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Wareham Long-Stay Parking

Spend a day in Wareham at a riverside restaurant, taking a boat trip, or walking the Saxon walls that surround this historic town.

There are various pubs, restaurants and cafés to choose from, as well as a range of handy shops, including supermarkets, household & pet supplies and specialist shops like that angling centre.

Bonnet’s Lane – Postcode: BH20 4NN

Park for 30-minutes (50p) to up to 10 hours (£6) or more at this large parking area behind the main shopping streets.

Car park in Wareham along Bonnet's Lane
Bonnet’s Lane car park

It’s close to Boots, The Salt Pig, Wareham Town Museum and general amenities.

Parking location number: 7710 (Same reference no. for West & Eat)

Streche Road – Postcode: BH20 4PB

Park here for the Wareham Walls walk, town shopping and The Rex cinema.

Cars parked by the Wareham Walls at Streche Road car park
Streche Road car park in Wareham

This large car park also accommodates coaches and lorries.

Location reference: 7714

Connegar Lane – Postcode: BH20 4NQ

Located close to Lady St Mary church & cemetery and The Priory Hotel.

JustPark location no: 7711

Wareham Train Station – Postcode: BH20 4BG

Car parked at Wareham Station
Temporary (20 minute) parking bays are available for drop-off & pick-up

Park for the day at a cost of £2 at weekends and £3.10 during the week, and head out to explore a new part of Dorset by train (South Western Railway Line).

Discounts are applied for purchasing multiple-day or week-long tickets.

Park for Wareham Station using the RingGo app with location number: 77556

Free on-street parking

There’s also parking on the main streets of town in Wareham, where you can park for free for up to an hour.

Most car parks in town are also free after 6pm.

Click here for short-stay parking in Wareham.

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Wareham Short-Stay Parking

Use one of Wareham’s short-stay car parks to do a bit of shopping, meet friends for a coffee or drink, or visit one of the town’s galleries.

There’s a range of café’s, shops and amenities in the Saxon walled town, with lots of hidden gems, such as Purbeck Artisan Yard – a collective of local arts and crafts makers.

Rempstone Centre (behind Sainsbury’s) – Postcode: BH20 4NX

Park for up to two hours at this centrally-located town car park, situated just off Church Street.

JustPark location reference: 7713

Co-Op  – Postcode: BH20 4AB

Find this small shoppers’ car park by turning off the main North Street onto Cow Lane and left again into St Michael’s Road.

There’s a handy back-entrance into the Co-Op store direct from this car park

Free parking in Wareham

You can park for an hour on the main streets of town free-of-charge.

It’s also free-of-charge to park in most car parks after 6pm.

Long-Stay parking in Wareham is also available.

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Tyneham for Worbarrow Bay Parking

Closest postcode: BH20 5QN

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten track beach with a bit of history attached to it, head to Tyneham village car park.

It’s about a mile’s walk to the pebble and sand shore from the car park at the famous ‘ghost village’.

Facilities here are limited, but there are public toilets near the car park (at Tyneham Farm).

Swimming here is not generally suitable for children or novices as the beach can shelve steeply.

Note that coaches are strictly unable to access the road either to Tyneham or Worbarrow Bay.

Car Parks

Durdle Door Car Park

Parking postcode – BH20 5PU

The car park for Durdle Door is situated at Durdle Door Holiday Park.

It’s a pleasant downhill walk to the beach here and to the adjacent Man O’ War Bay (note that both are not suitable for swimming or climbing).

Alternatively, park at Lulworth Cove for a picturesque but mildly challenging walk up a hill and along the coast path down to Durdle Door.

This popular walk has fantastic scenery and will work up an appetite for lunch back in West Lulworth.

Car parking for Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove costs £5 for four hours or £10 for the day.

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Lulworth Cove Car Park

Postcode: BH20 5RQ

Perfect for a paddle or for a picnic on a pretty, white stony shore, the beach here is surrounded by stunning views and coastal walks packed with intriguing Jurassic Coast geology.

