Isfield, East Sussex
Average time spent – 2+ hours.
Things to do at Lavender Line review
The Lavender Line is a lovely little railway which travels for a two mile round trip through the beautiful Wealden countryside with both diesel and steam engines. Check the timetable to see what is running on the day of your visit.
There’s a miniature railway which runs on selected Sundays throughout the year. It’s 45 metres long and goes from the gift shop on platform 2 to the picnic area. The lovely thing about the miniature railway is that all profits go towards St Thomas children’s hospital.
There’s also a children’s play area, signal box in a grade II listed building and cattle dock crane which was once the key part of the station being the only means of loading and unloading goods including, as the name suggests, cattle.
Other points of interest include the viewing area just a short walk away where you can watch the trains go by from the top of an embankment giving you a wonderful view. In Spring the surrounding countryside is awash with Bluebells making it the perfect place to watch the trains. You can also browse the gift shop where you can buy the perfect gift for any railway enthusiast.
The railway journey itself is approximately 23 minutes long on a round trip. You can buy an all-day ticket so you can ride the train as many times as you like and with the other attractions at the Isfield you could easily have 2 hours here or longer if you want to also have a walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Eating – Cinders Buffet has a wonderful atmosphere and features unique railway memorably. Open for breakfast and lunch, they serve hot and cold food, including the legendary ‘pie of the day’.
There is a picnic area on platform 2 with picnic tables and a fenced off area for families.
Facilities in brief – Train journeys (round trips), miniature railway on selected Sundays, viewing area, playground. There are toilets, a shop and a cafe.
Entry price – *Mid-range
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. Tickets are £10 for an adult on the steam train and slightly cheaper for the diesel. Children are £7 aged 3-15 and under 3’s are free. It is free to park.
Opening: Open days have not yet been updated on their website. Please keep checking back and please follow this link.
Information on accessibility – I could not find any information
Address: Isfield Station, Isfield TN22 5XB, East Sussex, England. Phone: 01825 750515
Category – Train rides – suitable for all ages.
Author: With thanks to Rowena from My Balancing Act.
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