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Spa Valley Railway

West Station, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5QY, England
01892 537715
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Type: Scenic Railroads
Traveler Description: The Spa Valley Railway is a 100% volunteer run heritage railway operating preserved Steam and Heritage Diesel trains over 5 miles of line from Eridge... more »
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English first
London, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We have done this trip twice before but it's a good way to get to  Groombridge Place/Village for the gardens and forest which we have also been too before.  As with many heritage lines, it's ran by volunteers, so all the engines, stations and tracks have been restored and maintained for the love of running this line.  We had a bit... More

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A really friendly steam railway which seems to be the best kept secret in Tunbridge Wells recommended for kids of all ages and they seem to have many child friendly attractions on offer Mike The Knight Pepper Pig Fireman Sam and Thomas the Tank Engine, have even seem that they do a Santa train

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A good trip out with my 2 year old. A good length journey and nice step back in time. Very enjoyable round trip.

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Top Contributor
255 reviews 255 reviews
79 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I (steam buff not an anorak) managed to get the wife (Hooray) to accompany me to the Spa Valley whilst we were travelling in Sussex/Kent on a Thursday as I wanted to visit whilst they were using steam but unfortunately the engine had a problem so they had to use diesel.The journey (Tunbridge Wells West-Groombridge) was rather short and nothing... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

A small railway well worth visiting but I doubt I will be going back when there are better railways in the South East. To be honest there isn't much to see but that didn't matter to my grandson who loves steam engines. That said he was a bit disappointed that steam trains only ran one way and the return journey... More

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We enjoyed a tasty fish and chip lunch, followed by an ice cream, whilst on a train ride from Tunbridge Wells to Groombridge. Sadly the train was diesel as the steam engine had mechanical problems that day but we still enjoyed our trip. The staff were all polite and very friendly. This was a credit to them as the day... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Spa Valley Railway is filled with enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. I found that the old steam railway had been maintained spectacularly and that the staff, beyond anything, were always keep to help wherever they could. The service on the steam trains is remarkable, and the renovation of the engines themselves show the sheer dedication of the volunteers. Their specials are... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We loved the per hired carriage, with bar!!! It was fun and exciting! The views from the track to our destination were stunning.

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Bushland Beach
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Spa Valley Railway should be declared a infectious " Disease " but one with no nasty side affects. We had the good fortune to visit recently when the Railway was hosting a " Back to the 40's " day Complete with period costumes and Rail Fans dressed in uniform with Military Police roaming through the Trains at will checking your... More

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
28 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Having visited the station at Groombridge, we found a peaceful haven. For people who have not looked into this railway must understand that it is a very small concern, run by people who spend many hours trying to keep it running. It does not have great funding like other preservation railways but they try. Those of you who think it's... More

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