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Kent & East Sussex Railway

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country's finest example of a rural light railway. The line owes much of its charm to its origin as the world's first light railway. Originally opened in 1900, the tightly curved line with steep gradients is typical of those rural railways that were developed on shoestring budgets to bring the 'iron horse' to sparsely populated areas.

Typically, stations bear the name of the nearest village although these can be miles away from the actual line, a result of geographical conditions and available funds. Re-opened by dedicated volunteers as an attraction in 1974 following its closure to passenger traffic in the 1950's, today the K&ESR is one of Britain's best loved, most original heritage railways.

Steam and heritage diesel trains run for 10 miles on the preserved central section of the original line from Tenterden, affectionately known as 'The Jewel of The Weald'; through the Rother Levels, a marshland valley so difficult to appreciate any other way but by train; brushing past the village of Northiam to Bodiam in East Sussex, where the line terminates in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust Castle.

Whether you are interested in heritage, shopping, nature, food and drink or recreation there is an ever-evolving range of special events and offers that provide temptation and interest for all ages on the Kent and East Sussex Railway route. You will find a warm welcome and we're sure your day will be a truly memorable experience!

The Kent and East Sussex Railway is one of the Seven Wonders of the Weald. An annual Seven Wonders pass allows one free entry for an adult and child to enjoy each of the seven attractions. Find out more at


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  • Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
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