Whether or not you’re taking a trip on a Swanage Railway steam train, Corfe Castle station itself is well worth a visit, for its vintage charm and picture-postcard photo opportunities.

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Once almost demolished, the original 1885 station building has now been restored to its former glory and is a timeless feature of both Corfe Castle village and Swanage Railway.

Arriving into Corfe by steam train is also the way to travel in style from Swanage or from the park-and-ride at Norden for a day out exploring Corfe Castle itself, and guaranteed to make your visit truly historic.

Step back in time at Corfe Castle station

Station Master’s office

Meet the volunteers dressed in traditional station staff outfits and see inside the 1950s Station Master’s office and lounge area.

A porter can show you around and introduce you the station’s historic features, as well as give you handy travel information.

Ladies’ waiting area

The fully restored Ladies’ waiting room evokes a time gone by and is complete with period paraphernalia throughout.

Corfe Castle station museum – Saving the historic Swanage Railway

The Swanage Railway line has a huge team of dedicated volunteers who worked for thirty years to save and rebuild the branch after it faced closure in the 1970s – which you can learn all about at the exhibition housed here at Corfe Castle station’s Goods Shed.

British Railways sign on gate at Corfe Castle station

Exhibition

Explore original Swanage Railway memorabilia including photographs and railway signage.

There is also a vintage uniform display, complete with personal belongings of past station and railway staff.

Cinema Coach

Sit in a vintage flap-down seat and let the archive films transport you back in time.

Book Wagon

Check out the book and magazine section and take a souvenir home with you.

Museum opening times

If the trains are running – the museum is open.

Normal opening hours are 10am – 4.30pm daily.

Volunteering

Swanage Railway relies on volunteers to keep on the right track. If your visit has inspired you to get involved, the friendly team are always looking for new recruits (you don’t need any experience and any training can be given).

Corfe Castle railway station donation box

Get in touch with the volunteering team by emailing: iwanttovolunteer@swanagerailway.co.uk or calling 01929 475212.

You can also help out specifically at the Corfe Castle railway station museum: corfe.museum@swanagerailway.co.uk

Railway station webcam

The webcam at Corfe Castle station gives a clear image of the platform and live-streams footage of steam locomotives coming and going.

You can take a look here: https://maybach.railcam.co.uk/Corfe_14435/embed.html

Screenshot Corfe Castle station webcam train

How to get to Corfe Castle Railway Station

For your SatNav: BH20 5EJ

You’ll find Corfe Castle station down Station Road, which is situated between Corfe Castle Village Stores and The Bankes Arms pub.

The village shop is a great place to stop before your journey to stock up on picnic essentials – as is the Village Bakery and sweet shop.

Screenshot Google Maps showing position of Corfe Castle Station in village