Places to go visit The Kent and East Sussex Railway…
For a brilliant place to go visit The Kent and East Sussex Railway, they have everything you need for a memorable journey.
We started our journey at Tenterden Town station. From here you can take the ten and a half mile trip through to Bodiam Station, going through Rolvenden, Wittersham Road and Northiam Stations.
For great value use the Day Rover Ticket, this allows you to hop on and off the trains and visit any of the stations all day.
At Tenterden Town you can take in all that the station has to offer and explore its delight. Visit Colonel Stephens Railway Museum and learn about the man who built and ran the Kent and East Sussex Railway.
The Museum entry is £1.50 adult and 50p for a child.
Tenterden has refreshment rooms which offer breakfasts, lunches, drinks and other light snacks. You can sit in or outside and there’s a play area for children, as well as picnic areas. The facilities are clean and maintained well.
You can pre-book to have a meal on the train offering cream teas, ploughman’s lunches, tea or coffee with a pastry, picnic hampers and children’s party boxes. For more information on these follow the link below.
At Rolvenden Station you can take a look in the viewing gallery, where you can see the loco yard.
The train will then take you through Wittersham Road Station and on to Northiam and here you can get off and visit the Mill Toy and Pedal Car Museum. This is where you can have a look at a wonderful collection of pedal powered toys dating back as far as Victorian times.
The Museum entry is £5.00 adult, £4.00 senior and £3.00 child. As a railway visitor you are offered £1.00 per person off of these standard entry prices. For more information about The Mill please follow the link below.
You then continue your journey on to Bodiam Station and here you can visit and explore Bodiam Castle. The Castle is full of history and will take you back in time to all its historic events. Again as a railway visitor and with your train ticket you can gain entrance to the castle at discount price.
We took a picnic for the day and sat on the grass outside the castle surrounded by its natural beauty, there’s also picnic areas provided, or you can buy refreshments from the Wharf Tea Room.
Once your ready you can board the last train back to Tenterden Town Station and sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the countryside.
The car park at Tenterden is free, but if you start your journey from Bodiam it is £2 for all day parking.
The prices for a Day Rover Ticket are as follows:
Adult £15.00 Standard Class or Travel in First Class for £1.00 single journey upgrade.
Child 3-15 years £10.00 or first class for 50p upgrade.
Senior £14.00 or first class for 50p upgrade.
Family 2 adults and up to 3 children or 1 adult and up to 4 children £42.00 or first class for £3.00 upgrade.
The railway holds many events throughout the year especially at half terms, summer holidays and Christmas.
Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends also visit, this is one of the many events not to be missed.
The Kent and East Sussex Railway is truly a wonderful day out for all the family with plenty to see and do.
It will take you back in time and give you an insight into how the railway was run many years ago,with its beautifully restored trains and coaches, to how it is today.
For more information on all of the above, about events and to take advantage of offers follow the links below: