The Watercress Line

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Watercress Line - 30925 Cheltenham. Photo by Will Stratford
loco playground at Watercress Line
Watercress Line - Steam Illuminations. Photo by Andy Goss

About The Watercress Line

Enjoy an immersive and educational day out for the entire family at The Watercress Line. Set out on an adventure through the stunning county of Hampshire with incredible views and delicious food. Whether you’re looking for a day of relaxation or discovery, The Watercress Line is the perfect choice.

Trains at the Watercress Line

With a variety of steam and diesel locomotives as well as wagons, coaches and cranes, guests are spoilt for choice when visiting The Watercress Line. Step onboard to explore these impressive vehicles and see history come alive as you travel through the glorious countryside. There are a variety of different locomotives in service and young visitors in particular will love discovering the fully functioning Thomas the Tank Engine steam train.

Watercress Line Stations

The Watercress Line visits four picturesque heritage stations including Ropley, Arelsford, Medstead and Four Marks, and Alton. Each station is bursting with charm and history making every stop a unique experience. Tickets allow guests to travel all day long, ensuring there is plenty of time to fully explore each amazing location. Visitors can enjoy Alresford, a beautiful Georgian town where the name for the Watercress Line originated thanks to the plentiful supplies of watercress that were shipped throughout the country.
For train lovers, Ropley is a great destination. Guests can learn about the fascinating process of restoring carriages and engines while discovering how the railway is preserved. Young travellers will also enjoy seeing the stunning Kings Cross footbridge that featured in Harry Potter.
For a slower, more laid-back experience, visit Medstead and Four Marks, the most tranquil of the four stations. Here visitors can discover the Delivering the Goods exhibition covering the history of goods handling on The Watercress Line.

Food and drink

Travelling on The Watercress Line offers guests a unique day of discovery and adventure, and before long, you are sure to need some delicious refreshments. Hungry? Why not make a pit stop at the West Country Buffet at Alresford Station? There you will find tasty homemade hot and cold meals with refreshing drinks and sweet treats.
There are a variety of locations to enjoy your refreshments including indoor and outdoor spaces. On warm days, you can make the most of the beautiful weather at one of the picturesque outdoor picnic areas at Ropley or Alresford stations.

The railway is open weekends from mid February – October, with additional midweek running May – September and open every day in August.

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)

Child (under 5 years)                       FREE

Why should I visit?

    • Special family events throughout the year include a Day Out With Thomas, Wizard Weekend and Steam Illuminations.
    • Experience the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of steam as you travel through beautiful Hampshire countryside.
    • Explore the viewing galleries in the engineering workshops at Ropley station and get a unique view of the current restoration projects.
    • Enjoy following in some famous footsteps by crossing the famous Kings Cross footbridge that featured in the Harry PotterTM films.
    • Let off steam in the new playground, by the picnic area at Ropley.

Facilities

Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Cafe
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Free parking on site
Gift shop
On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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The Watercress Belle Fine Dining Experience

29th Jun 2024 - 29th Jun 2024

The Watercress Line

Enjoy a delicious, contemporary 3 course meal and fine wines while savouring the opulent comfort in  1st Class carriages  of this beautifully... 

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Where to find us

Address

Mid Hants Railway Ltd ‘Watercress Line’
The Railway Station
Alresford
Hampshire
SO24 9JG

Tel:

01962 733810

Website:

www.watercressline.co.uk

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By car

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.

 

By bus

It is recommended that visitors start their journey from either Alresford or Alton.
Velvet Bus offer a single bus service (67) between Winchester and Alresford.
National Express coaches operate from around the UK connecting with bus services from Winchester to our stations.

Kids activities

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There is lots of room to enjoy more than just a train ride at the Watercress Line. The large picnic area at Ropley station gives you space to stretch your legs and children will enjoy playing on the climbing frame.

Enjoy following in some famous footsteps by crossing the newly opened Kings Cross footbridge that featured in the Harry PotterTM films.

Explore the new viewing galleries in the engineering workshops at Ropley station and get a unique view of the current restoration projects.

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