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Spa Valley Railway

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Address: West Station Nevill Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5QY, England
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+44 1892 537715

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A Reminiscent Day Out

Excellent day for steam train lovers, combined with an excellent restaurant car serving snacks and also local beers.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 12, 2016
Southwold, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family outing to this lovely railway on a pre Christmas Santa Special. Great location, friendly helpful staff, the train was beautifully decorated, the afternoon tea was a delight, beautifully presented in wicker baskets, endless cups of great tea to drink. Wonderful train with steam and diesel engines. Fantastic afternoon out on a lovely restored nostalgic railway, Fully Recommend and will... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a family we enjoy events on well run preserved railways. Unfortunately the Spa Valley Railway where we went for a Mince Pie Special on 27th December turned out a great disappointment. It was a cold day, the carriages were sitting in the platform, a steam locomotive - named Ugly appropriately for our experience! - was ready but nobody had... More 

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Paul M, Trip Advisor respondent at Spa Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear 6026, Thank you for coming to visit us, and for your feedback. Whilst it is always disheartening to see the efforts of a voluntary operation disparaged, you have some valid points which I hope I can address: The root of the problem on the day of your visit was two-fold. Firstly, to accommodate the demand for seats on our... More 

Hailsham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Today we attended a 'Santa Special' at the Railway and, as always, had a lovely afternoon. The station at Eridge was very busy when we arrived but there were lots of staff on hand to point us in the right direction. A lovely countryside journey while being visited by Santa, a balloon modeller, a snack trolley and then a face... More 

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Southwold, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

Excellent day for steam train lovers, combined with an excellent restaurant car serving snacks and also local beers.

Thank David2010
Biggin Hill, England, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

Took grandchildren who thoroughly enjoyed it. Staff very friendly and helpful. Presents good quality. Efficient service.

Thank Malcolmhh50
Tenterden, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

My husband and I took our son for his pre birthday treat and apart from the terrible drivers and road closed en route which was hugely stressful, the actual experience was good. Our boy LOVES steam trains so was very excited and he got a sneak peek of Santa as he gave out a gift for each child, then he... More 

Thank Sam B
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016

I booked a ride on the Santa express for my 3 grandchildren .On arrival at Eridge station it was all decorated with holly and ivy the steam train was decked out in tinsel it looked splended .There was a gentleman roasting chestnuts too .you could also purchase hot sausag rolls and hot chocolate. We had booked a carriage compartment,my grandchildren... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

There was no train until 1 1/2 hours later than scheduled consequently when the fish and chips were served they were stone cold this is the second time I,'ve been as I was given vouchers from the railway after the first time was a disaster as well won,t be complaining as I don,t want vouchers again as I could,nt suffer... More 

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Paul M, Trip Advisor respondent at Spa Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Carole, I'm so sorry - this was so far short of the standards we set ourselves, and we let you and ourselves down very badly. I can only offer our profuse apologies. If we choose to offer a commercial product like we do, we have to maintain a level of service and quality, and this we have singularly failed... More 

Gravesend, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

We booked the visit of the paw patrol characters marshal and chase .the trip consisted of a train from tunbrige wells west station to eridge where we all met the 2 characters .the trip itself was really nice as we all had seats , but the return trip was a nightmare as more people wanted to return than arrive .we... More 

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

Great night on the Murder Mystery Train , from Old Tunbridge West Station towards Eridge . We should have had the Steam Engine but this broke down early in the day . As they say the show must go on . Well Treated to a great show by 3 very talented actors , set during the last war in Truro.... More 

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