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Ashford and the surrounding areas has plenty to offer!
If you are planning on visiting AIMREC, you might like to add an additional pit-stop to your adventure!
See below for suggestions on local attractions, within 10 miles, and the distance from AIMREC.
Please note that these are just suggestions and are not associated with AIMREC.
Woodchurch Windmill - 4.2 Miles
The windmill overlooks Woodchurch village from the north, with extensive views over the Walland marshes towards the English Channel coast.
Hothfield Heathlands Nature Reserve - 4.5 Miles
This nature reserve offers stunning scenery, wildlife, wild horses and highland cows. The reserve offers beautiful photo opportunities and plenty of woodlands to explore.
The Model Shop - 4.6 Miles
This quaint shop sells a wide range of model railway items and is a good place to pop in to stock up on your railway supplies!
Ashford - Tank WW1 - 5.7 Miles
This tank memorial is based at George's Square in Ashford town centre and is a fascinating relic from the First World War (1914-1918).
Ashford International Rail Station - 6 Miles
This is the nearest rail station to AIMREC and is a great place to see some modern day trains.
Ashford Town Centre - 6 Miles
The bustling town centre is full of a variety of shops and restaurants!
Ashford Museum - 6.3 Miles
Ashford Museum is operated by the Ashford Borough Museum Society, a registered charity comprised entirely of volunteers. The museum's collection comprises artefacts relating to the Borough of Ashford and its people. One of the collections features Railway memorabilia including artefacts from the railway and works, photographs and two model railways to recall the important role that railways played in the town's history.
Ashford Warren & Hoads Woods - 6.4 Miles
A stunning woodlands protected by Kent Wildlife Trust. A lovely place to see wild birds and explore the woodlands, which has a rail line running through it. Highland cows are occassionally at the woods, depending on the time of the year.
Kent & East Sussex Railway - 6.9 Miles
K&ESR has a unique collection of trains, some of which are approaching 150 years old! It is a light railway, equipped with full size trains, where you can get train rides! Click on the link to see what else K&ESR has to offer.
Tenterden Museum - 6.9 Miles
The Museum is housed in a two-storey weather-boarded building, one of the last representatives in Tenterden of a type of industrial building common in the area in the latter part of the 19th century. The Museum maintains a very high standard of conservation and preservation of its unique collection. It provides a repository for artefacts connected with the area.
Ashford Designer Outlet - 7.4 Miles
There are many shops and restaurants to explore and enjoy here.
There are some great locations to visit which are further afield from AIMREC, but you may be interested in investigating them!
Please see below for some suggestions and the distance in miles from AIMREC.
Bredgar & Wormshill Railway - 18 Miles
This delightful 2′ 6″ railway's objective is the preservation of steam locomotives in a form which enables railway enthusiasts, the general public and children to appreciate how important this type of energy was to the industry for over 100 years. The trains have been restored to their original specifications and are run as part of small goods or passenger trains. There is an engine shed to explore, shop and a tea room which has very tasty cakes!
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway - 18.2 Miles
The RH&DR is known as 'Kent's Mainline in Miniature' and has one-third full size steam and diesel locamotives, which run along the 13½ miles of track from the Cinque Port town of Hythe, terminating in Dungeness; a National Nature Reserve.
Hastings Tramways - 19 Miles
This is a lovely club which has two trams, a small museum/shop and track at their site based in the lovely Staplecross Shrub Centre. Members have worked hard to make the site visitor-friendly and it's a lovely little gem.
Staplecross Garden Centre - 19 Miles
A lovely centre which has a lot to offer! The Hastings Tramways Club is based here as well as a selection of small, enticing shops, a plant nursery and a restaurant for refreshments. But this is no ordinary restaurant! The Railway Tavern is a magical re-conditioned 1950's train carriage turned in to restaurant, offering delicious food and drinks! The staff in all areas of the centre are very friendly and helpful and this makes for a wonderful stop-off to a journey.
Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway - 20.9 Miles
The line which is built to a gauge of 2′ 6″, continues to use the steam engines and rolling stock that were supplied to operate the railway in its working life prior to preservation in 1969.
Hornby Visitor Centre (Margate) - 42.4 Miles
Shop and museum featuring rare products from Horby, Scalextric, Airfix an Corgi archives, track the history of Hornby’s iconic model trains from Frank Hornby’s early home-made toys in sheet metal, through the development of Hornby ‘O’ gauge and Hornby-Dublo.