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Swanage Railway

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Address: Station House, Swanage BH19 1HB, England
Phone Number: 01929 425800
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Description: 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!
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The journey was very charismatic

We visited the railway one morning when it was raining. It runs between Swanage and Corfe. The return trip for myself and my wife was £24.00, which I thought was a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Burt_Thatcherher
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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162 reviews 162 reviews
26 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We visited the railway one morning when it was raining. It runs between Swanage and Corfe. The return trip for myself and my wife was £24.00, which I thought was a bit expensive. The journey was very charismatic

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Good the way you can stop off en route and then get back on next train.Not that comfortable seating, but good atmosphere.

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Southampton
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Although the steam train runs between Swanage and Norden and return we joined the train at Corfe Castle on the journey down to Swanage. The station staff were friendly and helpful and it was like going back in time standing on an old fashioned station. Lovely views over the Dorset countryside especially from the Pullman Observation car. There was an... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The only train we've been on that only costs an extra £1 each to upgrade to 1 St class !! A really nice trip out to Corfe castle on the train , good for couples or family 🚂

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suffolk
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We travelled with friends from swanage to Corfe Castle and as we got on a later train back, the conductor said we were free to take the train up to nordon to watch the train decouple and come back again, which we took him up on it. Great views of the castle and my son was lucky enough to get... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We've recently travelled on 4 heritage railways, with Swanage being the closest to us, as well as by far the heaviest publicised. We expected great things. Let me put this in perspective. When I was growing up, around the age of 14, I volunteered on the Swanage Railway for a couple of years and loved it. It was friendly, it... More 

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely relaxing journey on a fantastic old steam train/engine through beautiful countryside. What could be better?

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We took the train from Swanage to Corfe and then back again. The children were intrigued by the steam train and loved getting on it. What I loved was the service I received from the staff. The ticket office couldn't have been more helpful and explained all our options - trying to get us the best deal for our needs... More 

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Brighton
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Lovely old fashioned steam railway with gorgeous views over the Dorset countryside. Stay on until the last stop and you'll be rewarded with fabulous views of Corfe Castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We parked at Norden and caught the train down to Swanage. Lovely to ride on a steam train with beautiful countryside along the way.

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