South and South East

The South & South East region contains a large number of heritage museums, railways and attractions over a wide area from Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to Hampshire and across Berkshire and Surrey, East and West Sussex to Kent.

This area includes popular attractions such as the Bluebell, Isle of Wight and Kent and East Sussex steam heritage railways to Agricultural and working museums and key canal routes and museums.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions the South and South East region including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Isle of Wight and Surrey.

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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Exbury, Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 1AZ.
Tel: 023 8089 1203.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

A spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs. 12¼in. gauge railway,…

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Burrell Showman's Engine 'Emperor' in Hollycombe's fairground

Hollycombe – Steam in the Country

Iron Hill, Midhurst Road, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7LP.
Tel: 01428 724 900.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Britain‘s most varied collection of working steam: Edwardian fairground with several unique rides. Narrow gauge and miniature railways, agricultural…

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Volks Electric Railway

Madeira Drive, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1EN.
Tel: 01273 292 718.

  • Car Park
  • Full disabled access

Opened in 1883 and was the first electric railway in Great Britain. The line has a gauge of 2ft 8.5in. and runs for approx. 1.25 miles from Palace Pier…

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Hayling Railway

Beachlands Station, Beachlands, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0AG.
Tel: 07775 696 912.

  • Car Park
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

2ft gauge line running along Hayling Island seafront.

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Swalcliffe Barn

Shipston Road, Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 5DR.
Tel: 01295 788 278.

  • Car Park
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Medieval half cruck barn. One of the finest in the country. Houses some of Oxfordshire Museum Services' agricultural and trade vehicles.

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Classic Boat Museum

117a Medlina Yard, Thetis Road, West Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 7DJ.
Tel: 01983 244 101.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

A fascinating collection of sailing and power boats of local and national interest to both family visitors and maritime enthusiasts alike. Displays include…

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Tyrwhitt Drake Museum of Carriages

The Archbishops' Stables, Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6YE.
Tel: 01622 602 838.

  • Car Park
  • Part disabled access

Contains more than 60 carriages, sleighs and sedan chairs, all in original condition. Housed in 14th century stables.

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Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park

Off Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7UD.
Tel: 03000 422 997.

  • Car Park

Once one of the main gunpowder factories in the South East, the park is one of the best places to discover history of gunpowder manufacturing in a tranquil…

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Romney Marsh Wartime Collection

Ivychurch Road, Brenzett, Romney Marsh, Kent, TN29 0EE.
Tel: 01797 344 747.

  • Car Park
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Incorporates Brenzett Aeronautical Museum Trust's unique collection of wartime equipment, with remains recovered from aircraft crash sites and memorabilia.…

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Wight Military & Heritage Museum

Northwood Camp, 490 Newport Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8QU.
Tel: 01983 632 039.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The museum holds an interesting mix of tanks, artefacts, other vehicles, small arms and a range of uniforms from the start of the 20th century to the present…

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East Cowes Heritage Centre

No.8 Clarence Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EP.
Tel: 01983 280 310.

  • Part disabled access

Since 1992 it has been the Heritage Centre and tells the history of the town with displays, maps, models and photographs. The last 200 years is portrayed…

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Prince Sheian approaching New Barn Station

Swanley New Barn Railway

Swanley Park, New Barn Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7PW.
Tel: 0000.

  • Car Park
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

30th year of operation. 71/4in. gauge, 900 yards. Six steam engines, six diesel engines and three other engines (petrol & electric), over 30 coaches and…

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