We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Station Rd, Swanage BH19 1AD, England
Phone Number:
+44 1929 425800
10:00 - 18:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

The Swanage Railway provides an ideal way to get to the beach without the...

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!

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Steam Train & Sea Cruise Adventure including the Jurassic Coast from Poole
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,826 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1297
  • 434
    Very good
  • 59
  • 16
  • 4
great views and experience

truly beautiful views. and everybody loves the train. great journey for all ages. I hear great things about the santa trains as well

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Swanage, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

1,826 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,810: English reviews
Swanage, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

truly beautiful views. and everybody loves the train. great journey for all ages. I hear great things about the santa trains as well

Thank sotonboy1984
Level Contributor
123 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took a trip whilst in Swanage for Christmas and it was enjoyed by all of the family, dog included. Staff all helpful and friendly and probably the only railway that runs on time these days! Some might say its a bit pricey, which I understand, but I feel its better to keep this engines working rather than sat there. They... More 

Thank TerenceTibbs
Bracknell, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely afternoon on the Swanage Railway, albeit a bit expensive I understand its all voluntary and therefor it has to be to make money. Putting that aside it was great to travel on an old steam train and carriages. They accepted our medium size dog as well. We travelled to Corfe Castle got off in Corfe and... More 

Thank David P
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff and volunteers deserve full credit for restoring and running these steam trains. Great way to spend a few hours. Staff let you have a look and stand in the footplate area. Lovely journey to Corfe Castle through beautiful countryside. Highly recommended

Thank KentHammer
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
299 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting Swanage town I spotted Steam coming from an engine in the town centre. We walked up to the station just as the steam train was leaving. We did nt have time to wait for the next one but had a wander around the station which looked great . Swanage Railway

Thank taffytaf_2
Weymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a special Steam Railway trip on 23rd December on the Christmas Belle. We were served delicious canapes, champagne and soft drinks. Everyone received a card and a lovely key ring. It was a wonderful experience. Just bring your camera and enjoy the nostalgia. The trip lasted an hour, but we could spend as long as we liked at... More 

Thank Z744MZanna
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my tree year old son to expereince the santa train ride. A real treat with a great atmosphere on board. We were treated to mince pies and a glass of sherry while he had a busicuit and juice. Santa was great and took his time talking to all the children, in addition a lady came round and made model... More 

Thank Sj1277
Level Contributor
347 reviews
149 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Go on, climb aboard behind the steam engine. History comes alive with the hiss of steam. This is a wonderful way to avoid the busy winding roads. The railway has a car park at the northern end and you can Park and Ride to the fantastic Corfe Castle (and arrive far closer to the castle and village centre than any... More 

1 Thank David S
Level Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the steam train to Corfe Castle direct from Swanage town centre. Brilliant experience and a great way to get to the Castle & back.

Thank souLondon_england
Twickenham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a one way trip to Corfe Castle by train (£7) which had lovely scenery and very picturesque stops on the way. Swift half in Bankes Arms then a scenic (if not a little windy) walk along the nearby ridge back down to Swanage. The walk is optional as you can get a return train trip should you prefer!

Thank Rob D

Travellers who viewed Swanage Railway also viewed

Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
Corfe Castle, Isle of Purbeck

Been to Swanage Railway? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Swanage Railway and other visitors
8 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (8)

Questions? Get answers from Swanage Railway staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?