Step back in time and enjoy a thrilling day out in Sussex aboard a lovingly preserved steam train, complete with a leisurely stroll through beautiful royal botanical gardens with this Steam Train Journey and Visit to Wakehurst Place for Two experience. The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for 11 miles along the border between East and West Sussex in England. You will have the pleasure of enjoying some of the UK’s finest scenery from the comfort of a beautifully maintained steam train carriage. The railway is managed and run largely by passionate volunteers who have preserved a large number of steam locomotives since the cessation of the steam service on British mainline railways since 1968, and today it boasts the second largest collection of steam locomotives in the UK - second only to the National Railway Museum. The Society also has a vast and impressive collection of almost 150 carriages and wagons, most of them pre-dating 1939. And with various stations along this pleasant route which have been restored to show different periods of the railway's life, this is an experience that railway lovers will cherish. In addition to this fantastic day out, you will visit Wakehurst Place, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is often referred to as "Kew in the country". Wakehurst Place is a National Trust Property and is managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens. Highlights of the extensive and lavish gardens include colourful herbaceous borders, a series of water gardens, Asian Heath garden and a fine collection of trees and many other rare plants.Please note you can enjoy this experience in any order, but you will need to drive between the two sites, either starting at Wakehurst and moving to the Bluebell Railway or setting off with steam trains before wandering through the Place’s botanic gardens. Wakehurst Place is approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Bluebell Railway (Sheffield Park) and 15 minutes from East Grinstead.
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