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East Kent Railway

Open Now: 08:30 - 16:00
Open today: 08:30 - 16:00

East Kent Railway
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
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“woodland walk”(8 reviews)
“meet santa”(4 reviews)
“train driver”(3 reviews)
The East Kent Railway is run solely by volunteers to preserve the last remaining part of the Kent Coalfields trains currently run from Shepherdswell to Eythorne (a round trip of 4 miles). On some special event days trains will also run on the...more
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Station Road, Shepherdswell CT15 7PD, England
+44 1304 832042
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The breakfast in the Colonels Café is really good, and good value for money. The East Kent Railway in the Summer months is a lovely place to visit, if you are interested in trains then this is great because you can see all the renovations....More

1  Thank kfitzgerald2017
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

We went to the East Kent Railway initially for breakfast in the Cafe at Eythorne Station, whilst there we saw The Buffs giving a driver experience day, instantly my father was raring to go on one, so we all clubbed together as a family and...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Great breakfast and a lovely woodland walk. Not as good as the Oast B&B in Shepheards Well, It's definately worth the visit 👌

1  Thank Ben B
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

My class of 30 9-10 year olds visited today to immerse and engage them in our topic this term on WWII. Wendy was really helpful in helping me arrange our trip and it was easy to organise. The children have had an amazing day. They...More

4  Thank natashanorris87
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

We were looking online for activities to do on a rainy day, when we came across their name and head down for a visit. OMG! What a fantastic place!! A trip on a historic train, minirails, shop with lots of books about trains. everyone was...More

4  Thank Sara G
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

I was visiting family in Kent . So I thought I would combine a Driver experience in amongst my trip. We was greeted by very friendly staff . I was involved with everything from prepping of the engine to stabling it at the end ....More

2  Thank Paul Kenneth H
Reviewed 30 June 2018

Something for everybody. Train rides. Model railways. Miniature railway rides. Walks in the woods. Good refreshments. Pleasant atmosphere. Gets better all the time. Good management and organisation.

2  Thank ronchatburndover
Reviewed 22 June 2018

Had a great summer solstice morning at EKR having a 'Driver Experience' session with Graham, Rod and Jill. I was shown how to set points, operate a level crossing and drive 427 'The Buffo' ex army locomotive c/w brake van to Eythorne station and back....More

1  Thank stevedurb
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

Who doesn't love a train, when you have a four year old who loves trains this is an ideal place to come to. It cost us £15 pounds for our family ticket saving £2 pounds if we had bought invidual tickets. So let's start at...More

4  Thank MrCoffeebean
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

What a lovely place, what lovely food and what lovely staff. Totally recommend the footplate for breakfast, huge food area and great for kids.

4  Thank Theghost1
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19 November 2017|
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Response from Matthew P | Property representative |
Hello. It’s best to book online on our website. Our Santa Specials are our busiest and most popular days - please check before you travel if you haven’t prebooked.
19 November 2017|
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Response from leetip | Reviewed this property |
Best to look on the website or telephone next weekend. I think it gets booked early so now would be a good time to try.
26 September 2015|
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Response from Callum L | Property representative |
Yes,Dogs are more than welcome to travel with us on our services, although we do ask that they are kept on their leads. Callum Laing Events & Marketing Manager East Kent Railway Trust