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Swanage Railway

A fun way to enjoy a family day out on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

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Swanage Railway in Purbeck Dorset


With stations located a short drive from Wareham or in the centre of Swanage the Swanage Railway is the perfect place to enjoy a great family day out on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. The heritage railway tourism attraction operates full-size steam and diesel passenger trains along the five and a half miles of line from Norden to Corfe Castle and down to the traditional seaside town of Swanage.

The line has stations at Corfe Castle and Harman’s Cross as well as a halt at Herston, on the outskirts of Swanage. There is also a new trial link from Wareham station (Read more details on our post ‘Wareham to Swanage Railway Heritage Link Has Arrived’).  There are refreshment buffets at Norden and Swanage stations with picnic tables at most of the stations so you can soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a picnic.

Our station shop at Swanage is well stocked with souvenirs, railway books and DVDs, a large selection of items for model railways as well as clothing, railway prints and gifts for all ages.

If you are looking for something special, you can book on one of our dining trains or attend one of our special events – see below for upcoming events.

Whether you are a railway enthusiast, looking for something to do with the family or planning a visit to the beach, the Swanage Railway will provide interest and enjoyment for all.

Norden at Purbeck Park is the closest station to Wareham with ample parking. Or you can catch the bus – Purbeck Breezer no. 40 from Wareham (go to website).

Read Visit Purbeck’s feature on Swanage Railway’s project to restore a Victorian stream train that was attacked near Wareham in World War Two!




Swanage Railway, Norden, CORFE CASTLE, Dorset BH20 5DW


01929 425800




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