Spa Valley RailwayTunbridge Wells
Kent
TN2 5QY
 
 
 
If you are looking for a different day out from London, then a visit to The Spa Valley Railway (SVR) in south-east England could be for you.  There is the added bonus of a wonderful day out shopping, exploring and dining in the Georgian and Victorian splendour of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
 
Quick & Easy Day Out from London
This forward looking Heritage Railway has entered into an agreement with Britain's Network Rail and Southern railways linking their 3.5 mile (5.6 km) restored railway at Eridge Station to the genteel spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The journey from London Bridge station (in the heart of London) to Eridge Station (East Sussex) takes only 55 minutes by fast comfortable electric train.
 
On arrival at Eridge Station interchange visitors board the Spa Valley Railway service.  The train may be hauled by a steam engine or a vintage diesel.  It may even be a three car Oxted Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU)  A check of SVRs timetable will indicate what services are running.
 
The SVR trip takes approximately 15 minutes and takes the visitor to SVR Tunbridge Wells West station, calling at Groombridge and High Rocks on the way.  Tunbridge Wells West is  only 3 minutes walk from the town centre and the famous Pantiles.
 
Tip
There is a direct connection with the National Rail at Eridge Station. So easy. A Direct Rail Connection between London Bridge station and Eridge Station (SVR).
 
The Line
The line runs through delightful countryside carpeted with wildflowers.  From May the trackside is covered with drifts of bluebells and wood anemones.  Starting at Tunbridge Wells West station the train runs beside the River Groom to its first stop at High Rocks.  The station is located in the garden of the historic High Rocks Inn and Restaurant.  Passengers can alight to explore the High Rocks geological formation or spend a more leisurely time at the Inn, enjoying a quiet drink and watching the trains go by.
 
The next station on the line is Groombridge.  A new station building has facilities and toilets.
 
Passengers alighting at Groombridge can visit the small village or the award winning (External Link) Web: Groombridge Place Gardens  (External Link) and Enchanted Forest, set in the grounds of a 17th Century manor house. A joint ticket between the railway and Groombridge Place is available.
 
The headquarters of the SVR at Tunbridge Wells West terminus is located in the former LBSCR 75F engine shed. The shed houses the shop and ticket office, as well as the society's growing collection of locomotives and rolling stock. Refreshments are served in the buffet car outside the shed adjacent to the platform. The railway's workshops are also located there with all the restoration work being carried out in the shed.
 
All the SVRs locomotives and rolling stock can be viewed on their website.
 
Plan Your Visit 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Tripadvisor here:    External Link
 
Events
This innovative little railway runs a number of events ranging from Fish & Chip & Real Ale lunch specials to Thomas the Tank Engine visits.
 
To book Tel: +44 (0)1892 537 715. Check the official SVR website for details of all events.
 
Fares
For up to date details click on  Web:  SVR/ Fares    External Link
 
Disabled Access
For information go to  Web:  SVR/ Disabled Access    External Link
 
Contact Details
Telephone  +44 (0)1892 537 715
Website  Spa Valley Railway    External Link
 
Getting There
- By Fast Electric Train from London
With its easy connection to National Rail at Eridge Station, we recommend visitors use the hourly fast electric train service from London Bridge to the new SPA Valley station at Eridge.
 
Alternatively, take the frequent Southern railways service from London Charing Cross station to Tunbridge Wells Mainline railway station, about one mile from the Spa Valley Railway station. Taxi’s are available at the mainline station.
 
Detailed directions are on the SVR website at  Web:  SVR/ How to Find Us, Car Parking & by Bus    External Link
 
For National Rail timetable, fares and tickets, go to  Web: National Rail Enquiries    External Link
 
- By Car & Bus
Full details on the 'SVR How to Find Us link' above
 
Google Maps - Spa Valley Railway - Tunbridge Wells West Station
 
Google Maps - Spa Valley Railway - Eridge Station