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“Family day out !!!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
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Owner description: City should read New Romney, Kent not Littlestone
Hassocks, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Family day out !!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Not my usual day out but my boys wanted to give it a go and its was a lovely chilled day, the train is a lot smaller then usual but has a lot of history and well worth a visit !!!, we caught the train at its starting point which is Hythe, Kent, and took a return journey to Dungeness, it took a while but was lovely, you can get off at various points along the way,there are places to eat which are very reasonable, there is a lot to see and do, this is a really must especially with younger children !!!

Visited February 2016
Thank Andy N
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Rockingham, Australia
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“Brings out the inner child”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

My uncle arranged a visit to this lovely railway - which surprisingly my husband had never ridden on even though we grew up in near by Deal. It was a cold day and apparently there was a visiting loco "Katie" that was causing a lot of men in anoraks to turn out (we spotted them in the most remote locations). It was a wonderful outing, firstly trying to see my elderly aunt and uncle get into the carriage and then the joy on our faces hearing the clickety clack and seeing the smoke billow past the windows. Four little kids in aged bodies having a whale of a time. Only problem was the door didn't shut properly on the journey to New Romney and we had an arctic blast over us all the way (Yup we all went down with colds soon after). First port of call the café as we were freezing. Much to my disappointment when we went to order our food they had run out of pasties and only had 3 steak and kidney pies left. So only thing I could have hot was a plate of chips. We had caught the 10.30 am train and waited for the men to look at the train lay-out upstairs before ordering lunch. This did put a dampener on my part but over all it was a wonderful day out and to see that all of us were having such fun made it a great memory. Listening to the toot toot as we approached a crossing and Oohs and arghs as we went in a small tunnel..............Priceless !

Visited November 2016
1 Thank Jennifer P
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“A train journey full of memories. Nice.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We visited the railway for its end of season parade and it was thoroughly enjoyable although perhaps I am a little biased. We had relatives who once lived in a cottage in Dungeness and the train would pass by the front garden on a regular basis much to the sheer excitement and enjoyment of our children when they were all young. Ironically we never really travelled on the train in those days preferring instead to watch it pass by and wave to the passengers.
I can see why some reviewers might feel short changed by the lack of coastal views and the back gardens instead but to me that is part of the charm of this railway. It is not luxury comfort by any means but we got some of the carriage areas virtually to ourselves on the day and it was brilliant participating in the parallel train run on the Sunday. All attending staff were friendly, helpful and didn't stop us from getting on the train ages before it departed like some jobs worths have done at other railway galas we have been to in the past. It all seemed fairly laid back and relaxed.
I probably won't be back for many more years as the children are older now and my other half only really wanted to be there for the last weekend and take a look at the old place but we had a nice time and a break from going to work every day on a far more crowded choice of transport (the London Underground) and the weather was decent and we ate well, so all in all that is what makes a good break really.

Visited November 2016
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Essex, United Kingdom
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“Mr w”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Very pleased with this light railway brings a lot of fun for the whole. There is steam and diesel locomotive. Would recommend to anyone.

Visited October 2016
1 Thank Darren W
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Ancaster, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Kents Mainline in Miniature”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

the RH&DR located in Kent has been in existence since the 1920's and runs for 13.5 miles from Hythe to Dungeness, it houses a variety of miniature mainline locomotives all designed by Henry Greenly between the 20's and 30's and are all based on full size steam engines both from the UK and Canada. it welcomes dogs and is a great day out for small children, it is quite a novel experience to travel in such a small train, there are different things to see and do at each station and catering facilities as we'll as souvenir shops are provided at Hythe, New Romney and Dungeness. the railways hub is at new Romney where there is free parking, shop, cafe, playground, model exhibition, locomotive sheds, and carriage sheds, if you ask the signalman he may even let you have a peak in his box. i have visited many times and it may appear expensive at first but when you consider the distance and the cost of keeping it all going its worth it. i also received a footplate ride for my birthday which was great experience and offered a new perspective of the railway, the staff are very friendly and was a lovely day out.

Visited October 2016
Thank robertwarriner1998
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