Steam train

Swanage Steam Railway


Explore the beautiful countryside around Swanage on the old steam trains that chuff along to Corfe Castle and beyond.

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What makes it special

  • The romance of steam

Opening Times

Spring half-term week and all March weekends.

All of April to October (except some Mondays and Fridays in October).

Autumn half-term week and all November & December weekends.

Christmas school holidays (not Christmas Day)


Adult - up to £8 (single) and £15 (return) (depending on number of stops)

Child - up to £5.50 (single and £8 (return) (depending on number of stops)

Family - up to £39 (return) (depending on number of stops)

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Swanage Steam Railway

Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HB

Map references

OS Map: 195, & Explorer OL15

OS Grid Ref: SZ029789

Lat/Lng: 50.60991, -1.9602092

Contact information

Email: [email protected]

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