Kent & East Sussex Railway
Closed to passengers in 1954, it would take two decades for the Kent and East Sussex Railway to begin operating once more. There are now three standard services in operation alone the Kent and East Sussex Railway—red, gold, and green—all of which include onboard catering and wheelchair access.
Passengers can join the route at any one of the five stations along the line, although most choose to ride from Bodiam to Tenterden or vice versa, taking advantage of a TravelCard ticket to hop on and off along the way. There are also regular festive and family-friendly events, including Santa Special trains.
Things to Know Before You Go
The complete journey takes around an hour.
Buy train tickets online to guarantee access.
With a TravelCard ticket, you can depart at any of the five stations along the route.
Travelers can enter the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum for free with a valid train ticket.
Upgrade on the day to travel in First Class, pending availability.
The Kent and East Sussex Railway is fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The Kent and East Sussex Railway runs from Tenterden to Bodiam. Most travelers find it easiest to arrive to Tenterden by private vehicle, following signs for Ashford and Dover, although there are public transport links. There is pay and display parking available in the village surrounding the station.
When to Get There
There are several trains operating along the Kent and East Sussex Railway route on a near daily basis, especially during peak summer months. However, departure times and services offered vary, so check schedules in advance. Families may wish to visit over the Christmas period when Santa Specials are available.
Explore the Route
While enjoying the train ride through picturesque English countryside and quaint villages, take the time to disembark and explore. Bodiam Castle is just a 5-minute walk from the Bodiam Station, while Tenterden is a quintessential Kent village filled with Georgian and Victorian buildings. Other villages along the route include Rolvenden and Northiam.
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