Autumn on the Watercress Line

The Watercress Line

The Railway Station
Station Road
SO24 9JG

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* 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: Pay & display car park, operated by Winchester City Council. Disabled parking available.

Alton: Pay & display car park, operated by South Western Railway. Please be advised spaces may be limited.


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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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, 27th August 2022 - Monday, 29th August 2022

50s & 60s Weekend at The Watercress Line50s & 60s Weekend at The Watercress LineEnjoy a taste of the great British summer holiday with the sights and sounds of the railway in the 50s and 60s at The Watercress Line.
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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£24.00 per ticket
Child age 5-16 years£12.00 per ticket
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children)£60.00 per ticket
Under 5sFree

Adult - £20.00 (advanced booking), £24 (on the day)
Child (age 5-16 years) - £10.00 (advanced booking), £12 (on the day)
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) - £50.00 (advanced booking), £60 (on the day)

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:

  • xw8dcqlwh1
    Oxford, United Kingdom
    Very good overall
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 28th July 2022
    Staff extremly helpful and friendly. Went for a recce day when a diesel was running. Found all the spots I will use next time when steam is running. Both at Ropley, and at Medstead and Four Marks... Read full review
  • F8337ERjuliew
    Trip Type:
    Some very rude Staff
    1 of 5 stars
    Monday, 1st August 2022
    We wanted to visit the shop at Ropley to buy a gift. It was late afternoon and being late in the day we could not justify paying £40 per head to ride on the trains. We had no intention of going onto... Read full review
  • 60104
    Gateshead, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Fine day over ‘The Alps’!
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 5th August 2022
    First visit for five years and one month. Hot weather meant one train was diesel but the steam train was beautiful. Well run and punctual yet a gentle atmosphere. Hope to return soon! Read full review

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