Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre

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.

Book your afternoon tea experience

We're open for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake, and afternoon tea (book in advance).

Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday - 10am to 4pm. Food is served 10am to 3pm

Call 01525 287120 or email tearoom@bedsrcc.org.uk.

Please note that full afternoon tea needs to be booked three days in advance. Adult's afternoon tea is £16.95 per person.

The heritage centre is open!

Thank you so much to John from Rainham Rail Enthusiast for his lovely review of Ridgmont Heritage Centre. Read his blog post or watch the video below:

man giving ticket through ticket window at heritage centre

Ridgmont Heritage Centre featured on BBC

In January the BBC published the article 'Your pictures on the theme of 'view from a window', showing different snippets of life in the past and present, all over the world. Photographer Alison Wilkerson sent in a picture of her husband David posing through the ticket window in Ridgmont heritage centre, and it was featured in the article!

Alison took the picture during a tour of the heritage centre after enjoying lunch at our tea rooms. She said: “I loved the way the window framed the image. One of my favourite films is ‘The Railway Children’.” Her husband, David was rather surprised to find his picture in the article, as Alison hadn't told him that she'd submitted the image.

The ticket window is part of the original ticket office from Ridgmont station, dating back to 1846. The building is currently celebrating its 175th anniversary year. Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership have lots more events planned this year to continue these celebrations.

We’re honoured that the article featured our heritage centre, and love the way it brings the history of the past into an article filled with so much life. Make sure to have a look at the rest of the BBC article to see the other brilliant images featured. Read our full article to find out more about the photograph, and the photographer behind it.

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 call 01525 287121 or email heritagecentre@bedsrcc.org.uk

Walks

There are a variety of circular and linear walks starting from the Heritage Centre.

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Getting here

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).

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, ask about GroupSave.

Driving

Conveniently located 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. Disabled parking is available outside the Heritage Centre.

By bus

Hop on the regular 34 Grant Palmer bus from Flitwick & Ampthill - it stops right outside the Heritage Centre!

Get bus timetables on the Grant Palmer website

Location

Station Road
Ridgmont
Bedfordshire
MK43 0XP