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The railway was awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge in June 2010.


This Experience was developed with the support of the South East Grid for Learning (SEGfL). The current National Curriculum for History states that children should learn about a significant turning point in British history such as the first railways which were developed in Victorian times.
The railway and museum facilities at Tenterden are ideal for helping children explore how railways grew.
The experience includes a return steam train journey from Tenterden to Northiam (approx. 75 minutes) in genuine Victorian carriages. Victorian entertainment can, at extra cost, be provided in the form of a Punch & Judy Show. Children undertake a visit to a Victorian Signalbox and a guided Treasure Hunt through the Colonel Stephens' Museum at Tenterden Station. This museum is dedicated to the life and work of Colonel Stephens, founder of the Kent and East Sussex Railway.
This is an Experience tailored to individual schools so please let us know in plenty of time should you wish to book it.

The 2017 cost of the Victorian Experience is £7.95 per child - £9.95 per adult. We offer free places to adults accompanying your school party: one free adult for every 6 children. Bookings for this Experience can be made by telephoning the Booking Office on 01580 765155.