PS Waverley Cruises SEPTEMBER 2024

🗓️ Monday 2nd – Wednesday 25th September 2024

The last seagoing paddle steamer in the world

Step aboard the majestic Waverley from Swanage Pier for a memorable day out on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer this September.

  • Waverley in Swanage Bay
  • Passengers aboard Waverley at Swanage Pier
  • Paddle steamer Waverley preparing to leave Swanage Pier
  • Paddle steamer The Waverley passing Swanage's old pier

This famous vessel, built in 1946, is named after Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley novels and has been fully restored over the years and returned to service so that passengers can continue to enjoy the unique experience she offers.

PS Waverley will once again be visiting the Purbeck coastline this year as part of her South Coast & Isle of Wight sailings, with Swanage Pier one of its 50 departure points around the UK.

Carrying up to 860 passengers, Waverley is fully steam-powered and was built to replace the 1899 Clyde steamer Waverley which served as a minesweeper during WWI and was sunk by enemy action at Dunkirk in 1940.

She has carried over 6 million passengers to date.

Take a short cruise around the Jurassic Coast to Lulworth Cove or across the water to the Isle of Wight, or simply admire the historic steamship from Swanage Pier.

On Board

Sailing on Waverley is a great experience for the whole family.

Step aboard – and back in time – as you watch the dramatic Jurassic coastline from the deck, relax in the comfort of the heated period lounges, and enjoy historic quirks such as sending a postcard from the on-board Victorian postbox.

  • Refreshments & Catering – Enjoy a meal in the Dining Saloon on the main deck, a sandwich or snack in the Caledonia Tea Bar on the promenade deck, or relax with a drink in hand at either the period Jeanie Deans Lounge or the Talisman Bar
  • Steam Engine – View the 2100 horsepower, triple expansion reciprocating steam engine in action
  • Souvenir Shop – Purchase a memento of your journey – there’s lots of Waverley souvenirs to choose from, including stationery, books, apparel, postcards, gift vouchers and other memorabilia. Merchandise is also available to buy online from Waverley’s website

Swanage Timetable for 2024

Whether you want to book tickets or simply catch a glimpse from the pier of this striking historic vessel, here are the dates and times she’ll be calling at Swanage:

Monday 2nd September

Swanage to Cruise The Needles’ Lighthouse & Freshwater Bay

  • Depart: 4.15pm
  • Back at: 7pm

Wednesday 4th September

Swanage to Yarmouth or Swanage to Steam Round Isle of Wight

Choose to have time ashore at Yarmouth (approx 4.5 hours), or cruise around the Isle of Wight, viewing famous landmarks.

  • Depart: 10.50am
  • Back at: 6:40pm

Thursday 5th September

Swanage to Cruise Dorset’s Jurassic Coast & Lulworth Cove

Steam along the coastline to view Lulworth Cove.

  • Depart: 1.40pm
  • Back at: 4.40pm

Sunday 8th September

Swanage to Cruise Dorset’s Jurassic Coast viewing Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

View Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door on this steam cruise from Swanage.

  • Depart: 1.25pm
  • Back at: 4.15pm

Wednesday 11th September

Swanage to Ryde or Swanage to Cruise No Man’s Land, Horse Sand Forts & Sandown Bay

Enjoy time ashore in Ryde (approx 2 hrs 20 mins) or cruise across to the Isle of Wight and into the Solent, viewing No Man’s Land and Horse Sand Forts.

  • Depart: 11.20am
  • Back at: 6.40pm

Sunday 15th September

Swanage to Cruise Dorset’s Jurassic Coast viewing Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Weymouth Bay & Portland Bill Lighthouse

  • Depart: 1pm
  • Back at: 5pm

Tuesday 17th September

Swanage to Yarmouth or Swanage to Steam Round Isle of Wight

  • Depart: 10.50am
  • Back at: 6.40pm

Wednesday 18th September

Swanage to Yarmouth or Swanage to Portsmouth

Choose to explore either Yarmouth or Portsmouth Harbour on this cruise.

  • Depart: 10.15am
  • Back at: 6.50pm

Thursday 19th September

Swanage to Cruise Dorset’s Jurassic Coast & Lulworth Cove

  • Depart: 1.40pm
  • Back at: 4.40pm

Sunday 22nd September

Swanage to Cruise Dorset’s Jurassic Coast viewing Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

  • Depart: 1.25pm
  • Back at: 4.15pm

Wednesday 25th September

Swanage to Cruise Dorset’s Jurassic Coast & Lulworth Cove

  • Depart: 1.40pm
  • Back at: 4.40pm

*Information correct as of May 2024

Please ensure you arrive at the ship 10 minutes before your departure time.

Tickets

Book your tickets direct with Waverley online, where you can filter by departure point, destination and date.

  • Children aged 5 – 16 can travel for £1 on certain journeys
  • Children under 5 travel for free
  • Discounts available for senior citizens
  • Some sailings are dog-friendly, at an additional £5

Book tickets via Waverley Excursions: https://waverleyexcursions.co.uk

Contact

Explore the website or get in touch with Waverley Excursions for further information:

  • Email: info@waverleyexcursions.co.uk
  • Phone: 0141 243 2224