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Swanage Railway

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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!
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47 Station Road, Swanage BH19 1AD, England
+44 1929 425800
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After last years trip on the Christmas Belle we decided we must do it again this year. We were certainly not disappointed by the return visit. It really is such a great way to start the Christmas break. If you have never been then make...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Paul H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A festive treat to remember. A meet and greet at the station before you are led to the Bulleid waiting carriage for a glass off Mulled Wine. Priofrity boarding before the rest of the Santa Special begins to board. Then the red carpet treatment begins....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My fiancé and I enjoyed a wonderful trip on the Christmas Belle with our 4 month old baby. The food was delicious, there was plenty of champagne and the Pullman Car was fabulous. Special mention for the staff who were so friendly and helpful. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank StewartLSmith
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Joined this one hour train trip yesterday, most of the train was a Santa special, but one carriage was for adults Champagne and canapés. This turned out to be a very enjoyable hour. They were very generous with the champagne and the canapés were delicious....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank looneyjuney
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a lovely time on the Swanage railway yesterday in the Pullman car- Christmas Belle Pullman car. Mulled wine or soft drinks/cofee available while we waited. The staff were attentive and welcoming, there was plenty of champagne (soft drinks available) and tasty canapes. A...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Extraordinary629752
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend this trip. The staff all had great senses of humour, couldn't do enough to make us feel special and their knowledge of this beautiful old Pullman car bought its history alive and what a history. Of course the free flowing champagne as we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank klhigg
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Disappointed- meal was mediocre sadly. Staff were very good but unfortunately food on this occasion was very poor. We got no free drink or Xmas gift as on other trains. And a very expensive experience. We enjoyed it as were with friends but wouldn’t recommend...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tinty2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been to Corfe Castle station a couple of times to see the railway but today is the first time we have been to Swanage and travelled on the train. Booked the Santa Express which was very good. Father Christmas and all his helpers were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank paulsR8909MH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just been for an amazing trip on the Christmas Belle in the luxurious Pullman Observation Car. What a lovely experience, attentive, professional and knowledgeable staff, champagne and canapés flowing freely and even a Christmas present and a visit from Father Christmas. A nostalgic steam train...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MichelleP4517
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently had a family day out on Swanage Steam Railway for Sunday Lunch. Booking was fairly seamless via the internet & for what we got a very good price. The trains & railway is mostly run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers & what a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Lorraine J
12 August 2018|
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Response from David R | Property representative |
It is a short walk of approximatey 200 meters some of which is up a medium gradient. Drop the person off by the "cob building" park the car in the car park (150 meters approx) and then rejoin them fir the 200 meter walk to... More
Katre A
2 June 2018|
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Response from David R | Property representative |
The journey from Swanage to Corfe Castle is 22 minutes approx. each way. Corfe Castle (the Castle itself ) is a National Trust owned property see their website for details.There is an admission charge though entry is free to... More
17 May 2018|
Response from David R | Property representative |
Yes your Mum can stay on the train for the entire round trip. There is no need to get off at Norden (the Northern Terminus). Regards David