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SWR Corfe Castle

Published at 8:31am 25th May 2019.

Following last year’s success in reconnecting Corfe Castle to the rail network for the first time in 46 years South Western Railway (SWR) and Swanage Railway (SR) are once again providing will be running again this summer.

Over 4,000 tickets were snapped up for the trial service in 2018.

The first services connecting London and Weymouth to the village start today (25th May) and will run throughout the summer. 

Providing almost 600 seats a day between Wareham and Corfe Castle, it will then link up with steam railway services to Swanage.

South Western Railway will be operating direct train services every Saturday during the summer from Salisbury, Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne, Yeovil, Maiden Newton, Weymouth, Dorchester, Moreton and Wool and Wareham to Corfe Castle.

Chris Loder, from SWR said: "We're delighted to be running the direct summer service again to Corfe Castle. We hope this will encourage visitors from across the UK to visit beautiful Corfe Castle and Swanage."
Councillor Bill Trite, chairman of the Purbeck Community Rail Partnership, added: "We look forward to the start of this service, which proved so popular last year. The trains brought much additional trade to the Swanage Railway, Corfe Castle and to Swanage itself. Many passengers also bought the add-on "Swanage by steam" fares between Corfe Castle and Swanage and their feedback was very favourable."

Fares:

  • Direct trains with £10 day return fares to Corfe Castle from Weymouth and £7 return fares from Dorchester, Moreton and Wool
  • Special £7 day return fares to Corfe Castle from Christchurch, Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Parkstone and Poole with one simple change at Wareham
  • £12 day return from Yeovil and £14 day return from Salisbury, Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe and Sherborne.
  • Railcard discounts apply to all Corfe Castle fares and up to 2 children go free with each adult*

* Sample fares to Corfe Castle (return per adult):

From:
Wareham £5 (Family of 2 Adults & 2 Children £10)
Weymouth £10 (Family of 2 Adults & 2 Children £20)
Yeovil £12 (Family of 2 Adults & 2 Children £24)
Salisbury £14 (Family of 2 Adults & 2 Children £28)

To book tickets or for more information visit a station ticket office, or book online

Trains depart Wareham at 11.17, 13.12 and 15.12 returning from Corfe Castle at 12.10, 14.45, and 15.45.

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