The cove itself is a five-minute stroll from the car park situated in the village of West Lulworth.

There’s loads of facilities on hand – ice cream parlours, gift shops, fish & chip restaurants, as well a visitor centre and toilet complex.

Parking can be exceptionally busy here at peak times so check travel updates in advance and arrive early.

Car parking for Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door is £5 for four hours or £10 for the day.

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Shell Bay Car Park

Postcode for parking – BH19 3BA

If you’re staying in Swanage and you want to make a day trip to Sandbanks, you can park here at Shell Bay and take the ferry over to the Sandbanks side as a foot passenger.

Or simply park for a walk or sunbathe on the vast sands of Studland’s Shell Bay and views across Poole Harbour.

There’s also a lovely seafood bistro opposite the car park here.

Park for free as a National Trust member.

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Seafront Parking

Postcode for Shore Road parking – BH19 1LB

Park right by the shore for an easy stroll along the prom or for a quick swim.

There’s plenty of parking along the length of Shore Road, although it’s worth noting that it is partially pedestrianised in the summer.

You can park on Shore Road from £4.30 for an hour. Charges apply 24 hours a day, however from 6pm (till 8am) there is a single charge of £4.

JustPark location no: 7683

Partially-pedestrianised section

The section closest to town (from The Mowlem up to Banjo Pier/the junction with Victoria Avenue) is closed to cars during the peak summer season (May – September inclusive) for the benefit of pedestrians using the ice cream shops, entertainment facilities and beach huts here.

It also allows event-organisers to utilise this prime position in Swanage – from special summer markets to festival events, such as Swanage Carnival’s street art competition and wheelbarrow race.

Car Parks Short-Stay

Co-Op Car Park

Co-Op postcode – BH19 1HP

Park for up to two hours in peak season at the centrally-located Co-Op or by the hour during low season.

This car park is great for a couple of hours’ shopping or bite to eat in town, catching an evening show at The Mowlem or checking out Swanage’s heritage railway station.

Parking prices

  • Low season price – 60p per hour; free
  • High season – One hour: £1.20 and £2.10 for two hours
  • Park for free – From 7pm – 8am throughout the year

JustPark location no: 5952

If you pay by card or cash you can use your refund voucher to get your car parking payment back in-store, however this doesn’t apply if you use the pay-by-phone app.

Car Parks Long-Stay

Main Beach Car Park

Postcode: BH19 1AP

Park here for an easy day at the beach – just walk straight up Victoria Avenue and you’ll reach the sea within five minutes.

You’ll also pass by the town as you stroll down, so you can make a quick detour to the shops to stock up on beach supplies and picnic food.

It’s also a handy place to park for King George’s playground, Swanage Golf Games and the Friday Market.

Parking charges

Park by the hour, for the day, for three days or for a whole week:

  • Hourly – Park from £1.50 for an hour, or £1.80 in high season
  • Daily – A day ticket costs £8 and is also valid at Broad Road Car Park
  • Three-day or weekly tickets – You can get a three-day or weekly car parking ticket at Main Beach, which is handy if you’re staying at a nearby B&Bs that may not have its own parking

JustPark park location number: 5951

Main Beach Car Park also has coach and campervan parking, as well as electric vehicle charging points.

Car Parks Long-Stay

North Beach Car Park

Postcode: BH19 1NL

Located at the northern end of town, North Beach Car Park is handy for the middle and northern end of Swanage beach, walking in the Purbeck Hills and visiting the hotels or pubs at this end of town for a meal.

It’s a bit further away from the town’s main shopping area and entertainment, but there’s a waterfront bar and public toilets, as well as kayak-hire with Ocean Bay on the strand in the warmer months.


