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Autumn on the Watercress Line

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

The Railway Station
Station Road
Alresford
Hampshire
SO24 9JG

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Opening Times

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

* Please visit www.watercressline.co.uk for exact opening times.

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.

Events

Friday, 18th October 2019 - Sunday, 20th October 2019

Watercress Line Autumn Steam GalaAutumn Steam Gala at The Watercress LineThis 'steam' packed three day event is a chance to see and ride behind the home-fleet locomotives. It will be one of the last chances to see 9F 92212 (their youngest steam loco built in 1959, 60 this year), running alongside newly restored Urie S15 506 (currently their oldest running loco, built in…
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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.

Facilities

Accessibility

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

Catering

  • 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:

  • I6144EHemmat
    Broadstone, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A wonderful find
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 4th September 2019
    Visited the watercress railway on the way to another venue. What a wonderful place. It wasn’t busy they Day we were there and the train ride took us through beautiful countryside. Brilliant for all... Read full review
  • paulm1002016
    St Neots, United Kingdom
    Wonderful immaculate heritage railway
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 7th September 2019
    Decided to stop first at Alresford where the large car park was unfortunately full. However, 1 hour free parking nearby. The station was very well kept and reflected the pre-war period of the... Read full review
  • Neil A
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    Magic!!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 15th September 2019
    You really can't use words to express how interesting a journey on this railway is!! That is because of the people who run it!! All volunteers who couldn't be more pleasant , knowledgable, and... Read full review

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