Kent's Heritage Railways

There’s something about old-fashioned train travel that never fails to capture the imagination.

In Kent, you can relive the magic and romance of the rails with a day out on a heritage railway, where you’ll find the journey is as fascinating as the destinations you visit.

You can visit quintessentially English stations, travel on vintage trains pulled by lovingly-restored steam and diesel engines and discover railway lines which give an insight into the varied history of the county. Hop aboard the small steam trains of a 1920s’ tourist attraction, journey on a light railway built to serve remote rural locations and travel on trains used in some of the industries that have helped Kent develop.

There are five heritage railways running through the county, each distinctly different from the others with its own combination of fabulous views, fantastic destinations and fascinating history. What they have in common is that they each offer a unique perspective of Kent and make for a great day out for all ages.

  • Kent & East Sussex Railway
  • Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
  • Spa Valley Railway
  • East Kent Railway
  • Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway

All of Kent’s heritage stations are close to mainline stations, some even share the same station, so visitors can travel in to or across the county using Southeastern’s network of fast trains before changing pace and stepping aboard a heritage train for a memorable trip into Kent’s history.

Find out more about our beautiful heritage railways below!