Parking information and prices

  • Park for the day at North Beach from just £1.50
  • A day-ticket here is just £6

JustPark location ID – 5954

Car Parks Long-Stay

Broad Road Car Park

Parking postcode – BH19 2BB

This large long-stay car park is convenient for various pubs and restaurants including la Trattoria and The Ship Inn, as well as for exploring Swanage Pier or a quick scamper on the town’s year-round dog-friendly beach.

It’s also the nearest car park to the town’s amphitheatre located in Prince Albert Gardens, which holds  performances and plays host to various festivals throughout the year.

You’ll find Broad Road car park by following High Street to the southern end of town.

Turn right up the hill by Gee Whites and East Bar onto Seymer Road and the car park at Broad Road will be on your left.

Parking prices

  • Hourly – Park from £1.50 for an hour to just over £6 for four hours, or up to £7.20 for six hours. If you’re arriving in the evening it’s just £1 from 6pm for the duration of your parking (until 8am the following day)
  • Daily – A daily car parking ticket (£8) is also available and can also be used at Main Beach Car Park
  • Three/seven-day tickets – You can pay for a three-day or weekly car parking ticket at Broad Road, which is handy if you’re staying at one of the local B&Bs that may not have dedicated parking, or if you’re staying in a neighbouring Purbeck village, but want the ease of being able to come and go to Swanage as you please. This pay-by-phone only parking ticket is valid in all long-stay Swanage car parks.

JustPark location – 5950

Parking prices vary slightly according to whether it is high or low season – visit the town council’s parking large for full information:

Car Parks Short-Stay

Mermond Place (Recreation Ground)

Postcode – BH19 1DQ

Mermond Place/Recreation Ground is a handy short-stay car park for popping to the shops or for a quick play at the park, a game of crazy golf, or meeting friends for a coffee.

It’s also a short stroll to the beach from here and the closest car park for Budgens supermarket, Boots and the Salt Pig.

(Note that there is a height restriction of 7ft 6in at this car park).

Parking hours & prices

Park from one to two hours.

Charges apply from 8am – 7pm. (No overnight camping or sleeping allowed).

  • High season (April – October) – £1.20 for an hour, or £2.10 for two hours
  • Low season (November – March) – 60p per hour

JustPark location number – 5953

Car Parks Long-Stay

Purbeck Park

Purbeck Park – for Swanage Railway

Postcode for SatNav: BH20 5DW

If you’re coming via Wareham/the A351, simply turn into the large parking area at the Norden roundabout (just before Corfe Castle) and from there you can hop on a heritage steam or diesel train into Corfe itself, or continue on to Harman’s Cross and Swanage.

You can also pick up the Number 40 bus to Swanage here, hire a bike, or head out into the countryside along walking trails.

Purbeck Park is also the best place to park for visiting the Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum.

There’s also a small children’s play area and refreshments kiosk here.

Car park opening times and charges

JustPark location no: 7712

The car park is open daily from 7am – 7pm, and charges apply from 8am – 6pm.

Tickets are £4 for the day for cars and £7 for motorhomes.

Train tickets can be booked direct on the Swanage Railway website.

Car Parks Long-Stay

Motorhome Parking

Both Main Beach and North Beach car parks accommodate campervan and motorhome parking.

Note that if your vehicle takes up two spaces you’ll need to pay double.

Parking for motorhomes and camper vans in Swanage
Dedicated campervan parking at Main Beach Car Park

All car parks in Swanage do not allow overnight parking, camping or sleeping, but there are a number of excellent caravan sites and tourist parks in the area to stop for the night.

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Residents’ Parking

You can apply for a residents’ parking permit for the Horsecliffe Lane parking area (behind Chadwick Park and Mermond Place car park) if you live in Swanage or other Purbeck villages and environs.

Horsecliffe Lane is reserved for residents only, however a residents’ permit also allows you to park for two hours at Main Beach and Mermond Place (Recreation Ground) car parks.

The maximum number of hours’ stay still applies.

