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:

    • pleasantKent
      Kent, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Nostalgic, relaxing trip to Bodiam.
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 30th August 2022
      Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and subsequent 50 minute train ride to Bodiam Castle. Really nice, friendly people who are happy to chat and encourage younger people to get interested in the past. It... Read full review
    • juliestearnj
      Always fun to go on a steam locomotive !
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 1st September 2022
      This was part of a church outing to Bodiam Castle. We had a slight delay enroute when our coach was held up in traffic but the train was held for us which was very kind of the staff. It was enjoyable... Read full review
    • Ken J
      Birmingham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Everyone is so welcoming
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 7th September 2022
      Whether you go as a family with young children or as a railway enthusiast like me you'll get a warm welcome from everyone you meet. Worthwhile checking their on line timetable to see what is running... 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)


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

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