Purbeck Line
Andrew P.M. Wright
Purbeck Line - Swanage Railway
Wareham - Swanage
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Plan your trip

Take the train from London Waterloo to Wareham. Trains are regular and take approximately 2 hours 25 minutes. Look up times.

Steam trains are an everyday sight – with one locomotive being over 100 years old.  Stream trains operate most weekends and daily between March and October. 

Explore the idyllic stone-roofed and thatched village of Corfe Castle dominated by the impressive ruins of Corfe Castle – dating from the 11th Century and largely demolished by Parliamentary forces in 1645 during the English Civil War.   

The ancient ruins of Corfe Castle overlook Corfe Castle station which has been restored as a Southern 1950s country station.

Norden station – adjacent Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum celebrating the history of narrow gauge railways in the Isle of Purbeck which supported the clay industry until the 1960s. 

Swanage station – popular Victorian seaside resort with a safe sandy beach a few minutes walk from the station. Restored pier with boat trips along the Jurassic Coast and to Poole.

Wareham is served by South West Trains every 30 minutes and is the recommended way to travel as car parking is limited at Wareham station.

Swanage is particularly well served by small hotels and bed & breakfasts. Places to stay are also available in Wareham and Corfe Castle.

In the summer several campsites also operate close the line.

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