Kent & East Sussex Railway

Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 1148 reviews1148 reviews
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel+44 01580 765155

Add Kent & East Sussex Railway to your Itinerary

Kent & East Sussex Railway


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


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.


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 to find out more and book online. 

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Please check website for pricing.



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2021
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Average
  • Poor
  • Terrible

Recent Reviews:

  • KK48
    Gillingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    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:
    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:
    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.



  • 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 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)


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.
more info

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!
more info


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

What's Nearby

  1. Set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside, the Rare Breeds Centre offers fun and…

    4.75 miles away
  2. Oxney Organic Estate is the UK’s largest organic vineyard, making award-winning still and…

    4.92 miles away
  3. Affordable, fun family days out. Tranquil river cruises, kayaks, rowing boats, canoes and…

    4.95 miles away
  1. Visit us in Appledore, Kent to explore our vineyards and find out what makes our corner…

    5.12 miles away
  2. Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden of world renown, a centre of education, and a…

    6.42 miles away
  3. Bodiam is one of Britain’s most picturesque castles in the heart of a historic landscape.…

    7.68 miles away
  4. At Epic Life we aim to inspire a sense of adventure in everyone. Spend the day immersed…

    7.87 miles away
  5. Magic, Monsters and Mystery are all here in this unique immerse interactive family…

    8.46 miles away
  6. The East Street Museum was originally a bottling factory but it now houses exhibitions…

    8.47 miles away
  7. Not just a model, but a complete sound and light show that brings the history of Rye…

    8.49 miles away
  8. State-of-the-art 2-screen cinema, café-bar and function venue in renovated Victorian…

    8.5 miles away
  9. Many displays on smuggling, military, police, coastal and maritime history and with…

    8.59 miles away
  10. Sometimes called the "cathedral of East Sussex", the Parish Church of Rye, dedicated to…

    8.62 miles away
  11. Rye Bay E-bikes is a small, family run electric bike company currently based just south…

    9.26 miles away
  12. Brede High Woods is the Trust’s largest ancient woodland, six miles north of Hastings in…

    9.39 miles away
Previous Next
1066 Country of Origin Original by nature
Back to Top

My Planner

Nothing added yet! Explore the site to create your personal itinerary.

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

Don't Miss

  • Accommodation

  • Things to See & Do

  • What's On

  • Food & Drink

Accommodation Search

Check Availability
Arrival Date:
Add Room

Things to Do Search


What's On Search


Food & Drink Search


Shopping Search