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Kent & East Sussex Railway

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Address: Tenterden Town Station Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE, England
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This line has been in existence since the beginning of the 20th century and...

This line has been in existence since the beginning of the 20th century and runs 10.5 miles from Bodiam Castle in East Sussex to Tenterden in West Kent.

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Had a great visit the attractions are very well organised good value .Plenty of opportunity to ride on Thomas at the station.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Swanley, United Kingdom
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Swanley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great visit the attractions are very well organised good value .Plenty of opportunity to ride on Thomas at the station.

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André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review micks83. Glad you enjoyed your time with us & hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the Kent and East Sussex railway this weekend and it was good. The Thomas the tank engine event was on and it was busy. I liked the trains and the performance from the staff and a good quality Thomas engine. The one downside was the infrastructure. The food let it down, not enough space for people to sit.... More 

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Thank Peter D
André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review of our 'Day Out with Thomas' event Peter D. Obviously we cannot predict the weather, but we do try to ensure that, by providing large heated marquees for activities, we mitigate the vagaries of the English climate. All Day Out with Thomas events are subject to licence agreements with the copyright holder and the inclusive... More 

Birchington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see Thomas the tank and his friends yesterday with 3 under 6 years and one 11... each of them enjoyed the day. Loved seeing Thomas even if they all jumped when he was saying hello 😀. Nice that bouncy castle and ride is under cover as weather was not great. Lovely time had by all.

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André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review Tina - we'll have a word with Thomas about that whistling...! More 

Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our annual New Year outing with our local coach company included a return steam-hauled journey on this delightful preserved railway between Tenterden and Bodiam. Although the weather was rather wet it didn't affect our enjoyment of this journey 'down memory lane'. Our package included a ploughman's lunch and drinks served at table by two hard-working, delightful ladies. The caterers did... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a beautiful train line. A little bit expensive but I understand they need the money to keep reinvesting in the maintenance of the line and trains. It's great to take a gentle ride down to the castle at the end of the line and have a cream tea in the cafe. If you don't want to pay to go... More 

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André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review Scoredo, we're pleased you enjoyed your time with us. When considering the train ticket prices, don't forget that our TravelCard tickets offer unlimited travel for the whole day, include entry to the award winning railway museum at Tenterden and showing them at the National Trust castle gives a discount on admission there. You can also... More 

Tenterden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

I have been on the Tenterden Town railway quite a few times now, and it never fails to evoke a feeling of nostalgia, both from the point of my childhood and the Agatha Christie books I have read. The old railway carriages are wonderful, pulling down the windows and smelling the smoke from the engine. Waving out the windows and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

This is our second visit. This time we went with friends. Outstanding service from the moment you arrive. Dinner service faultless don't know how they cater to such a high standard on a moving and confined space. The service from the volunteers is exceptional and they should all be proud of they do . Highly recommended

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André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - so glad you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to welcome you aboard the Wealden Pullman again soon. More 

London, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

My other half organised this trip with friends over a year ago! It was a fun evening, with good service, a happy trio playing vintage band music and of course our friends for company. We had a 7 course menu which was plentiful.... we had soup, duck salad, champagne sorbet, mains, cheese, desserts and coffee and liqueurs. You certainly won't... More 

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André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review Petisha, glad you enjoyed the evening! More 

Sri lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

I don't often write reviews but our family had such a good day out here that I wanted to share our feedback. This was our first time on the Santa Special, although we had previously visited for the Thomas Day Out (another excellent day). I must admit I was a little unsure that it would be as good over the... More 

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André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this review

Dear Amy Many thanks for your kind review. We're delighted that you all enjoyed your visit to see Santa on our steam trains and hope to welcome you to Tenterden again soon! More 

Rochester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

We brought our then only grandchild a couple of years ago, we were very impressed with the set up, we came back 2016 with four grandchildren and their parents for a family day out, from start to finish we enjoyed the day, the staff are cheerful, the presents good quality, Refreshments on the train are a nice touch, very good... More 

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André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this review

Thanks for your review & we look forward to welcoming you again - you don't have to wait until Christmas, as we've a range of events for children & adults throughout the year! More 

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