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Swanage Railway

47 Station Road, Swanage BH19 1HB, England
+44 1929 425800
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Christmas special

What an amazing time at the Swanage steam railway on the Christmas Santa special .The atmosphere... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wimborne, United Kingdom
via mobile
Always a joy

My in-laws live next to the railway and it is always a highlight of any visit, even if I only get... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pontypool, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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!
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“park and ride” (70 reviews)
“steam engine” (66 reviews)
“buffet car” (51 reviews)
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47 Station Road, Swanage BH19 1HB, England
+44 1929 425800
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing time at the Swanage steam railway on the Christmas Santa special .The atmosphere was first class, Santa and the elves handed out gifts to all the children.We had mince pies and sherry ( grown ups😂) and there was juice and biscuits for...More

Thank mrsfenemore
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My in-laws live next to the railway and it is always a highlight of any visit, even if I only get to see the trains pass through the station. Now they have been granted access to Wareham station during the summer, so you can travel...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great day out on the Swanage Railway in November. It was a reduced service as obviously it’s not prime visitor time. But that meant the carriages were not crowded & were quiet. Some great photo opportunities of the trains, surrounding countryside & stations. Well...More

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited Swanage Railway Station so many times over the years. It is a real nostalgia trip. It is free to observe from the platform and take in the sights, sounds and smells. I must take a trip someday for the full experience.

Thank Johnnyfastgun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed my trip on Swanage Railway. I decided to take the line to the end, rather than get off at Corfe Castle. Managed to get good views of the Castle on the way past. It is a good idea to combine the steam train...More

Thank emuslushy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Step back in time, watch the steam loco pull the train into the station and then board the train. Great nostalgic experience as you smell the smoke and oil - ooh that smell. Station at Swanage looks like it did in the 1950's, with old...More

Thank Alan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent trip. Got the chance to go a bit further up the line so the train could turn and gorgeous views of the castle.

Thank Karin L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a great nostalgic trip through the countryside on steam train. Volunteers were excellent, polite and helpful. Brought back memories from our childhood.

Thank ChrissieC95
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took my dad for a train driving experience on the swanage railway and while he was having fun we took a trip to Corfe castle and back with the pooch. Lovely staff happy to help and answer all the questions a nerd like me might...More

Thank Ema F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have not used the train but have been in the railway carrige cafe a few times. We were here last year & I enjoyed nice Pasty & cup of Tea. Visited Oct this yr 2017 but pasty was the flaky pastry type I did`nt enjoy,...More

Thank KennethW829
David R, Director of Sales at Swanage Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Kenneth Thank you for your review. For the benefit of readers of this review the pasties and sausage rolls are in a glass hot cupboard on the counter at the servery. Customers are welcome to ask staff for additional information before any item is...More

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cindy b
18 July 2017|
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Response from David R | Property representative |
Yes children under 5 (called infants) may travel on the City Cruises boats which provide the sea element of the sea train adventure They travel free of charge.
3 January 2017|
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Response from David R | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. Dogs are welcome on board but must be kept on a lead and on the floor. The fare is £1 per single journey. There is no charge for assistance dogs. Dogs are not permitted in the Buffets, the Dining... More
Denise M
11 June 2016|
Response from David R | Property representative |
Hi Denise. Bournemouth is 13 miles from Swanage as the crow flies. To get from Bournemouth to Swanage by this the direct route you would have to go by car or use the Purbeck Breezer route 50 bus. This route takes you over... More