  • Seasonal cost – Residents’ parking is free in low season (November – March inclusive), with a small charge during high season
  • Price of permit – You simply need to pay a one-off admin fee of £5 to Swanage Town Council, and submit a copy of your council tax bill and vehicle registration document

To apply for a parking permit visit Swanage Town Council’s website:

Parking details for Horsecliffe Lane

  • Postcode: BH19 1DQ
  • Parking app reference number: 5955
Car Parks Studland Bay Parking

Middle Beach Car Park

Park here for one of Studland’s smaller beaches and for Fore/Adventure’s watersports activities.

Middle Beach has a small outdoor café and interesting WWII historical relics.

As with all Studland Bay car parks, if you’re a National Trust member you can park for free.

Postcode for parking – BH19 3AX

Trains Transport Travel

Wareham Train Station

Wareham Station is on the South Western Railway London Waterloo to Weymouth line and is the closest mainline station to Swanage.

Less than a mile from Wareham town centre (Swanage nearest town), it’s well connected to Purbeck and other parts of Dorset.

Not only is it a great way for visitors to access the Isle of Purbeck, Wareham Station is a key way for residents to commute to and visit the conurbation of Poole & Bournemouth to the east, and Dorchester and Weymouth to the west.

Trains typically run twice an hour each way – from Weymouth to London Waterloo, and from Waterloo to Weymouth.

  • Journey time from London Waterloo to Wareham: 2 hours, 13 mins – 2h 22m (check National Rail Enquiries or the South Western Railway website to book tickets and for live updates and possible changes/disruptions to services:

Onward travel to Corfe Castle & Swanage

Purbeck Breeze number 40 bus at the Sandford Roundabout, Wareham
The No. 40 arriving at Wareham Station bus stop (platform 1 side)

By bus

The MoreBus Number 40 stops at Wareham Station, so you can pick up the bus right from the train on toward Corfe Castle and Swanage.

This is an hourly bus service (check with the bus company for timetables so you can coordinate your arrival on the train with the bus departure time:

  • Journey time from Wareham to Swanage via bus: Around 40 minutes

By taxi

Various local taxi companies also work out of Wareham Station, enabling you to get to your destination with ease.

There may be taxis already waiting at the taxi rank for you to pick up but it’s always worth phoning ahead to book to ensure your journey goes smoothly.

  • Journey time from Wareham to Swanage via car/taxi: Around 25 minutes

Find local taxi companies here.

Purchasing tickets for your journey

You can buy your tickets in advance online or visit the ticket office at Wareham Station, which is located at ground level and accessible both from the car parking area or from platform 2.

There are ticket machines on platform 2 to either purchase tickets or collect pre-bought tickets. You’ll need your booking reference number and the card used to pay for the tickets.

Ticket office opening hours

  • Monday – Friday – 6.10am – 6.30pm
  • Saturday – 7.15am – 1.50pm
  • Sunday – 10am – 2pm

Buy tickets online via websites such as National Rail and Trainline, or directly through South Western Railway. All have the option to add railcards, such as the Family & Friends railcard, the 16-17 saver, 16-25, 26-30, senior, veterans and disabled railcards, which all typically give you 1/3 off your ticket price. Find out more information on the National Rail website:

Station facilities

People waiting for a train on Platform 2 at Wareham
Platform 2 viewed from Platform 1

You’ll find public toilets and an enclosed waiting room on platform 2.

There is no refreshments kiosk at Wareham Station but there are various small shops, cafés and supermarkets in Wareham itself.

Wifi is available, and there are public telephones.

Bike racks are available at the station. There is also a handy bicycle repair, sales and advice shop – Cycleworks – right next door to Wareham ticket office.

Parking at the station

Car parked at Wareham Station
Temporary (20 minute) parking bays are available for drop-off & pick-up

There’s a good-sized car park (69 spaces) on the Platform 2 side of the station.

You can purchase a car parking ticket in the station ticket office, from a machine outside, or via the RingGo parking app (location number 77556). Alternatively call to pay to park on 01256 802804.

Purchase either a day, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual ticket.

