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Autumn on the Watercress Line

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

The Railway Station
Station Road
SO24 9JG

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Opening Times

Open on selected days during this period (16 Feb 2019 - 25 Oct 2019)

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Map & Directions

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Road Directions

The Watercress Line is located just off the A31, about seven miles from Winchester.

Alresford Station Road: SO24 9JG             
Ropley Bighton Hill: SO24 9SQ 
Medstead Station Approach: GU34 5EN 
Alton Station Road: GU34 2PZ

It is recommended that visitors start their journey from either Alresford or Alton. Parking is available at Alresford and Alton. 

Alresford: 30p per hour, £1.50 for over 4 hours (free Sundays and public holidays holidays). Coin only. This car park is operated by Winchester City Council. There is additional parking at Perins school on levels 2 and 3 during school holidays.

Alton: £7.50 weekdays and £2 weekends (pay with card or over the phone). Please be advised spaces may be limited here. This car park is operated by South Western Railway. 

Public Transport Directions

Train: The Watercress Line have a mainline link at Alton station, where South Western Railway operate platforms 1 & 2 and the Watercress Line runs from platform 3. Please purchase your Watercress Line tickets on arrival at Alton from our shop on Platform 3.


Saturday, 15th June 2019 - Sunday, 16th June 2019

War on the Line at the Mid Hants Railway 'The Watercress Line'War on the Line at The Watercress LineTransport yourself back in time to the 1940s, against the backdrop of a Second World War railway, to experience the 'Blitz Spirit' at the Mid Hants Railway 'The Watercress Line'. Enjoy unlimited train travel and mingle with civilian and military re-enactors, hop off at each station to explore...
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Sunday, 21st July 2019 - Sunday, 21st July 2019

Alton Bus Rally & Running DayAlton Bus RallyOne of Britain's biggest Bus Rallies & Running Days with a display of around 150 buses and coaches of all shapes and sizes from a variety of eras and operating areas. An extensive network of free bus services will operate from Anstey Park to Alton Town Centre, the Mid Hants Steam Railway and...
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Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Sunday, 11th August 2019

Day Out With Thomas at The Watercress LineDay Out With Thomas at The Watercress LineThomas & his friends return to the Watercress Line for more family fun! Shake hands with the Fat Controller, ride behind Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, enjoy vintage fairground rides, have a great time at Rusty & Dusty's entertainment show, take part in Thomas themed activities, ride the...
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Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Sunday, 15th September 2019

Open Weekend at The Watercress LineOpen Weekend at The Watercress LineThe Watercress Line opens its stations so you can view current restoration projects at Ropley, as well as exploring the yard and the Engineering Shed and Carriage Shop Viewing Galleries. A guided tour operates through the day. A freight train will be operating with 'Queen Mary' brake van rides...
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Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Sunday, 27th October 2019

Wizard Weekend at The Mid Hants Railway "Watercress Line"Wizard Weekend at The Mid Hants Railway "Watercress Line"Get dressed up for a chance to win a fabulous prize and join The Watercress Line for a spooky day of magic and mischief! Sit in the train carriage that was used in two of the Harry Potter films. Be whisked away on the Wizard Express and take unlimited rides throughout the day.
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Saturday, 9th November 2019 - Saturday, 9th November 2019

Walk the Line at The Watercress LineWalk the Line at The Watercress LineOnce a year you can experience the railway from a completely different view by walking along the trackbed of the 'Watercress Line'. From track level you get to fully appreciate the gradients the locomotives and footplate crews have to tackle to haul trains along the 10 mile line and 'over the Alps'...
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Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Tuesday, 24th December 2019

Santa Specials at The Watercress LineSanta Specials at The Watercress LineTravel on The Watercress Line in a festive train carriage for a magical trip where Santa and his jolly helpers visit you in your seat with a gift. Grown-ups get treated to white wine and mince pies, whilst children enjoy a soft drink and a gingerbread man. Each child will also receive an activity...
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Thursday, 26th December 2019 - Friday, 27th December 2019

Christmas Leave on the Watercress LineChristmas Leave on the Watercress LineCome along and join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway with The Watercress Line. The period stations will host re-enactors and the general public enjoying song, dance, steam and seasonal merriment.
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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£16.00 per ticket
Child age 5-16 years£8.00 per ticket
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children)£40.00 per ticket

Children aged 4 and under go free! One free adult carer per full fare paying disabled person. Dogs and bicycles go free.



  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Catering Provided
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site
  • Refreshments Available
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarians catered for

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays

Leisure Facilities

  • Themed Nights

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Off-road parking
  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Delta
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • In countryside
  • Smoking Some Areas
  • Some no smoking areas
  • Village Location

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun - Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

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Recent Reviews:

  • Itinerantviolist
    Woking, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Get bus 64 from Alton station.
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 16th May 2019
    Right now, if you are coming on foot, up until the end of July 2019 you need to get to Alton SWR station and get the half hourly bus 64 from Alton station to Four Marks on the A31 and take Station... Read full review
  • Christopher F
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Another great day out at Mid Hants Railway
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 18th May 2019
    One small criticism not aimed at this railway but at all heritage railways. Firstly you need to issue a roster early and stick to it unless there are breakdown as many fans of steam railways follow... Read full review
  • 411nickn
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Caught the train to the watercress festival
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th May 2019
    What a great way to travel to the Watercress festival in Alresford. Hoped on the amazing steam locomotive. Read full review


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