Kent & East Sussex Railway

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country's finest example of a rural light railway. The line gently wends its way from Tenterden - 'The Jewel of The Weald' for ten and a half miles, through the unspoilt countryside of the Rother Valley, to terminate in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust castle at Bodiam.

Whether you are interested in heritage, shopping, nature, food and drink, or recreation, there is always something to enjoy when visiting the Kent & East Sussex Railway.
Tenterden and Northiam are situated on the A28 between Ashford and Hastings and both stations have spacious car parks which are free all day for our passengers.
Please note that there is no parking at Bodiam Station so passengers are advised to park and ride from Tenterden or Northiam.
Our all day hop-on, hop-off Rover fares allow unlimited travel along the full 10 ½ miles (16.8 km) of the railway. You can stop off to explore at any station - to visit Bodiam Castle for example, or to look over the loco yard at Rolvenden.
If you plan to make a day of it why not call 01580 765155 to book one of our terrific picnic hampers.
We like our trains to depart on time and our visitors can help by arriving early to purchase tickets. It can help that just one person queues to puchase tickets and other family members make their way to find seats.

Contact Details
Tenterden Town Station
Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE

Telephone: 01580 765155
Fax: 01580 765654
24hr talking timetable: 01580 762943


Catering is available in the Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden. This building was formerly the Maidstone & District Motor Services waiting room at Palace Avenue, Maidstone - built in 1922 as Britain's first bus station. Today you can enjoy anything from an ice cream to a cooked lunch with desert seated inside the quaint 36-seater restaurant or al fresco in the dappled shade beneath surrounding trees. The children's play area is adjacent to the Refreshment Rooms and offers shaded picnic tables.

Souvenir & Gift Shop
You can purchase a selection of items, Special Event tickets (i.e. Santa Specials), Driver Experience Days and become a member of the railway from our online store, which is secured with a Thawte SSL certificate, for your peace of mind. All of these plus many other items can also be purchased from our Souvenir and Gift Shop at Tenterden which is open every day the trains are running.

Colonel Stephens Railway Museum
Colonel Holman Fred Stephens was an English eccentric, a brilliant railway engineer, and the man who built and ran the Kent & East Sussex Railway (and amazingly 16 other light railways!).
His legacy is commemorated in this intriguing award-winning museum next to Tenterden Town Station. Open every afternoon when trains are running.

Dogs are welcome to travel with their owners on normal operating days providing they are well behaved and kept under close control while remaining on a lead. Under no circunstances should they be allowed on the upholstery. The fare for a dog is £1.
In accordance with our conditions of carriage dogs are not permitted to travel during major special events. For example, the annual Gala, Thomas, Santa Specials, Halloween, 1940s.

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015