Kent & East Sussex Railway

Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

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Kent & East Sussex Railway


With Kent and East Sussex Railway (KESR) there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the history and heritage of the railway. Start your journey by stepping back in time at Tenterden’s station, then journey through the Rother valley to Bodiam, in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding National Beauty. The railway is in close proximity by road to a number of excellent attractions including famous gardens, historic houses and vineyards. 

Special events take place throughout the year, from dining experiences and wildlife watches to Yuletide Specials.

All facilities have been carefully designed with disabled, elderly and less mobile visitors in mind. 
For pre-booked groups coach parking is available at Tenterden Town Station.

On train catering can be booked in advance.

Visit to find out more and book online. 

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    • Q4709BIsallyg
      Trip Type:
      Santa Special
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 3rd December 2022
      With our grandchildren, we had a wonderful day on the Santa Special. Everything was great, from the train itself, Father Christmas, all the volunteers. There were plenty of other things for the... Read full review
    • GeorgiaAC912
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      Santa Special
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 4th December 2022
      Brought 1st Class Santa Special tickets for 2 adults & a 2 year old. Santa was fantastic, train was running late, railway staff are generally a bit fumbly, no hot drink served onboard as... Read full review
    • sianm897
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      Santa oh so special!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 13th December 2022
      We made a visit to the railway on Saturday with our two children aged 2 and a half and 3 weeks along with my sister's family and our mum my nephews are 9 and 3 every single one of us had the most... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    From junction 9 of the M20 take the A28 to Tenterden. Turn right into Station Road in the centre of the town.

    Public Transport Directions

    Bus number 400 from Ashford to Tenterden.



    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


    • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Station refreshment rooms at Tenterden, tearooms at Northiam. Afternoon tea or morning coffee and lunches available on many trains. Wealden Pullman for dinners.
    • Picnic Site

    Establishment Features

    • Dogs Accepted

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Pre-booking necessary to qualify for reduced group admission rates.
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Preferences

    • In countryside

    Specialist Features

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed Towards Children
    • Marketed Towards Families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted

    Opening Times

    Open Christmas
    Open New Year
    Kent & East Sussex Railway (22 May 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)


    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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