East Kent Railway

Explore the heritage stations at Shepherdswell and Eythorne, climb aboard heritage trains to ride the old Kent coalfield route through the Golgotha Tunnel and take a ride on the miniature railway, visit the museum and find out more about this important piece of East Kent heritage.

East Kent Railway is an Attraction. Area Dover


Station Road
CT15 7PD

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Useful info

  • Available: Family-friendly
  • Available: Coach parties welcome
  • Available: Coach parking available
  • Available: Food and drink on site
  • Available: Guide dogs, Hearing dogs and Registered assistance dogs welcome
  • Available: On-site parking (charges may apply)
  • Available: Public transport nearby
  • Available: Season ticket/membership available
  • Available: Visitor toilet/s
  • Not available: Accessible


Admission fees


Hop aboard a heritage diesel train and take the four-mile round trip between the pretty villages of Shepherdswell and Eythorne. You'll pass through beautiful rolling countryside, steep chalk-lined cuttings and the fascinating 500-m Golgotha Tunnel. Once a thriving industrial line serving the Kent Coalfield, the East Kent Railway is now a wonderful heritage railway with lovingly restored trains, an interactive museum, visitor centre, cafe and woodland walks.

The railway is also home to two signal boxes, one from Barham on the old Elham Valley Line and another from Selling, near Faversham. Both signal boxes house interesting displays on the history of the EKR. The Walmer Model Railway Club is also at the railway and they have an exciting model display in a beautiful LMS coach. Also calling the East Kent Railway home are the 400 Series Preservation Group, Southern Electric Group and the Trolley Bus Group.

EKR runs trains every Sunday from the end of March to the end of October; there is a limited service in winter.

Sunday trains currently run at 10.45am, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm. Please check the timetable on the EKR website for further details. As well as taking a heritage train ride, visitors can ride the miniature railways around the site - one through the picnic area and another through the woodland.

The Colonel's Cafe is open from 9am-4pm Tuesdays to Saturday and 9am-5pm on Sundays, as are the grounds - there's a lovely walk through 'The Knees', a 350-year-old woodland.

Special events include:

  • Cream Tea Train
  • Fish & Chips Train
  • Prosecco & Strawberries Train
  • Taco & Tequila Mexican Night Train

Please see the EKR website for dates and booking details.

You can also book a Train Driver for a Day experience (see below).