The Kent & East Sussex Railway, a registered charity and one of Kent’s top tourist attractions, was the first light railway opened in Britain under the Light Railways Act of 1896. Today it is one of the UK’s top Heritage Railways, meandering its way for over 10 miles through scenic countryside from the beautiful market town of Tenterden, the capital of the Kentish Weald, to Bodiam in Sussex in the shadow of the magnificent medieval castle now looked after by the National Trust.
The award- winning Colonel Stephens Railway Museum, next to the station and free to enter, provides a fascinating insight into the light railway empire of Colonel Stephens, the builder of the railway.
At Tenterden station, a gift shop offers visitors a wide selection of top quality gifts, books and artworks. There is also plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy a meal or light refreshment in the art deco style refreshment room, originally a bus station in Maidstone.
There are many events for visitors to enjoy throughout the year including our famous Santa Specials and “Days Out With Thomas” popular with families. Pre-bookable Wealden Pullman dining trains offer visitors the chance to step back to the golden age with exclusive on-train silver dining. On board conference facilities create one of the county’s most unusual meeting venues.