Visit this hidden gem at Ridgmont Railway Station on the Marston Vale rail line. The station building is built in the distinctive Victorian Gothic ‘Cottage Orné’ style, and the restoration has won a number of awards.
- Tea Room (telephone on 01525 287120 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Original Victorian (1846) Booking Office and Community Cabinet in association with SHARE Museums East hosting a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
- Gift Shop and Tourist Information Point
- Meeting room for hire (rates start at £10 per hour for room which will comfortably seat 15 people)
PLEASE NOTE: We are at present unable to accept payments via credit or debit cards.
Original Victorian Booking Office, Gift Shop & Tourist Information Point
Telephone: 01525 287121 when staffed
There are also rooms to lease for businesses or organisations. Currently premises are being used by www.halfling.uk and Techrail Consultancy
We’re now open:
- 9:00 – 3:00 Tuesday to Saturday (until 28th February) and thereafter 9:00 – 4:00 (booking recommended)
- 11:00 – 3:00 on Sunday (bookings only on Sundays)
Original Victorian Booking Office & Gift Shop
We’re now open:
- Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00 pm from 31st March to 15th December
Groups and school parties are welcome all year round by prior arrangement (see below for contact details).
Volunteer and Group Visiting Opportunities
There are a number of volunteering opportunities available at the Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre – the gift shop and original Victorian booking office are staffed by volunteers, and visits by schools and groups arriving by train are especially welcome. Group travel discounts are also available.
If you would like further details of both volunteering and group visiting opportunities, please contact Stephen Sleight at BRCC on 01234 832645 or email email@example.com
There are a variety of circular and linear walks starting from the Heritage Centre.
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Why not come by train? Hourly (approx) train service on the Bedford to Bletchley Marston Vale Line running Monday to Saturday – take the train to Ridgmont, have tea and cake in the Tea Room, look around the gift shop and heritage centre (if open), and then return on the next train. You can buy tickets on the train if your joining station is unstaffed.
(Note: there are currently no trains on Sundays – unless locally advertised for special event (for example Bedford River Festival). Also although the train service runs, the station building is closed on Mondays.)
Passengers with Bedfordshire concessionary bus passes may travel on the Marston Vale line at half fare. Parties of more than two adults can get reduced rate travel – reductions for accompanying children too – ask about GroupSave.
Conveniently located off just off J13 of the M1. The building has its own car park (height restriction 2.1m / 6′ 10″) on the opposite side of the railway line.
See map: Google Maps