Railways

A nostalgic vintage steam train or the Eurostar?  You can do both here.

From steam-powered, polished beauties to Europe-bound, high-tech designs, around Ashford and Tenterden a rich railway past is powering into the future.

Whether you're a serious steam buff or just someone who enjoys great views, the Kent & East Sussex Railway is a real treat. It puffs from attractive Tenterden to  imposing Bodiam Castle. Settle back in vintage carriages to chug for just over 10 miles through glorious Weald of Kent views. 

For an elegant, memorable meal - or an informal fish and chip supper - book a table in a 1920s Wealden Pullman silver-service dining car.  Look out too for special events too.

For marshland views and tiny trains head to the delightful Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. The world's smallest public railway, it sees one-third scale steam and diesel trains trundling beside Romney Marsh between Hythe and Dungeness. 

The area's proud railway past is also celebrated at the new Railway Room at Ashford Borough Museum.  Enter via the replica ticket office and pass the Hornby model railway.

And the town's strong train-related traditions continue. Ashford is within easy reach of London and Europe, making rail travel ever-more tempting today. Thanks to High Speed 1, it's just a 38 minute ride from London. While Eurostar ensures you can leave Ashford International Station and be in Paris, Brussels and Lille in just a couple of hours.