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The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line

On the A31 to Alresford or Alton, Alton SO24 9JG, England
+44 1962 733810
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Ride on the trains all day with one ticket

We started at Alresford as the parking was easier. Got the first train at 11 am and went to Alton... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
near ASCOT, UK
Steam fun

Lovely steam train rides , beautiful station s and comfortable trains . We did a special wizard... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Mid Hants Railway, also known as the Watercress Line, operates steam and heritage diesel trains between the picturesque market towns of Alton and Alresford in Hampshire, south west of London. As well as standard travel this preserved railway runs popular special events throughout the year along with Countryman and Watercress Belle dining trains and the Real Ale Train.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“real ale” (68 reviews)
On the A31 to Alresford or Alton, Alton SO24 9JG, England
+44 1962 733810
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We started at Alresford as the parking was easier. Got the first train at 11 am and went to Alton, back to Alresford for lunch then stopping off at Ropley to see the workshops and yard with more trains. They even sold bottled local beers...More

Thank HelenSunninghill
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely steam train rides , beautiful station s and comfortable trains . We did a special wizard week end so lots of activities to do . Good for all ages . They have a footbridge a ropley from the Harry Potter film .

Thank Heartka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An extensive undertaking and so easily reachable, on account if Alton station being directly connected with the main L&SWR route to/from Waterloo. The stations and rolling stock are all in great condition and the track in sufficient state of upkeep to satisfy the requirements of...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Started at Alresford and did the round trip to Alton. Ample parking at £1.50p for any time over 4 hrs. Café and platform open at 10.00am with first train at 11,00am giving plenty of time for a breakfast or book purchase at the shop. Lots...More

Thank mike d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove to Alton to spend the day riding a Steam Train with my 6 year old. Station parking lot was very busy and although there were many places in the adjacent Euro Car Park, it took some time to set up an account and pay...More

Thank Robyn W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mid-Hants is one of the UK's oldest 'preserved' railways (BR closed the line in 1973) and it has a rich heritage. The line offers lovely scenery, has a saw-tooth gradient profile to tax the locomotives, and is generally visitor-friendly. There are refreshment facilities at...More

2  Thank mekydro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great evening. Thank you to all the volunteers that made our evening the best. We had a wonderful and relaxing time. The food, service, carriage and experience will be one never to forget.

Thank Shamber10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to this railway via a Cooks coach, we travelled on the 3pm steam train from Alresford to Alton. The line originally ran between Alton and Winchester, now ends at Alresford. The line is 10 miles long and is a very pleasant 40 minute...More

Thank B7152FJpeterw
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Got to the watercress line just before closing time and the driver of the steam train was very kind to let me go and take a look on the foot plate of the steam engine and take photos It really made my day

Thank shano9955
Reviewed 30 September 2017

My husband and I loved every moment of our trip from Alresford to Alton on the steam train. We stopped off at Alton to have a look around and had a fantastic brunch at the station cafe. We then got back on the train and...More

2  Thank Adventurespirt
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Questions & Answers
12 August 2017|
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Response from Watercress_Line | Property representative |
There are approximately 350 tickets for each RAT. There are three people working behind the bar throughout the evening so queues are not an issue.
7 June 2017|
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Response from Top-Trumper68 | Reviewed this property |
If you just want to do the train on a full return journey, park at Alton mainline station (£2 at weekends and plenty of space) or Alresford Watercress station carpark (can be busy but there is overflow carparking nearby too... More