Groups

Swanage Railway is an ideal destination for your next group visit and our friendly team can easily accommodate pre-booked groups of any size up to arround 120 persons on our full size trains. We can transport your party back in time during a memorable 6 mile journey through the beautiful Purbeck countryside.

Most of our trains are hauled by steam engines and link together a range of stations offering a wide variety of options to suit all ages and tastes. Our friendly staff, with extensive local knowledge, are always on hand. Why not call us on 01929 425800 for assistance and ideas prior to making your booking. Alternatively contact the Visitors Services Team at Swanage Information Centre: [email protected] or telephone 01929 766018, mentioning the Swanage Railway. 

Swanage Railway is easily accessible from the main A351 Wareham-Swanage road, with brown tourism signs directing you Purbeck Park and our adjacent  station at Norden. This provides ample coach and car parking with adjoining modern toilets and children’s play area.

Coach drivers may wish to seek refreshments at our platform cafe here or having dropped off your guests, progress empty to Swanage where there is coach drop off/pick up point adjacent to our railway station and nearby long-stay parking. Coach drivers are provided with vouchers for free travel and free Tea/Coffee.

For pre-booked parties of 15 people or more we offer special group travel discounts and will reserve adjacent seats on the train.  This ensures hassle-free travel as all your party can sit together and enjoying the nostalga of bygone travel. At Norden we have an extensive ball clay mining museum which your party may browse while waiting for the train.  This is included free as part of your visit (check opening dates/times). Once settled in the specially reserved seats, your train passes through iconic Corfe Castle Station, It is located in the heart of this much photographed village, which offers the National Trust owned castle and tea rooms with other attractions including a model village, souvenir shops and local catering outlets.

Groups can travel to the unspoilt Victorian seaside town of Swanage which offers a Blue Flag winning beach, access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Jurassic Coast”, safe bathing waters and delightfull promenade. While at the station parties can pick up a memento of their visit or a treat for loved ones in our extensive Gift Shop. Swanage station cafe and picnic area at the station is directly adjacent to the Coach Pick Up Point in Gilbert Road. This makes an ideal collection and waiting point as your guests prepare for the return journey by coach or train.

School Parties are welcomed, and further details are available from the contact details below. Teachers planning plan a visit to the railway are advised to apply in writing for a pair of FREE travel tickets (valid on non-special event days) to help them plan the visit and undertake risk assessments. Other Group Organisers can take advantage of a FREE ticket to come and visit the railway to help plan a group visit.

Groups greater than 120 may wish to hire their very own steam or diesel hauled train chartered especially for them. These may even be operated on days when we are not open to the general public. Contact us for more details using the detials below

Our helpful Reservations Teamare from the local are and very knowledgeable. They are reading and waiting to discuss your options to ensure your planned visit goes smoothly.

CONTACT DETAILS

Reservations Team: 01929 425800 or Email: [email protected]