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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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What a great evening. Thank you to all the volunteers that made our evening the best. We had a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Farnham, United Kingdom
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I went to this railway via a Cooks coach, we travelled on the 3pm steam train from Alresford to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
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On the A31 to Alresford or Alton, Alton SO24 9JG, England
+44 1962 733810
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Reviewed 2 days 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 3 days 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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Adventurespirt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good experience with a real period theme that take you back to the 1950s. Station all well maintained and well served by shops on the stations. Staff/volunteers all very helpful. Nice access to the engine shed at Ropley. Prices compare well with other steam...More

Thank Nick H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Alton station is on the Waterloo line and the heritage railway can be accessed by walking across the bridge from the network platform. The staff are very friendly and helpful. A round trip normally takes about two hours but if you want to stop for...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A full and enjoyable day out with 38 friends. A trip on the steam train to the works a Ropley, a guided tour of the works to get up close and personal with 100 ton steam engines undergoing restoration and repair or waiting for their...More

Thank MarkClayson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with some retired friends on a day trip from Brighton for a ride between Alton and Alresford which formed one activity of our day out. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and the nostalgia for the days of steam from our younger years. If you love...More

1  Thank Thomas G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of us went on the RAT (real ale train) evening, reserving a compartment for our group. Starting from Alton station it was a great experience going up and down the line four times. The evening went too quickly! This could be a rip...More

Thank dizzyandblonde
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Booked as a treat for my father's birthday we traveled down on the Saturday morning to enjoy the three course silver service dinner that evening. It was a real joy to see so many people strolling up to the station in their Sunday best and...More

Thank Matt H
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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.
6 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