Award Winning Vintage Bus, Award Winning Steam Train with Afternoon Tea Option for Guided Tour of Ongar Town.  




 Vintage Bus, Award Winning Steam Train with Afternoon Tea Option for Guided Tour of Ongar Town.

Day of Tour:   Saturdays and Sundays.

Time: 11.50am-4.30pm

Dates:     April 18th & Sun 19th:  Last Tour Dates October: Sat 17 and Sun 18 2020

No tour Dates: April 25 & 26th:  Sat and Sun 19th & 20th Sept

Price: £49.99


Tour Highlight

This amazing tour provides a nostalgic opportunity for adults and families with children to experience a vintage bus and steam train rides in one of Essex most scenic parts through Epping Forest and enjoy afternoon tea in Ongar.

Description of Tour:

Step back in time and experience the romance of travel from a time gone by as you soak up a stunning Essex countryside on this award winning Tour.

The Epping Ongar Railway is a Heritage railway, run by a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers, in North Weald Ongar, Essex, England.

The Tour includes a return ticket, starting at Epping underground Station (Central line); a vintage bus ride through Epping and glimpses of countryside and Epping Forest steam train ride through beautiful Epping Forest and afternoon tea in Ongar and a guided walking tour of this famous historical town and people associated with this ancient market town.

Chigwell Tours Ongar Leaflet

We recommend suitable clothing, comfortable shoes and bottled water.

 Note: This tour involves walking and may not be suitable for those with    mobility and walking difficulties.   


11.50am-Arrival at Epping underground Station (end of central line).

12.00: Catch vintage bus 339 on your own, to North Weald station, the home of the Epping Ongar Rail company. The 10 minutes’ journey will provide glimpses of beautiful Epping and Epping Forest.

North Weald is a village in the civil parish of North Weald Bassett, the Epping Forest District of the County of Essex.

This vintage bus journey passes through Epping Forest and countryside views

12.15: Arrival at North Weald Station. Comfort Break.

Locate the Chigwell Tours Tour Guide in front of the Ticket Office at North Weald station. They will be holding a multi-coloured Golf umbrella!

12:30am: Meet, Greet and Welcome by Our Experienced Tour Guide.

 Enjoy a short talk and guided walk time permitting.

  1. 50: With our tour guide, you will be escorted to your reserved carriage on the steam train for your journey.

1:00pm Steam Train Journey through Epping Forest

1: 15-20pm: Arrival at Ongar.

With your tour guide, or on your own, meet your tour guide outside the station.

1.20- 2. 10

Guided walking tour of Ongar with your tour guide plus free time.

attractions (and enjoy the history and Local Park opposite the station. Have fun checking out the local pubs, famous cheese shop, wine stores and museum

2.15-3.15: Afternoon Tea

Venue:  : The Delightfully  refurbished Cock Tavern and Kitchen Ongar High Street.

Note: Your afternoon tea consists of a round of freshly made sandwiches with a choice of filling; vegetarian options; scone with butter, cream and cream; cakes; tea or coffee. Drinks

You can purchase drinks, wine, prosecco and other beverages with your afternoon tea (price not included in the tour price)

3.25: Arrive at Ongar station.30 Board steam train for North Weald.

3.35: Train departs for North Weald.

4.00 Board vintage bus back to Epping underground station, where the tour ends.


Call the office for details for group bookings. Group bookings are also available.


For further information, visit our Terms & Conditions here.

For any enquiries, call Kate 020 8500 9912


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  1. Sarah Grant

    We had a lovely time! Would definitely recommend!

    A very nostalgic trip, returning to the past.

    All staff on trip and in office were very polite and helpful.

  2. Stephen Humbles

    We found the tour really enjoyable, loved the day and i would recommend this tour to friends!

    The whole tour has been well organised and the staff are all very helpful, pleasant and nice.

    I cannot think of any ways to improve this tour!

  3. Nicole Walters

    Very Satisfied, Had a lovely day!

    The best part of this tour was the train ride through the forest as it was very relaxing and fun!

    10/10 Cannot be improved!

  4. Carol Saltmarsh

    This tour was excellent! it brought back lovely memories of childhood.

