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Purbeck Mining Museum


The Purbeck Mining Museum is dedicated to the history and heritage of Purbeck Ball Clay mining and its industrial narrow gauge railways.

Visit us to find out more about the history of clay mining in Purbeck and learn about the experience of miners and their families.

On Swanage Railway special event days, Purbeck Mining Museum narrow gauge railway runs demonstrations of clay transportation using historic engines and clay skips.

Opening times:

Easter to end September.

Tues, Weds, Thurs, Sat and Sun.

11:00 - 16:00.

Admission charges:

Admission is free but we suggest a donation of £2 per adult.


Museum facilities

Dogs on lead welcome.

Picnic area overlooking Norden Station, Swanage Railway.

Gift shop   
Gardens/Grounds Yes
Toilets for Wheelchair Users   
Guided Tours   
Audio Tours   
Wheelchair Accessability 

We’re committed to making the Purbeck Mining Museum as accessible as we can for everyone. At present, access is not possible to some parts of the site for wheelchair users or pushchairs and buggies. We’ll always try to find a solution to ensure that this doesn’t impact on your enjoyment.

Induction Loop   
Facilities for the Blind / Visually Impaired   
Group Visits  
School Visits  
Outreach activities  



Purbeck Park Nr Corfe Castle Wareham Dorset

BH20 5DW

01929 481461