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Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5QY
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The Spa Valley Railway runs from Eridge in Sussex to Tunbridge Wells in Kent through one of the most beautiful parts of the country. A return journey takes about 1¼ hours. Eridge is a shared station with national rail trains with most Spa Valley services offering connections to and from services from London, only 30 miles away. Uniquely for a heritage railway for the first mile from Eridge infrastructure is shared with Network Rail with Spa Valley and National Rail trains running side by side.
Not only does a visit to the Spa Valley Railway offer a day out in itself but the railway also serves established tourist attractions at each of its stations – Groombridge (Groombridge Place Gardens & the Enchanted Forest), High Rocks (the ancient rocks) and Tunbridge Wells West (the historic spa town). At Tunbridge Wells West the railway utilises one of the few surviving locomotive sheds still serving its original purpose in the UK together with the railway’s gift shop, buffet and model railway. Most trains feature the railway’s award winning buffet and bar car. Dining and Real Ale trains run on selected evenings and a full calendar of special events is offered throughout the year. There is a large free car park available to visitors at High Rocks.