    I loved the nostalgia of the vintage transport and the service was brilliant!

  5. Sandy Jane Ridpath

    A very good tour!

    I wish I could have stayed on the train longer because of how fantastic it was

    Best Day Ever!

  6. Julie Dodd

    Very well organised and friendly staff.

    A fascinating journey through the forest, 4 hours went so quickly but… time goes fast when your having fun!

  7. Sean Murray

    Myself and my father went on the Ongar steam train experience and what a day it was. My father being a train spotter in his youth he was in his element. Chigwell Tours were incredibly helpful in sorting my booking and the day was great. Some great mementos made. Thanks you specifically to Ben at Chigwell tours for arranging for us.

    Fab day, thoroughly recommended.

  8. Alice & Peter Bufalini

    This tour was a very relaxing, exciting and open countryside experience, i felt one with nature and explored the beauty of the amazing towns around Epping.

    I enjoyed the cream tea at The Kings Head and the scenery from the train.

    No Improvements

  9. Angela Connolly

    I really enjoyed this tour, especially the old fashioned carriages, the novelty and nostalgia was a fantastic experience.

    Would it be possible to do this of a night-time with a dinner because of how beautiful it was.

  10. Lynda Preston

    This was very enjoyable and a great day out! Our tour guide Alun was very welcoming and informative, and Ben in the office was very helpful and friendly.

    I loved the steam train ride and accompanying sounds and picturesque views.

    It was a lovely tour and i cannot think of any improvements.

  11. Katie Lidington

    We really enjoyed this trip, and the steam train was fantastic!

    Our tour guide Alun is a Legend!

  12. George Prince

    Excellent, Enjoyable and Interesting.

    Our tour guide Alun was very helpful and informative and Ben was very helpful from the office.

  13. Tracey

    All aboard the Lord Phil Locomotive Steam train.

    There is something fascinating happening in “Ongar” today.

    Where in the Dickens is Ongar? Well, l do love an Enid Blyton mystery.

    Tick tuck, it is 10.10 a.m., on Saturday, 4 August 2018, Kenyah and friend Beverly decide to follow the trail laid out by Chigwell Tours. We stand in line at Epping Station at the make shift bus stop; cases, hats and handkerchiefs at the ready. It is a sweltering hot day. We eagerly await a distinguished gentleman carrying a striped umbrella who will be our guide for the 6 hours of adventure.

    We are excited at the opportunity of stepping back in time. Here comes the Vintage 339 bus with its driver and bus conductor. Wooopee!!! We are all set to go on a Chigwell Tours adventure. Who does this, we wonder. In the bus queue we notice close to 50 other mystery seekers all of varying ages (adults & children), genders, and complexions, but none as Melanin rich as mine and Beverly’s. Most of us board the bus, less than half wait for the next one as there is limited capacity due to broken seats (Has there been a murder? We wonder, or is the damage merely down to wear and tear).

    In a blink of an eye we arrive at a small town called North Weald, we are informed by the Chigwell Tours guide that North Weald is a village in the civil parish of North Weald Bassett in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England.
    The area is very very different to where I and Beverly grew up, North and East inner city London.

    The area appears quiet and tranquil. No time to explore in-depth as we are whisked on to a slightly smokey train platform at North Weald Station for the 10.55 train to Ongar, on the Lord Phil steam train.

    My old school friend Beverly and I sit back, and begin to take in the the fabric, sounds, ambience of the train and the views.

    In less than an hour we arrive in Ongar, where we are whisked in a taxi to a secret location, we are both excited but also saddened by what we learn during the guided tour. By now, we are both feeling peckish, next stop on the adventure is afternoon tea (a lovely assortment of teas, coffee, sandwiches and yummy cakes). I could not resist the cakes, Beverly was more reserved. On to the next half of our mystery tour which
    gave Beverly and I an opportunity to reminisce the bygone days, we were again pleasantly surprised by the location and its history.

    To find out about the next instalment contact Chigwell tours, see link below:

    The whole adventure was a new lovely experience and an adventure, we would recommend it to both individuals and families. It is worth opting for the guided tour to appreciate the history and culture of the various places on the tour and to ensure you find your way back on time.