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Kent & East Sussex Railway

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Kent & East Sussex Railway
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“bodiam castle”(136 reviews)
“trolley service”(12 reviews)
The K&ESR opened in 1900 as England’s first ‘light railway’, serving the rural communities of East Sussex and Kent. Closing to passengers in 1954, the line was saved and reopened by a charitable organisation in 1974. It now operates steam hauled and...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Tenterden Town Station Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE, England
+44 1580 765155
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had an amazing day, my wife booked the half day train driving experience. This was a lifelong ambition! The volunteers made the day extra special with their enthusiasm and knowledge. We got to drive the train, be the fireman, the guard, points man etc. We...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Quite an expensive day out, and the lead-carriage in one direction (best place to hear the ‘chuff-chuff’, and see the smoke) costs a further unadvertised supplement (windows locked for safety). Mostly-volunteer staff make the whole thing a very friendly occasion though, and the money is...More

Thank TWSteve
André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks TWSteve, glad you enjoyed your time with us. Our family TravelCards offer great value on all day unlimited travel and they also provide a discount on admission to the National Trust Castle at Bodiam! Some of our trains do have First Class accommodation for...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

This steam train is run by a group of enthusiasts who give up their spare time for the public. The trip takes you from Tenterden station to Bodiam and back. You can get off the train and visit Bodiam Castle which is a short walk...More

Thank 155richard81
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What better way to go shopping in Tenterden than by steam train. Steam there and diesel back to Northiam. Always exciting to hear the noise of steam and diesel gives good all round views of the lovely countryside. The guys work so hard to keep...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great day out hauld by a steam locomotive if you buy a rover ticket you can ride up and down all day.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely experience but shop and cafe not manned upon our coach arrival at about coffee time mid morning. Meals and service on board train were excellent. Jean Jones

Thank Peter J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely family outing, took the steam train to get to Bodium castle, we decided to treat ourselves and travel first class which was great fun travelling in the "comfy seats". The ticket officer was really friendly and told us lots of other bits...More

Thank island-explorer101
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well maintained trains and station. Excellent cafe and museum with very helpful guides. The train runs for about 50 minutes from Tenterden to Bodiam through some lovely Kent and Sussex countryside. At Bodiam you can get off and visit the castle before travelling back to...More

Thank TMG26
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got on at Newenden. Two Adults and Two dogs 🐕! Bit pricey but nice. The man in the ticket office at the time was a bit officious and a jobsworth relating to our journey! Got off at Tenterden which is nice for a a bite...More

Thank 82meadway
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The steam railway is not that long and well worth going on, and another pound off for being N/T members so tell them it if you read this It is not fast so the time is good as you ride the train There is a...More

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2 October 2018|
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Response from FIFINorfolk | Reviewed this property |
Would be best either to telephone them or look online
18 September 2018|
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Response from André F | Property representative |
Hi, The entrance to Bodiam Castle is about 300m from Bodiam Station - allow 5 -10 minutes.
27 August 2018|
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Response from Stephen S | Reviewed this property |
not sure about the concession tickets but it might be worth checking out which carriage types are running, you might find the layout of some more convenient than others, have a great day, I'm sure he'll love it