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Kent & East Sussex Railway

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Kent & East Sussex Railway
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  • Average4%
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“bodiam castle”(139 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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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Tenterden Town Station Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE, England
+44 1580 765155
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 October 2012

It doesn't matter how far you have to travel, a visit to this steam railway is an absolute must. The rolling stock and stations are a credit to the staff. I would recommend allowing plenty of time for your visit; you can then alight at...More

7  Thank SpookyTree
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 12 December 2011

I recently took our 1 year on the Christmas railway experience. We paid £16.50 per ticket. Its supposed to be a magical experience where the elves help Santa hand out presents, Santa meets all the children and gives the opportunity to have pictures taken with...More

39  Thank Andy11200
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have always wanted a proper meal on a train & the Wealden Pullman ticked all the boxes with their Sunday roast lunch. A treat for my 60th birthday, thank you.

Thank BridgetSarah
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I travelled on the Kent and East Sussex Railway at the weekend after being persuaded to try it by friends. On Saturday evening (27th October) we travelled on the Wealdon Pullman up to Bodiam Station from 7.30pm-11.15pm. It was a very cold...More

1  Thank Sharon R
André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review Sharon R. We're sorry that some aspects of the visit did not meet with your expectations. We will always do our best to correct any perceived shortcomings if they are brought to our attention at the time. We're rather confused...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed this trip. On the way back in diesel you can sit at the front and see the drivers view. Nice tea room.

Thank Sean C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Train station was closed, although online was opened, no staff to ask for events or where we can see Thomas or another train, museum closed. Two old people really lovely selling charity cards, made our day, he looks like Santa 😁.More

Thank Gabriela C
André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Gabriela. I’m sorry that you misread our website and visited when we were closed - we were operating our popular ‘Fright Night’ Halloween train on Friday evening but, as shown, there were no train services, museum or Gift Shop open during...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Travelled to bodiam from tenderten on the diesel train which was great, had lunch then travelled back on the steam train. Was an amazing experience! Lovely gift packs for the children to do and they enjoyed the quiz in the museum.. great family day out!...More

Thank danielle_dwyer2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travelled by steam to Bodium Castle, then returned by diesel. Enjoyable ride, and lovely views across the countryside. Families were also travelling on the Halloween Special, waste of money, promised thrills on the ride, they received a small pack of stickers and one or two...More

2  Thank littlegracie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was given this for a birthday 'treat' and it was a superb day spent driving, firing (the engine not the people), guarding and listening. No question seemed to silly and some where there ay be a photo of the driver and myself with heads...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Thank lukemitchell88
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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

1  Thank 155richard81
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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 Splitscreen48 | Property representative |
Hi, The entrance to Bodiam Castle is about 300m from Bodiam Station - allow 5 -10 minutes.
28 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