Kent's Heritage Railways
There a few finer ways of exploring – and experiencing – the Garden of England than hopping on board one of the county’s glorious steam trains or retro diesel engines.
Kent’s heritage railways give visitors a wonderfully unique perspective of Kent, with enviable views and evocative experiences. From the quintessentially English stations to watching the rolling fields and beautiful villages roll past your carriage window, these historic attractions offer a perfect day out for the whole family.
There are five beautiful heritage railways running through the county - East Kent Railway, Kent and East Sussex Railway, East Kent Railway, Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway, Spa Valley Railway.
Many of the heritage stations are close to mainline stations, so visitors can travel into or across the county using Southeastern’s network of fast trains before kicking back for a memorable trip into Kent’s history.
Each of Kent’s heritage railways has a unique story to tell, so make sure you discover them on your journey to The Garden of England.
Visit Kent has received Government funding to help promote and celebrate the county’s beautiful heritage railways, as part of The Department for Transport’s Heritage and Community Rail Tourism Innovation competition, which aims to boost rail-related tourism across the country.