Kent & East Sussex Railway

Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

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Kent & East Sussex Railway

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From 22 May will be three socially distanced seating steam hauled departures every day that the line is open, leaving Tenterden at 10.40, 13.15 and 15.35, for the two-hour round trip to Bodiam. If the restrictions continue to be eased, additional services will be introduced from June and passengers will once again be able to break their journey to enjoy visitor attractions in East Sussex.

For the safety of visitors, social distancing restrictions remain in place for reopening. Tickets are being sold online for family groups and exclusive private compartments. Online prices are £36 for a table for two £49 for a table for up to 4 travelling together and a private compartment for 8 is £85. Bookings can be made via the railway’s website kesr.org.uk/reopening

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As the Kent and East Sussex Railway (KESR) celebrates its 60th anniversary, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the history and heritage of the railway, which was lovingly preserved for the benefit of future generations, in 1961. New for this year, there will be a series of on-board activities, which highlight the diverse wildlife which can be seen from the train. As a non-pedestrian corridor through the Weald and Rother valley, there is an enormous variety of mammals, butterflies, water birds, birds of prey and much more for passengers to spot from the comfort of their carriages and a chance to learn more about the unique natural habitat of the railway.

For families visiting a free activity sheet is available for all children and a selection of lunch options can be preordered to collect and enjoy during the 50 minute journey from Tenterden to Bodiam. Free parking is available for customers at Tenterden Town Station.

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Everyone can enjoy a fun step back in time at Tenterden’s Steam Railway.  Why not take a journey behind one of the railway’s delightful steam or diesel engines and travel through ten and a half miles of idyllic countryside from Tenterden to Bodiam.  The railway is in close proximity by road to a number of excellent attractions including famous gardens, historic houses and vineyards.

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:   Tea or Coffee with a fresh Pastry £4.00 Cream Tea:  £6.95  Ploughman’s Lunch: £7.95 (dessert for an additional £3.50)

Visit www.kesr.org.uk to find out more and book online. 

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Recent Reviews:

  • KK48
    Gillingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Not up to the usual standards
    2 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 9th October 2021
    After many previous visits and always excellent this visit was the first we have been truly disappointed with. In July 21 with COVID conditions running on a compartment for group of up to 8 we paid... Read full review
  • lobster64
    Kent, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Chuffed
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 11th October 2021
    Situated close to Tenterden High Street there is ample parking . Also the number 2 bus runs from Ashford International Station to Tenterden High Street. A £20 rover ticket will take you to Bodiam... Read full review
  • DobbinDave
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Beautiful dining experience
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 11th October 2021
    My wife and I booked the evening Pullman dining experience. It was such a lovely evening. The food was beautiful, the vegetables grown were grown in the railways gardens and the soup and deserts were... 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.

Facilities

Accessibility

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

Catering

  • 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 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

Events

Saturday, 23rd October 2021 - Sunday, 31st October 2021

a photograph of steam train with clouds of steam as it passes the countryside.Autumn WondersCalling all nature detectives! Embark on a journey of discovery this half term.
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Saturday, 4th December 2021 - Friday, 24th December 2021

Santa Specials at the Kent & East Sussex RailwayMeet Santa this Christmas at the Kent & East Sussex Railway!
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Awards

  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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