Eastbourne and Romantic Railways

Take in the great British countryside from a unique perspective on this fantastic holiday! Join us for a scenic ride aboard the beautifully resorted coaches of the Kent and East Sussex Railway, and enjoy a nostalgic journey on the picturesque Bluebell Railway. With other highlights including National Trust’s Sheffield Park Gardens and a trip to Tenterden, this tour promises plenty of memories.

5 days from £489pp

Single Room Supplement from £49pp

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Your Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel

Itinerary

Please choose your preferred 5 day itinerary

Local departure by coach or Home Connect service, then on to Eastbourne and our hotel for four nights.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

Journey on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, passing through the beautiful Wealden scenery. England's finest rural light railway allows visitors to experience travel from a bygone era, aboard beautifully restored coaches and locomotives dating from the Victorian times.

We will have time in picturesque Tenterden, known as the 'Jewel of the Weald', before returning to Eastbourne.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Kent and East Sussex Railway
  • Tenterden

Relax in Eastbourne and enjoy the fresh air, sandy beaches and Victorian pier.

Or, why not join our optional excursion to Brighton? This popular seaside resort is busting with attractions, such as the extravagant pavilion and beautiful pebbled beach. The historic Lanes date back to the late 16th century, and this quirky labyrinth of streets is filled with interesting shops, beautiful jewellers, and plenty of places to eat.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Excursions

  • Brighton
    • 2025: £10.00pp

The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in sterling (cash payments only).

Trip on the Bluebell Railway – a beautiful name for a beautiful journey. One of the first preserved heritage lines in the country, a number of the stations were built in the traditional 'Queen Anne' style, and Horsted Keynes has regularly been featured on television and in films including Downton Abbey and Churchill's Secret.

We continue on to the National Trust’s Sheffield Park Garden. This magnificent garden was laid out in the 18th century by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Bluebell Railway
  • National Trust’s Sheffield Park Gardens

Return home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the Imperial Hotel or the 3-star Burlington Hotel in Eastbourne.

Burlington Hotel, Eastbourne

Burlington Hotel, Eastbourne

Set in a beautiful Victorian building near the promenade, the Burlington Hotel is the perfect choice for any Eastbourne holiday. The hotel boasts stunning sea views which can be enjoyed from the restaurant, bar and coffee lounge, all of which offer great and varied menus. With enchanting décor, comfortable rooms and a friendly, sociable atmosphere, guests are guaranteed to enjoy a relaxing stay. Also a popular choice for its central location, the world-famous Carpet Gardens, Redoubt Fortress, iconic Eastbourne Pier and the town centre all within a short 10-minute walk.

Location: Grand Parade, Eastbourne, BN21 3YN

Hotel Facilities

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General
  • 3 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Extra Pillows and Blankets
  • Shower or Bath
Service
  • Safe Box in Reception
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Free WiFi (Public Areas)
Accessibility
  • Fridge Available for Medical Requirements
  • Wheelchair Access
Food & Drink
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Lactose or Dairy Free Menu
  • Vegan Menu
Hotel
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
Imperial Hotel Eastbourne

Imperial Hotel Eastbourne

An impressive Victorian hotel, Daish's Imperial Hotel offers all the facilities you need for an enjoyable stay. The coffee shop and lounge provide the perfect spots to relax and unwind and tasty meals are served in the large restaurant. There's a quiet bar in which you can enjoy a drink and a chat in the evening, or for lively fun there is entertainment on some evenings in the main bar where you can dance the night away!

Location: 16-32 Devonshire Place, Eastbourne, BN21 4AH

Hotel Facilities

Need further information? Fill in our enquiry form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can

Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Extra Pillows and Blankets
  • Telephone
  • Free Wifi
Service
  • Safe Box in Reception
  • Iron at Reception
  • Dogs Allowed on Request
Accessibility
  • Fridge Available for Medical Requirements
General
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
Food & Drink
  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Gluten Free Menu
  • Lactose or Dairy Free Menu
  • Vegan Menu
Hotel
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • WiFi Available

Single Room Supplements

Single Room Supplement from £49.00

Reviews

4.2 Out of 5 ( 9 Reviews )

Reviews

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Great
33%
Average
22%
Poor
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Bad
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Quality

3.6 / 5

Value for Money

3.8 / 5

A Thomson, 10 months ago

For a Rail holiday there was no knowledge of product . Just a driver and no rep to assist.

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Mel Henderson, 10 months ago

The bluebell Railway was very good, very realistic brings back happy memories of childhood times.

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Sheila Curtis, 10 months ago

Eastbourne coach break completely ruined by the horrendous journey back. Left at Cobham services for approx 5 hours no feedback on what was going on. Of all the years of travelling. package holidays ,cruises ,coach holidays etc, this was my worst ever experience . Shame on Shearings for letting us elderly, some disabled passengers so badly down. My heartfelt thanks two the elderly Gentleman and the lady who were trying there very best in such awful circumstances to help us all they could . They went above and beyond with it seems little help from the office.

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MRS LYNNE DAVISON, 1 year ago

Enjoyed the contents of the holiday. Hotel needs a paint job, but clean and staff very nice.

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Joanne, 1 year ago

I would have given 5 stars for quality, but this was a replacement holiday for one cancelled and so the trips were not 100% what I would have chosen, but they were good quality and certainly value for money. Overall the holiday was very good. I have travelled with Shearings before and am very satisfied with what they have to offer.

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Diane Needham, 1 year ago

Enjoyable, steam railway rides. Hotel food very good. HotelStaff very pleasant & nothing too much trouble.

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