Autumn on the Watercress Line

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

The Railway Station
Station Road
SO24 9JG

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Opening Times

* The Watercress Line has now reopened. Tickets can be pre-booked in advance of your visit or bought on the day. Please see The Watercress Line's website for further details: 

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.


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Friday, 29th April 2022 - Monday, 2nd May 2022

Spring Steam Gala at The Watercress LineSpring Steam Gala at The Watercress LineThis 'steam' packed three day event at The Watercress Line is a chance to see and ride behind guest engines and the home-fleet locomotives. Come and enjoy behind the scene tours throughout Ropley workshop & yard and get up close and explore The Watercress Line's locomotives under restoration.
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Friday, 20th May 2022 - Sunday, 22nd May 2022

Vintage Steam VehiclesVintage Vehicles at The Watercress LineEnjoy the Vintage Vehicle Weekend which will see the largest gathering of steam vehicles in Hampshire since 2019!
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Saturday, 28th May 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

Saturday, 6th August 2022 - Sunday, 14th August 2022

Day Out With Thomas at The Watercress LineDay Out With Thomas at The Watercress LinePeep, peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at The Watercress Line
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Saturday, 18th June 2022 - Sunday, 19th June 2022

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'. Enjoy unlimited train travel and mingle with civilian and military re-enactors; hop off at each station to explore period displays, music, dancing, vintage vehicles…
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Friday, 15th July 2022 - Sunday, 17th July 2022

Diesel Gala at The Watercress LineDiesel Gala at The Watercress LineThe railway will be operated by the Watercress Line home fleet of diesel locomotives, alongside some special guests, showcasing the varied types of diesel locomotives produced during the 1960's modernisation plan.
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Saturday, 10th September 2022 - Sunday, 11th September 2022

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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Friday, 7th October 2022 - Sunday, 9th October 2022

Watercress Line Autumn Steam GalaAutumn Steam Gala at The Watercress LineThe three-day steam-packed Autumn Steam Gala will include a guest engine and home-fleet steam locomotives
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Monday, 24th October 2022 - Sunday, 30th October 2022

Wizard Weekend at The Mid Hants Railway "Watercress Line"Wizard Weekend at The Mid Hants Railway "Watercress Line"The Watercress Line transforms into a place of magic and mischief for Halloween! There are lots of spooky activities to keep the kids entertained.
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Saturday, 19th November 2022 - Sunday, 8th January 2023

Steam Illuminations at Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'Steam Illuminations at Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'Steam Illuminations is a unique, world first, pixel mappable digital LED train! It's an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands. This makes the train look magical both inside and out!
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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:

  • stevepF8991DP
    Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
    Early evening festive fun and lovely to see.
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 8th January 2022
    So, travelled to Alresford for the Illumination Gala which is put on over the festive period each year. We arrived early to just "chill out" in the cafe before our scheduled departure. Free parking... Read full review
  • Sam N
    Derby, United Kingdom
    Steam illuminations
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 9th January 2022
    Illuminated train. We went on the penultimate day of the season so was a little odd to have Christmas music but actually still great fun. We were all given illuminated wristbands to add to the... Read full review
  • Will J
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    A light steam ride.
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 10th January 2022
    We attended an evening train for the steam illuminations and it was brilliantly done. The effort put in by the team to make the shows fun and work with the tracks played was evident. The stations we... Read full review

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