Things to do at Bluebell Railway review
The Bluebell Railway is a heritage steam line in Sussex. The railway has 11 miles of heritage line which starts from Sheffield Park in East Sussex and then through West Sussex. The journey itself takes around 40 minutes one way. There is so much to do at the different stops you can easily make a day out of your visit.
There are four stations on the line. Sheffield Park station was built in 1882 which was primarily built to serve Lord Sheffield who owned the large house and estate nearby. Sheffield Park and Garden is now a National Trust property and within walking distance of the station. The station also has a museum on platform 2 which is worth a visit. On platform 1 you will find SteamWorks which is great for kids. There are touchscreen displays and interactive elements that bring the science and mechanics of steam to life. The star of the show is an interactive model locomotive. There is a pub, a large car park, toilets and a picnic area.
Kingscote station has been restored to a time typical of the 1950s. The station has a children’s playground and is well looked after. There is a kiosk, toilets and a picnic area. There is no car park at this station.
Hosted Keynes was a large junction station back in the 1930s, today it has been restored to the mid-1920s and has been used by many film and television companies. The Carriage and Wagon workshop is where you can see carriages being restored. The elephant van is a bridge playroom for children up to 7 years old. Refreshments are available and light meals at weekends and school holidays, there are toilets but no disabled toilets. There is a small car park.
East Grinstead is the fourth station. It is the end of the line, so to speak, and here you can watch the locomotive uncouple then return to the other end of the train. There are light refreshments and toilets.
The railway hosts some great family-friendly events. They also run dining services offering afternoon tea, fish and chips, pie and mash and more.
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FAQ and Further Information Bluebell Railway
Is there food and drink available?
There is a variety of options for food and drink at most of the stations. Two of the stations have picnic areas. Dining services are also available.
What are the main things to do?
Historic railway line with four stations and plenty to do with a playground, museum, interactive exhibition and more. There are toilets at most stations.
What are the ticket prices?
*Mid range to higher priced
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Please visit their website for current prices and packages.
Is there parking?
There is parking at three of the four stations. There may be a charge to park.
When are they open?
Bluebell Railway runs a varied schedule throughout the year. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs are welcome on standard operating days. Dogs require their own ticket to travel at the cost of £2.00. During Special Events there may be some restrictions.
Are they accessible?
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