Explore the railway with two tickets for the price of one when you visit by train using South Western Railway! Travel by mainline railway to Alton station, walk over the bridge onto platform 3 and redeem your 2 for 1 offer at the Watercress Line ticket office.*
Whatever the time of year, there is always so much to see and do at the Watercress Line! With 10 miles of track and four beautiful stations to visit by steam or diesel train in the rolling Hampshire countryside.
Fares give you all day unlimited travel, so you can explore all four stations, see behind the scenes in the engineering workshops and visit the nearby towns all on one ticket. Enjoy a delicious lunch, cream tea or slice of cake and a drink at the picturesque West Country Buffet at Alresford station. Get up close to magnificent engines in the loco yard and find out more about restoration projects in the viewing galleries, or let the kids run wild on the play area while you enjoy a picnic at the picturesque Ropley station. Find out more about the role of the Goods clerk at the Delivering the Goods exhibition at Medstead and Fourmarks, as well as experiencing the 1 in 60 climb up to the station also known as 'going over the Alps'.
At the Alton end of the line you can also join the railway by mainline train, just an hour from London Waterloo. This bustling market town has a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern shops, with its own Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery and links to Jane Austen’s House Museum in nearby Chawton.
Throughout the year there are special events including a Day Out With Thomas, War on the Line and Steam Galas as well as a variety of dining trains and our popular Real Ale Train.
*Terms and Conditions: Valid during standard travel days only (not valid during special events), cheapest ticket free. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or discount, including priv cards. Only valid with 2 for 1 voucher, downloadable from https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/watercress-line or taken from the Days Out Guide leaflet'
Santa Specials - until Christmas
Travel in a festive train carriage for a magical trip where Santa and his jolly helpers visit you in your seat with a gift. Grown-ups get treated to white wine and mince pies, whilst children enjoy a soft drink and a gingerbread man. Each child will also receive an activity pack to keep them entertained on this enchanting one hour journey. Don’t forget to bring your very best singing voice to join in with your favourite Christmas songs too!
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This Christmas, the Watercress Line invite you to join civilian and military re-enactors and experience the atmosphere of a WWII Christmas on the railway.
Whether this is a trip down memory lane, or a chance to make new memories, it is the perfect place to bring your family and guests after Christmas.
On both the 26 and 27 December, the Watercress Line's period stations will host re-enactors and the general public enjoying wartime music, steam and seasonal merriment. Come and join them for this unique experience.
Your ticket will include all day travel on the railway, and you can hop on and off at all 4 stations enjoying the 40's entertainment on offer.
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