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“Great day out!”

Kent & East Sussex Railway
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Tenterden
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 diesel observation trains on a 10.5 mile line from Bodiam Castle in East Sussex to the historic market town of Tenterden in west Kent.
Reviewed May 7, 2013

took my mother out on a trip on the steam train ride for her 81st Birthday.we drove to Tenterden parked the car FREE in the station car park and brought a rover ticket which meant we could get off at any stop and return when we liked. ticket price was £15.00 per adult. well worth it! the trip takes you across the kent&sussex countryside from Tenterden to Bodiam where if you want you can get off and visit the castle. we chose to stay on the train and return but many stop here and visit and return on the next journey. well worth the money,it may sound pricey but remember that this is run by volunteers.brought back lovely memmories of the old steam times for my mum!

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Friendly helpful people running a great little railway for young and old. There was a great atmosphere of nostalgia among many of the etravellers and

1  Thank angusangel
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

tenterden kent is a small market town situated on the A 28 road from ashford consists mainly of antique shops and coffee shops there is a Tesco and waitrose along with M&co and some small private retailers who cater for the shooting and fishing brigades and few up market clothes shops as tenterden has a very large eldery contingent, take the small road down by the vine inn and you will come to the kent and east sussex railway which run regular steam trains from tenterden town station to bodiam in east sussex where you will find bodiam castle which is well worth a visit there is also a leisure centre if you visit tenterden in the next 10-12 weeks be prepared for some traffic congestion at peak times as they are renewing the gas main

Thank nigel1946
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

An absolute heaven for all steam fans, and a great little buffet with some great food. One of the best steam rides in the country.

1  Thank Lewis B
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

This steam railway is a volunteer-run attraction for a group of train buffs. Considering the volunteer status it is a very well run attraction and made a great day out for my children and nephews. Makes a good day out for young and old alike. The kids are given old fashioned tickets as souvenirs and there is a good shop with toys and post cards.The steam trains (there are also 1960s diesel trains) stop to fill up with water which is fun to get out and watch.

If you want to spend a day out starting from Tenterden you can take the train to Bodiam, visit the castle and then take a return train to Tenterden. Equally a return "round trip" is good fun and takes a couple of hours.

The restaurant is adequate but only just bearable. There is a small playground at Tenterden too.

Thank Duncan P
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