Award Winning Vintage Bus Steam Train with Afternoon Tea Option to Visit Oldest Wooden Church in Europe!

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Award Winning Vintage Bus Steam Train with Afternoon Tea Option to Visit  Oldest Wooden Church in Europe!
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Day of Tour:  Saturdays Only: Time:10.15am - 3.30pm

Dates of Tours:  April 13, 2019 to October 12, 2019.

Price: £49.99 (Excludes visit to Oldest wooden church in Europe).


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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 to and via vintage bus   to North Weald and Steam train to Ongar

This experience is a self- guided tour. However, a tour guide is usually present to meet and greet customers at Epping Underground station before boarding the 1st of their Vintage bus to North Weald for the start of their Steam train journey.

Below is a representative itinerary. All customers receive a detailed final itinerary, two weeks prior to the tour, as well as information for your tour and other things you can include to enhance your experience in Ongar.

Thanks for booking  for the above experience with us.


10:15am: Arrive at Epping station with your itinerary and meet your tour guide.

10:25am: Board your vintage bus for the start of your journey to North Weald for your steam train experience. North Weald is a village in the civil parish of North Weald Bassett, the Epping Forest District of the County of Essex.

10:45am: Arrival at North Weald Station for your steam train experience

10:45am – 10:55am: Enjoy a comfort break at North Weald Station.

10: 55 am Board your steam train for the journey to Ongar, the old market town with an amazing history, quaint streets, and shops.

11:00 am: Journey to Ongar on steam train begins.

11:20 am: Arrival at Ongar and Comfort Break.

11:30am- 1:15 pm Afternoon Tea at the Kings Head, 177 High Street, Ongar,CM5 9JG

Explore Ongar;

OPTION: Visit the amazing Greensted Church, the oOldest wooden church in Europe.   Guided tour of this historic iconic attraction and explore the beautiful grounds and surrounding English countryside.  The

cost of transport and guided tour is £10 per person. .

explore Ongar; shops and enjoy  the history and local park opposite the station. Have fun checking out the local pubs, famous cheese shop, wine stores and museum.

Your afternoon tea at The Kings Head will follow the church visit.

1.15pm: Depart Kings Head for Station

1.30 pm: Board your steam train from Ongar station for the return journey to North Weald; stay on the train for your second journey through Epping Forest and back to North Weald.

2:00 pm: Steam Train Ride through Epping Forest

2.15 pm: Return and Explore North Weald Station.

 2.30 or 3.00  or 3.30pm or 4:00pm:  Board vintage bus back to Epping underground station, where the tour ends.

Group bookings are also available.

Thank you for choosing Chigwell Tours.



The Kings Head

177 High Street,

Chipping Ongar,

Essex CM5 9JG

Phone – 01277508905


Come out of Ongar station and turn left on to the High Street.

Walk for 7 minutes and the Kings Head, is on your right.

It is a 2 minute walk from Budworth Hall, a major land mark on the High street.

Tour Guide

To assist you, Alun Hague will meet you outside Epping Station from 10.10am and will be holding a multicoloured golf umbrella.

He will board the vintage bus at 10.20am with you and will assist you at the ticket office in case of difficulty at the North weald Epping Ongar Railway station.

On your arrival at Ongar station, he will point you in the right direction towards The Kings Head Restaurant. He will then depart.

Below is your amended itinerary.

Your tour starts at Epping underground station (CM16 4HW) at 10.20am.

We have planned the tour timetable with you, as independent travellers without a tour guide,  but Alun Hague, our tour guide, will be around to assist in case of difficulty.  We have provided a selection of interesting things to compliment the steam train ride.

Your itinerary is below.

Your entry passes and things to do in Ongar, has been sent to you.  At North Weald station, you will collect your train ticket and your free copy of Ongar Town Guide from the ticket office staff.  They will require your name.

On arrival at the Kings Head, you will sit in the front  reception\lounge  until escorted to your table by a member of staff.

The Kings Head Restaurant will operate a flexible arrival time from 11.30- 12.30pm  so you can stagger your arrival time but you will need to leave by 1.15pm to ensure you  catch your steam train at Ongar at 1.30pm.

A fully licensed bar, can provide both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks; prosecco and wine and a la carte menu are available.  These can be purchased separately.

Your cream tea will consists of either 1 large scone or 2 medium sized scones,  butter, jam and cream, and tea or coffee.  Afternoon tea consists of 3 rounds of sandwiches (egg mayonnaise, tuna with cucumber; cheese and chutney), 2 scones, cake, butter, cream, jam and tea or coffee. Teas and coffees are served by the pot.  Refill are available but will be self served.

Vegetarian options are available as part of the afternoon tea option and booked in advance.

Guests who have booked for our cream tea can upgrade to have an afternoon tea with prior arrangement. Contact us for more information.

Taxis – If you want to visit Greenstead Church (oldest wooden church in Europe), you can catch a taxi which is a 10 minute ride from Ongar station costing £7. They can also wait for you and bring you back to The Kings Head for your cream tea or afternoon tea.

We would appreciate your positive review on our Trip Advisor Page. Or feel free to email us your comments-

Please Note

On special Events Days, large crowds have known to attend the events.  Please plan your journey and allow plenty of time for this. The Epping Ongar Railway website will have details and dates of these events.

  • Dogs are allowed, but must be well behaved and on leads at all times. We regret that dogs are not permitted in the location where the afternoon tea is being served, however, speak to the tour guide if you are concerned.
  • Please make sure that you bring your confirmation email or voucher with you
  • The railway buffet car is occasionally opened and you can purchase teas or coffee or alcohol.
  • Locomotives for the three journeys are interchangeable between steam and diesel.
  • The train company can at short notice, change the timetable.

Kindly let us know if you have any dietary, mobility or any other issues.

We recommend comfortable shoes, warm clothing, an umbrella and a bottle of water.

Cancellations – 48 hours notice is required otherwise there will not be a refund or a reschedule of a booked tour.

We would recommend you read our Terms and Conditions on our website. - before your tour which includes the rules and regulations in the case of any last minute cancellations.

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Our offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, however in case of any enquiries, please email us at or call us on 02085009912 on the Friday or Monday.

With our best wishes for a delightful tour experience.

Kate Smith

Sales and Marketing Team

Chigwell Tours.

T+44 208 500 9912

Trip Advisor:Chigwell Tours page

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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.