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.

Sorry we are temporarily closed

The Heritage Centre and Tea Room are temporarily closed - the building will re-open on Wednesday 4 November.


PLEASE NOTE: We are at present unable to accept payments via credit or debit cards.

Tea Room

Visit our delightful Tea Room situated in the former Ladies Waiting Room in the Grade II listed Victorian Ridgmont Railway Station building.

Menu currently offers soups, jacket potatoes, freshly made sandwiches, salad lunches, plus cakes and cream teas. Ask about the special afternoon tea available to book.

Telephone: 01525 287120 (advance booking required)

PLEASE NOTE: We are at present unable to accept payments via credit or debit cards.

Opening times

From the 9th of July - Thursday to Saturday 12:00 - 4:00 pm
(advance booking required - ring: 01525 287120 )

Original Victorian Booking Office (Museum) & Gift Shop

Telephone:  01525 287121 when staffed.

Opening times

From 9th of July -  Thursday to Saturday 12:00 - 4:00 pm - please phone to check we're open before travelling.

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 stephens@bedsrcc.org.uk


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.


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


Station Road
MK43 0XP