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Swanage Railway

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“steam engine”(74 reviews)
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The Swanage Railway provides an ideal way to get to the beach without the need to park in Swanage. Simply leave your car at the Norden Park and Ride, which is conveniently located just off the A351 north of Corfe Castle, and start your holiday early!
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47 Station Road, Swanage BH19 1AD, England
+44 1929 425800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Swanage railway is great for adults and children alike. The staff are wonderful, the cafe is great, the steam and diesel trains are beautiful; and the stops, including the museum and Corfe Castle, make for a perfect day out!

Thank Tara J
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful journey from Norton all the way to Swanage, great scenery and lucky to see a few different steam engines at the station! Good value for money to go back to the Golden Age of steam and support a worthy long term business/preservation project

Thank Jenny101214
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Did a long walk up to Corfe Castle with friends and then took the train back to Swanage. There’s obviously been a lot of work done to get this line back running and a very enthusiastic team of supporters who deserve the backing they are...More

Thank ayresee
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went to the Railway as part of a family trip to Swanage. We made the return trip from Swanage to Norden and back. The weather was awful, but that didn't stop my young son thinking that the ride was awesome (he could stick his...More

Thank PeteS1_12
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the train from Norden to Swanage. It went past Corfe Castle although we didn't stop there. The journey was ideallic through the countryside, it is a shame the journey is quite short. The station in Swanage in right in the town and the...More

Thank Claire P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Avoided the gala day yet still saw 3 locos. Travelled to Corfe castle and back, visited the National Trust shop and took in the village.

Thank Mrg9999
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the train to Corfe Castle, including entry to the model village for and extra £2 - usual entry is £3.99 and it's a lovely spot. The railway is beautifully looked after and well run... and the train was on time!!! It's a great...More

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

But the scenery is very pretty. We traveled from Norden to Swanage, hopped off at Corfe Castle for a wander then back on again. Would definitely recommend this attraction for a lovely day out.

Thank Elizabeth F
Reviewed 4 days ago

We found the chance to ride on a good old steam train again very enjoyable and great fun as the journey is very interesting to see including something in the fields only seen in Dorset in October we were told and some farm animals that...More

Thank JohnRWebb
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely place to visit, whether just watching the trains or taking a journey through to Corfe Castle. Polite and helpful staff and so much to see.

Thank Rosina S
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Lorraine J
12 August 2018|
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Response from David R | Property representative |
It is a short walk of approximatey 200 meters some of which is up a medium gradient. Drop the person off by the "cob building" park the car in the car park (150 meters approx) and then rejoin them fir the 200 meter walk to... More
Katre A
2 June 2018|
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Response from David R | Property representative |
The journey from Swanage to Corfe Castle is 22 minutes approx. each way. Corfe Castle (the Castle itself ) is a National Trust owned property see their website for details.There is an admission charge though entry is free to... More
Sarah M
17 May 2018|
Response from David R | Property representative |
Yes your Mum can stay on the train for the entire round trip. There is no need to get off at Norden (the Northern Terminus). Regards David