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The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line

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Address: On the A31 to Alresford or Alton, Alton SO24 9JG, England
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The Mid Hants Railway, also known as the Watercress Line, operates steam...

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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Steam train and beer, what a combination

I have been trying to find the time to go on the RAT (real ale train) for years, and thanks to my son I had a belated fathers day present which was very welcome indeed. It did not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Alton
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been trying to find the time to go on the RAT (real ale train) for years, and thanks to my son I had a belated fathers day present which was very welcome indeed. It did not disappoint!! Pulled by real steam, the beer was well kept and very reasonably priced. Needless to say, a good time was had... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

having booked the santa train i have to say it was no way as special and i had hoped , the train was decorated beautifully , the stations as well so here is why i have given such a poor review , The windows on the train were dirty . The mince pie was in a wrapper , and not... More 

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Watercress_Line, Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I'm so sorry that your experience of our Santa Special did not meet your expectations. Please can you email us your feedback directly on marketing@watercressline.co.uk and then we will be able to respond directly to your concerns. Best wishes. The Watercress Line More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having read a couple of reviews I have to say we enjoyed the first Christmas lunch special (Dec 2nd) as we always do. We will be booking to return for Xmas 2017 (4 years on the trot so far) and are booked for Sunday Lunch in June.

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Watercress_Line, Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We really look forward to welcoming you back again in June. More 

Berkshire, United Kingdom
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281 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We experienced the Santa steam train on Christmas Eve and everyone in the family from Grandparents to 2 year old children loved it. Before the train left Alresford we were able to go up into the cab to see the engine and the coal being put in which was great. The volunteers work very hard but obviously enjoy working on... More 

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Watercress_Line, Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're so glad you had a good time and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2017. More 

Hook
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A magical experience on the preserved steam railway line. The staff had worked very hard to make this special for everyone. Couldn't have been more " christmassy".Lovely present from Father Christmas for our grandchild. we all loved it.

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Watercress_Line, Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're so glad you had a good time and you enjoyed "Christmassy" atmosphere! We hope to see you again. More 

Suffolk
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33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoy the delights of travelling on a steam train! Suitable for all ages. We attended the WWII Christmas Leave 1940's event which was most enjoyable. Lovely cold and frosty time of year to travel. Would be a lovely trip to take during the summer months too with picnic areas along the track. Many different events are put on over the... More 

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Watercress_Line, Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed this event. We have a similar 40s revival event in June (10th - 11th) called War on the Line so we hope to see you there! More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a great place to go if you want atmosphere. Santa seemed in a rush and presents in a bag and not wrapped. Thought we could get off at arlesford so didn't get off at ropley as didn't know. It wasn't going to arlesford as advertised. Boys got very bored.

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Watercress_Line, Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and I'm so sorry that your experience of our Santa Special did not meet your expectations. Please can you email us your feedback directly on marketing@watercressline.co.uk and then we will be able to respond directly to your concerns. Best wishes. The Watercress Line More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last train of Christmas Eve was superb. Lovely staff (volunteers) made us feel welcome. A chatty Santa talked to everyone and the cheery elves got us all to have a sing song. Lovely to see the stations lit up when it got dark my girls absolutely loved it. The teddy station masters they had as a present were lovely.

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Watercress_Line, Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We're so glad you had a good time. More 

Romsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a late birthday treat for our 2 year old grandson, who is mad about trains. It proved to be a fabulous day. The staff, both at the station, and on the trains, were great. Very friendly and helpful. A drink and a present for the kids, and a glass of wine (or orange juice) and a mince pie... More 

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Watercress_Line, Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your response. We're so glad you and a good time and happy birthday to your Grandson! More 

Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful fun! A party of 4 of us : 2 Mum's and a 3 year old and a 4 year old - seated round our own table (specify when you book and just check by email after, easy). A train, Father Christmas, presents - Christmas magic. Love it!

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Watercress_Line, Manager at The Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, responded to this review

Brilliant! So glad you all enjoyed yourself. More 

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