Kent & East Sussex Railway

Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

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Kent & East Sussex Railway


Escape the everyday with a trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway and enjoy a unique view of the beautiful Wealden countryside from the old-world comfort and charm of a heritage steam or diesel train. Step back in time as you climb aboard to experience a magical 10.5-mile journey from Tenterden to historic Bodiam Castle through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) that’s reputed to be the finest example of a medieval landscape in NW Europe - all the while keeping watch for the wonderful wildlife to be spotted along the route. 

You’ll be assured of the warmest of welcomes from our friendly volunteer staff who always do their absolute best to ensure passengers have a wonderful day out. In fact, we’re proud to say that the K&ESR chief stationmaster was a finalist in the 2023 VisitEngland Tourism Superstar Awards and our excellent service is frequently mentioned on TripAdvisor.

With up to five trains travelling each day from April to October you won’t miss out on the fun whatever time you arrive or whatever the weather. Special deals and amazing events happen throughout the year, including: the popular 1940s weekend, Teddy Bears picnics, Fish & Chip supper trains, Real Ale & Cider trains and, of course, the famous Santa Specials. There’s always something new and different to experience both on the trains and at the station: just keep checking the website for the latest news and offers. 

Before boarding your train, why not enjoy some delicious food in our Art Deco Tea Room, along with a variety of hot and cold drinks. You can also pick up a munch bag for the kids so they don’t get hungry on the journey. Or if you prebook you can receive on train-catering. And for a special occasion, why not make a booking to dine in style aboard the Wealden Pullman and enjoy a delicious Saturday evening dinner or traditional Sunday lunch served by livered Pullman attendants.

Do leave time to visit the fascinating Colonel Stephens Museum at Tenterden station which tells the story of the K&ESR as the country’s first - and original - light railway, the model railway room and gift shop, all at Tenterden. At Bodiam station, you can see the historic Cavell Van which was used to take the remains of the Unknown Warrior to London in 1920 and there is the opportunity to head to the nearby castle or explore the local countryside on a nature walk, guides for which can be downloaded from the website.

So, why not make a date to ride back in time to a quieter, calmer world and help preserve one of the country’s most beautiful heritage experiences. 

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Tracey w
      Kent, United Kingdom
      The Fantastic Santa Special Train…
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 10th December 2023
      We had the pleasure of experiencing the Kent & East Sussex Railway’s Santa Special, and boy was it fabulous not only for the kids but also great fun for the adults! Checking in was with ease, great... Read full review
    • 644kerryd
      Kent, United Kingdom
      Don’t Bother
      3 of 5 stars
      Monday, 11th December 2023
      Don’t bother!! Spent £325 for 1st class carriage. Yes there was a goodie bag. The magician only did one trick& was there all of 5 mins! Santa was about 35 years old & the visit lasted all of 3... Read full review
    • Scratcher1
      Enfield, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Santa train 2023
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 24th December 2023
      Lack of Christmas music throughout the journey and no commentary ( 8 year old spent entire journey colouring her poster). Staff and helpers were all very friendly and approachable Food was very nice... 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 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)


    • Regional and Miscellaneous -Beautiful South Tourism Awards - Bronze Beautiful South Tourism Awards - Bronze 2024

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