The grand seaside terminus of the line, Swanage station boasts a newly restored long canopy and has all the charm of a seaside holiday of days gone by.
As the train pulls into the station you can see the old luggage and platform trolleys, once common all over the country. Our well stocked Gift Shop is open every day we are running and offers a wide range of souvenirs, gifts, toys and local products to suit all tastes and budgets. There are also books and DVD’s about the branch and railways in Dorset.
You might have worked up a thirst or hunger and we have a Buffet coach cafeteria located at the end of the platform ready to serve a wide range of snacks, lunches, the famous Dorset cream teas and delicious locally produced ice cream, cakes and preserves. You can sit in our expertly restored coach or outside in the extensive picnic area and take in the sunshine while watching the trains and locomotives busy themselves.
The station is in the centre of the town, with the main high street running from the station down to the beach with lots of small independent shops offering something for all tastes as well as beach equipment if you have forgotten your bucket and spade!
The picturesque Swanage Bay opens out, this World Heritage Site “Jurassic Coast” has stunning headlands to either end and an award winning sandy “Blue Flag” beach with calm clear waters, enjoyed by bathers for generations. Swanage has retained its Victorian seaside charm, complete with bathing huts, promenade, pier used by paddle steamers and vibrant calendar of local events including the regatta and carnival. You can catch an open top bus from Swanage station to Sandbanks, with more buses to Durlston Country Park, which offers commanding views of the Isle of Wight and Jurassic Coastline, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Our station staff and the Tourist Information Office on the seafront adjacent to the sandy beach has lots of ideas to suit all families, and with lots of local accommodation why not stay a while in Swanage?