Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway
Telephone: 01797 362353
The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway runs for 13.5 miles from the picturesque Cinque Port town of Hythe, through the family friendly seaside village to Dymchurch, towards the railways headquarters at New Romney and finally reaching the National Nature Reserve of Dungeness.
Winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence this world famous steam railway is one of Kent’s top attractions.
The Toy and Model Exhibition at New Romney Station is a must-see attraction. Showcasing RH&DR memorabilia, past headboards and of course a working model railway. The interactive features are sure to keep the children intrigued whilst displays depicting the railways history always engage the grown-ups. The 1940s Museum (open during peak seasons) includes the fascinating story of the ‘Armoured Train’ nestled in a unique cinema setting. Set alongside these extensive indoor features, over the bridge, the children will find the train themed outdoor play area.
Catering is available at most stations. For 2016 Dungeness will boast a newly renovated End of the Line Restaurant specialising in local seafood. The Heywood Buffet at New Romney serves up a warming lunch and a bite sized children’s menu. Looking for something sweet? The vintage style Tea Room at Hythe Station has plenty of homemade cakes to whet the appetite.
Hythe, Dymchurch, New Romney and Dungeness Stations are all host to quality souvenir shops, whether it’s a gift for the children or a nostalgic treat for yourself, there is something for everyone.
An enjoyable and nostalgic day out can be added to by visiting on one of the railways unique special event days (see website for details). Suitable for all generations in all weathers the railway is the perfect day out!
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It may be worth checking out Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
Open every day from end of March to end of October and most weekends throughout the year except Nov.
Santa Specials run in December
Opening and closing times vary with the service being operated. Depends on first and last train times. See website through link for more details.
The Light Railway Cafe outside Hythe Station offers meals, snacks and refreshments. Picnic tables at New Romney, Dymchurch and Dungeness stations. Snacks, hot and cold beverages are available from the licensed observation car. A surcharge of 50p per single journey is made for travel in this carriage.
The railway can cater for special dietary requirements if they know in advance. Specialist food items are not standard on the menu’s but there are always salad and fresh fruit and some “natural” snack bars available.
"Can I have one of those?"
The gift and souvenir shops at New Romney, Hythe, Dymchurch and Dungeness stations all sell items of confectionery and refreshments. Souvenirs vary from station to station and include RH&DR branded souvenir items, railway videos, large range of Thomas merchandise, toys and gifts, confectionery and films for your camera and a good range of railway and transport books and magazines plus a good range of Hornby models and sets, including Thomas and Friends locomotives.
"i need a wee"
Toilets are situated at the following stations: Hythe, New Romney, Dymchurch and Dungeness. Each of these stations also has a disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.
and baby come too...
The railway does not sell baby food but a jug of hot water can be requested to warm bottles at the cafe.
"are we there yet?"
Reaching the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is easy as New Romney, Dungeness and Hythe are all on or near the A259 trunk road which gives direct access from the Kent and Sussex coast. Hythe Station is only 3 miles from the M20 junction 11 (signposted) which makes it easily accessible from London, the M25, the Channel Ports and the Eurotunnel terminal at Cheriton. New Romney and Dungeness can be found via the A2070 (from M20 junction 10) and the A259. There are car parks at all major stations. Hythe: CT21 6LD Dymchurch: TN29 0PJ St Mary's Bay: TN29 0SG New Romney: TN28 8PL Romney Sands: TN28 8RN Dungeness: TN29 9NB By Bus Stagecoach buses serve the railway from Ashford, Canterbury, Hastings, Rye, Folkestone, Dover. A combined Bus and RH and DR Ticket is available on most Stagecoach Bus services in Kent and East Sussex. Call 08702 433711 for details. By Train. Travel via Ashford (Kent) to Folkestone Central and then by bus to Hythe. Alternatively travel via Hastings to Rye and then by bus to New Romney. National Rail enquiries are on 0845 748 4950. By Coach National Express service 021 operates daily between London and Hythe, please telephone 08705 808080 for information. Several other companies operate excursions to the area during the summer, please check with your local coach operator for details.
...got any top tips?
We welcome dogs and can accommodate bicycles (subject to space availability) on our trains. We make a token charge of £1 per dog or bike for a day. The railway has coaches especially adapted to carry wheelchairs. With on-board ramps, panoramic windows and four seats for accompanying helpers, these coaches are available on any train by prior arrangement. Please telephone for details.
Prices & Admission
Many fare and trip types available, but as an example:
£8.50 child (3 to 15 years)
Under 3s Free!
Entry into the Model Railway Exhibition is
£2 adult and £1 child.
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