 years. Children under 5 are FREE.
A Family Ticket may be used by 2 Adults & 3 Children or 1 Adult & 4 Children.
Registered Disabled Passengers and their Carer will be carried at the child rate.
Revised Fares apply for Special Events - Please check for details on our event page or call our reservations on 01929 475207.


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • gagensl24
    Greater London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Fantastic restoration of a true Country/seaside railway.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 11th November 2018
    This is not to be missed. Booking is easy in the ticket office, or even better value on line, which is really easy to complete. The ride alone is great, and the stations/halts are a perfect... Read full review
  • Brian D
    Stevenage, England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family outing
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 12th November 2018
    Love this little bit of nostalgia trip from Corf (Nordon car park) to Swanage its always charming even on a rainy day and the grandchildren had fun. Understand must be expensive to run and keep going... Read full review
  • jim b
    Derby, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Spot Southern Railways excellent Bullied Pacific Locomotives
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 12th November 2018
    One of the best railways in the country, especially as it has some first class locomotives from Southern Locomotives. - For a 'song' you too can part own the fleet of 7 engines. Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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.

Public Transport Directions

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: Contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit their website: to look up bus timetables.



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  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Coach with easier wheelchair access and disabled toilets on some trains.
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loops in booking officer, shop and buffets.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - at Norden Car Park
  • Ramp/Level Access - from car parks, into the Guards Van and open access coach
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - only at Norden Car Park or Swanage seafront and some trains.


  • On-Site café/restaurant - On train service plus Swanage Station buffet (open daily) and Norden Station buffet (open most operating days)
  • Picnic Site - at Norden Car Park

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets - at Norden, Corfe Castle and Swanage stations

Key Features

  • In countryside - Train travels between Norden and Swanage Town Centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 15
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Parking (charge) - £3.20 per car for all day at Norden Car Park. £5 for coaches - 5 spaces available.

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - 15

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.

Opening Times

Open New Year
Opening 2018 (1 January 2018 - 31 December 2018)

* Please check our website for specific opening days and times.


Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Sunday, 2nd December 2018

Saturday, 8th December 2018 - Sunday, 9th December 2018

Saturday, 15th December 2018 - Sunday, 16th December 2018

Friday, 21st December 2018 - Monday, 24th December 2018

Santa at Swanage Railway - copyright Swanage RailwaySanta SpecialsMeet Santa in Dorset at the Swanage Railway this Christmas! Tickets now available to book online.
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