Horsted Keynes Station

The station was built in 1882 by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway.

The Bluebell Railway has restored the station to the Southern Railway period – mid 1920s.

It was originally a junction station with a line branching off to Haywards Heath via Ardingly.

This station is often featured in films and television, most recently as “Downton” in the popular Downton Abbey series.

Station Facilities

Carriage and Wagon Workshop

Horsted Keynes is the home of our award-winning Carriage and Wagon department. This is where all our carriage restoration takes place. You can visit the carriage works viewing gallery and display which is accessible from platform 5.

Following their popularity last year, the volunteers of the Carriage & Wagon Department will again be running Behind the Scenes Tours of the workshop at 1.45pm every Saturday from Easter until the end of September (except on Model Railway Weekend – 29th June). The tours are free – although donations to the Maunsell Restaurant Car Project are always very welcome. It’s a chance to see behind the scenes with progress on many different restoration projects and also to catch up on how the new carriage shed extension project is progressing.

King George V Buffet

Tea, coffee, and snacks are available every day that trains are running.

Light meals (pasty and chips for example) are available at weekends and during school holidays.

Elephant Van

The Elephant Van, which was originally used to transport circus elephants, has now been transformed into a bright red play carriage especially for our younger visitors. Bring the kids along and let them enjoy themselves in this safe environment, with fun activities which are ideal for children up to 7 years old.

Carriage Shop

Selling pre-loved railway and transport books, photographs, models, DVDs, magazines, and other collectibles. All proceeds go towards funding projects at the railway.

Open most Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the year from 11am-4pm (extended opening during some special events).

Disabled Access, Toilets & Baby Changing Facilities

We regret this station has no disabled toilets. Baby changing facilities are available in the Ladies cloakroom on platform 5.

At the midpoint on the railway, the toilet facilities all date from the 1880s, and are spacious but otherwise not converted. Being based around old railway coaches, the various exhibitions and shop on Platform 1 are not wheelchair accessible, but the new carriage exhibition is. The shop and buffet on platforms 3-4 are small but none-the-less are at platform level, as is part of the public viewing area in the carriage workshops at the south of platform 5. Parking may be arranged with the station staff on arrival.

Car Parking

There is a hard surface car park, with parking for about 30 cars. An additional, adjacent field is available for parking in summer, with space for up to 100 cars.

Local attractions and places to visit

Why not combine your visit to the Bluebell Railway with a short hike to one of Horsted Keynes’ local pubs, The Green Man? It’s just a short walk from Horsted Keynes Station and seeves delicious hot and cold food along with a wide range of beverages. Click here to find out more.