  • Weekday day ticket: £3.10/day
  • Weekend day ticket: £2/ day
  • Weekly ticket: £14.10

Accessibility information

Pedestrian crossing at Wareham Station
Foot, cycle and wheelchair accessible controlled crossing

The guard on the train is available to offer assistance to board and alight the train. Assistance can be booked in advance but is not necessary – simply make yourself known to the guard and they will gladly help you out.

There is a ramp available for wheelchair access to the train.

Ticket machines and toilets at the station are accessible.

To access the opposite platform there is a stepped footbridge, however there is also level access via a controlled pedestrian level crossing. The foot and cycle crossing is manned and has locking automatic gates.

Location & contact details

Wareham Station is easy to find and is located just off the main A351 from Poole to Swanage, and equally accessible from the Bere Road direction.

  • 📍 Wareham Station postcode: Northport, BH20 4AS
  • 📞 Customer services phone number: 0800 5282100
Google map showing the location of Wareham Station in relation to Swanage, Poole & Bournemouth
Wareham Train. Station’s location (Google Maps)

You might be interested in…Wareham Station’s history

Wareham Train Station was once part of the branch line to Swanage, which closed in 1972.

After much campaigning, local residents and historic railway enthusiasts managed to get the line partially rebuilt and restored. The Swanage Railway now runs as a popular heritage line and is one of Swanage and Purbeck’s main attractions, running steam and diesel locomotives throughout the year, along with various events and festivals.

A limited number of special services run on the Swanage Railway line all the way to Wareham for special events. It is hoped that this will become a more regular and permanent feature of the railway in future.

Read more about the railway, its stations, history and ongoing projects here.

Train stations Trains Travel

Swanage Railway Station

Swanage Railway Station is one of the town’s most-loved landmarks. Located close to the town centre and beach, it’s the start of a memorable journey through the picturesque landscape of the Isle of Purbeck.

Cars Travel

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

There are three main public locations in Swanage where you can recharge your electric vehicle, with some further charging stations nearby.

Cars Petrol stations Travel

Petrol Stations

There’s one main filling station within Swanage itself (on Victoria Avenue) as well as a few more nearby for you to fuel up before you head out on your day’s adventure.

Train stations Trains Travel

Harman’s Cross Railway Station

Harman’s Cross Station is one of the stops along the heritage Swanage Railway line, that runs through the Purbeck countryside to and from Swanage and Norden, via Corfe Castle.

Ferries Travel


Explore Swanage from coast to coast by hopping on one of the ferries that dock here, or take a short cruise somewhere new from Swanage Pier.

Attractions Travel

Swanage Railway

Take a trip through time on the Isle of Purbeck’s heritage railway.

Routes Travel

Poole to Swanage

You can get to Swanage from Poole by road and by sea for a quick and convenient way to spend the day at the beach.

Routes Travel

Bournemouth to Swanage

There are two main ways to get from Bournemouth to Swanage – via the Sandbanks Ferry, or inland via the A351.

Train stations Travel

Norden Railway Station

Norden is the first – or last, depending which direction you’re coming from – stop on the Swanage Railway.


Wareham to Swanage

The ten-mile journey from Wareham to Swanage can be taken by car or bus – or partially by steam train.

Attractions Museums Things to do Train stations Travel

Corfe Castle Railway Station

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

Car Parks

Knoll Beach Car Park

The most famous and popular of Studland Bay’s beaches has a large car park for exploring everything Knoll Beach has to offer.

Car Parks

South Beach car park

With its safe, shallow water and slightly more rugged feel, South Beach is a natural haven away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.


Purbeck Breezer

There are two main Purbeck Breezer bus routes serving Swanage – from Poole and from Bournemouth.

Attractions Ferries Transport Travel

Sandbanks Ferry

Your holiday starts here if you arrive via the Sandbanks Ferry, with that holiday feeling kicking in once your car rolls onto the chain ferry and you step out to admire the stunning views as you cross Poole Harbour.