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Hampshire Steam Railway Holiday

HH5 - Watercress Line

Hampshire Hover

It’s breezy down South

Holiday date: Friday, 4th October 2024
5 days for  £1089 per person
£2178 for two people sharing
Single supplement £200
Tour reference: HH5/1

The South Coast of England boasts a profusion of nostalgic transport attractions in a condensed area – perfect for us. On the flip side, things down south aren’t cheap, so you are going to have to read between the lines to appreciate the exceptional value this offers.

Holiday Highlights

“Over the Alps” on the Watercress Line
Naval History at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
A day on the Isle of Wight flying in one direction!
More southern steam on the Swanage Railway
Narrow gauge at Exbury and the Moors Valley
The National Motor Museum in the New Forest

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

We meet early afternoon at Winchester and our first steam train ride comes courtesy of the Mid Hants Railway running through “The Alps”. This is a pristine recreation of the Southern Railway with all stations genuinely restored to their original glory.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

Why the Hampshire Hover? Today answers that as we cross to the Isle of Wight by the UK’s only remaining scheduled hovercraft service. Time on the island for a ride with both the Island Line and the lovely steam railway. Then, we’ll tour to the western end of Vectis and cross back to the mainland via the Lymington ferry and rail to Brockenhurst.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

More seaside stuff today in another circular day out. By rail to Bournemouth and then the Breezer bus service, over Sandbanks Ferry, to the Isle of Purbeck. Two steamy attractions follow. Firstly, the Swanage Railway, including options to visit quaint Corfe Castle, followed by an afternoon visit to our friends at the Moors Valley Railway. Miniature steam on a fully signalled, looping, track and engineering interest as much is built here on site.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

In the New Forest we will find the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Not only a huge collection of vehicles but an elevated monorail and stately home to keep us engaged. Afterwards it’s Exbury Gardens to ride on the Rothchild’s personal steam railway and a wander around the estate.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 5 - Tuesday

To round things off we catch a train to Portsmouth Harbour and stroll into the Historic Dockyard. So much to see and do here with nautical exhibitions, the Mary Rose, a harbour boat tour and HMS Victory. Homeward bound journeys will commence from the harbour station after lunchtime.

Meals: Breakfast


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Our Hotel(s)

3 Star

The Potters Heron Hotel, Ampfield

A super country base in which to stay. The public areas are well appointed and reside underneath
the thatched roof of this historic coaching inn. The accommodation is all “out the back” in a modern extension that is blissfully quiet as it’s surrounded by the hotel’s plush grounds and countryside beyond.

Features and Facilities

Bar / lounge
24-hour front desk
Ironing service
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
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