Kent and East Sussex Railway
Tenterden Town Station
Kent TN30 6HE
The popular Kent & East Sussex (K&ESR) Heritage Railway in south-east England runs between Tenterden Town and Bodiam. The 10½ mile (16.8 km) line travels through typical Wealden countryside past half-timbered Yeoman’s cottages, across the marshes and along the wide River Rother valley before arriving at Bodiam with its medieval moated castle.
There are several beautifully restored stations along the way and opportunities to see a crayfish farm, maybe glimpse wild boar in the woodlands or swans feeding on the marshlands, and Romney sheep grazing beside the line on the way to Bodiam. The route passes through Rolvenden, Wittersham Road and Northiam.
A one way trip on the line takes approximately 50 minutes while the return trip of 1¾ hours includes a 20 minute turn around at the terminus. There are up to five services a day hauled by steam or vintage diesel engines.
The K&ESR offers all day hop-on, hop-off Rover fares allowing unlimited travel along the full length of the railway. Visitors can stop off to explore at any station - to visit Bodiam Castle for example, or to look over the loco yard at Rolvenden.
The railway is professionally run with excellent facilities. A great day out can be experienced visiting this delightful and interesting railway.
Plan Your Visit
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Fares & Timetables
For up to date information got to K&ESR website (below).
Ramped access is available to railway carriages.
- Tenterden Town Station Access
Disabled parking next to the platform; disabled toilets; and wheelchair access to shop, refreshment rooms, and Colonel Stephens Railway Museum
- Northiam Town Station Access
Disabled parking next to the platform; disabled toilets
- Bodiam Town Station
The K&ESR has a number of unique ways of providing visitors with refreshment ranging from pre-ordered picnic hampers to sit down cooked lunches in the Refreshment Room at Tenterden Town Station. Refreshments can also be pre-ordered for service onboard some train services while enjoying your trip.
Visit the K&ESR website (below) for all the options.
Souvenir and Gift Shop; Children’s Playground; and the Colonel Stephens Railway Museum at Tenterden.
Rolvenden Loco Depot has a viewing platform where maintenance and restoration of the engines can be observed.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1580 765 155
+44 (0)1580 762 943 24hr talking timetable
Kent & East Sussex Railway External Link
- By Car
Free parking for passengers is available at Tenterden ( 260 spaces) and at Northiam.
Note: There is no parking at Bodiam Station, however, passengers may find parking at the National Trust’s Bodiam Castle for around £2 per day. NT Members can park free. Go to Web: National Trust Bodiam Castle External Link
The Castle is approximately a 5-minute walk from the Station.
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