Kent & East Sussex Railway

Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

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Escape the everyday with a trip on the Kent & East Sussex Railway and enjoy a unique view of the beautiful Rother Valley 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 the High Weald National Landscape (formerly an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) 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. 

The railway is in fact a unique and special nature corridor which supports a wealth of biodiversity, including key habitats for many endangered bird species including the Turtle Dove, Nightingale and Cuckoo, and rare bumblebees such as the Ruderal.

With up to five trains each day (April – October) there is plenty of fun to be had whatever time you arrive and whatever the weather. You’ll also 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. Our excellent service is frequently mentioned on TripAdvisor.

Special deals and amazing events happen throughout the year, so there’s always something new and different to experience - from the popular 1940s weekend to Fish & Chip supper trains and of course, the famous Santa Specials. And 2024 promises to be particularly special because it’s our 50th anniversary - 50 years since the railway reopened to passengers as a heritage line - so we are celebrating in style with more events than ever. Just keep checking the website for the latest news and offers.

Before boarding your train at Tenterden Station, you can 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. If you prebook you can receive on train-catering. For that 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, as well the model railway room and gift shop. Meanwhile 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. 
 

Book online to save on ticket prices at www.kesr.org.uk 
 

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Susie_Stevie
      Horsham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      A very enjoyable day.
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 26th May 2024
      We went to the 1940s weekend and had a great time. So many people were dressed in period costume with lots of stalls and entertainment at Tenterden and Bodiam. It was a really fantastic atmosphere... Read full review
    • Angela G
      Meopham, United Kingdom
      Relaxing day
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 29th May 2024
      Another wonderful day at the Tenterden railway. Took yummy lunch, from their restaurant,on the train. Staff were very welcoming and friendly Read full review
    • John H
      Father’s Day 3 course lunch
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th June 2024
      Fantastic Father’s Day silver service 3 course Sunday Roast. 16th June on board the fabulous Pullman car Barbara. The food was absolutely fantastic & the service second to none. Steaming slowly... 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 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

    Events

    Wednesday, 17th April 2024 - Wednesday, 11th September 2024

    Fish and Chips Evening SpecialsHave your supper on board a heritage locomotive travelling through the picturesque Rother Valley
    more info

    Saturday, 29th June 2024 - Sunday, 30th June 2024

    steampunk railway posterSteam PunkCome join the fun and splendid madness at the K&ESR Steampunk Weekend!
    more info

    Sunday, 11th August 2024 - Sunday, 11th August 2024

    vintage green double decker buses.Bus Rally 2024Vintage buses descend upon Tenterden at the Kent & East Sussex Railway.
    more info

    Saturday, 12th October 2024 - Sunday, 13th October 2024

    photograph of a vintage Austin car.Austin Counties Car RallyClassic cars at the Kent & East Sussex Railway.
    more info

    Awards

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

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