Kent & East Sussex Railway

Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

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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


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)

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Dead_Sheep
      Stourbridge, United Kingdom
      Things are so much better
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 6th May 2022
      This railway has come on leaps and bounds over the past ten years. The trains are in better shape with and there is less junk along the lineside. The journey has not changed though, it still... Read full review
    • railway_chap
      Glossop, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      One of my favourite railways
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 7th May 2022
      They don’t come much better than this. Great views from the train, stations are well kept and it has its own unique atmosphere as one of the best known of the Colonel Stephens’ lines. The Cavell van... Read full review
    • PaulButt57
      West Byfleet, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Super railway experience.
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 11th May 2022
      Wonderful steam train experience was had by all of us, the people looking after the trains and especially the guards were helpful and polite. The views are lovely and peaceful from Tenterden to... 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 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)


    Wednesday, 1st June 2022 - Wednesday, 1st June 2022

    Wednesday, 29th June 2022 - Wednesday, 29th June 2022

    Wednesday, 13th July 2022 - Wednesday, 13th July 2022

    Wednesday, 10th August 2022 - Wednesday, 10th August 2022

    Wednesday, 24th August 2022 - Wednesday, 24th August 2022

    Wednesday, 7th September 2022 - Wednesday, 7th September 2022

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