Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre

Type:Heritage Centre

Station Road, Ridgmont, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 0XP

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About

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre dates back to 1846 when it was built as one of the railway stations along the Marston Vale Line. At the request of the 7th Duke of Bedford it was built in a Gothic Rival style along with three other stations along the line that were within the Woburn Estate.

At the stations busiest period it served the London Brickworks, which is said to be the second largest brickworks in the world. The brickworks and Bedford Arms, which stood opposite, have since been demolished and replaced with the Marston Gate Distribution Centre. The station now stands as the only reminder of that industrial period.

The station though was not only a working railway station, it was a family home to many stationmasters, the last being Ernest Edward Bateman who lived at the station with his family and their pet pig ‘Mary’.

Following the automation of the Marston Vale Line the station building was abandoned and left to go derelict before its restoration in 2010.  

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre is now home to a museum displaying the original ticket office, a vintage tearoom and gift shop where you can purchase those all-important fridge magnets, or another souvenir of your visit.

Explore the station

Visitors to the station are free to explore the station and look around the ticket office at their leisure. Our volunteers are full of knowledge of the station and the railway line so if you have any questions or would like a guided tour please feel free to ask.

Experience an afternoon tea

The vintage tearoom provides the perfect place to stop and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake. For those who feel a bit hungrier there is also a menu available which includes sandwiches and light lunches.

If you are looking for something a bit more special, why not try our afternoon tea experiences. Please call or email in advance as these are made to order.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Pushchairs available

Groups

  • Guided tours for groups

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Conveniently located just off J13 of the M1. The building has its own car on the opposite side of the railway line. Disabled parking is available outside the Heritage Centre.

Public Transport Directions

Why not come by train? Hourly (approx) train service on the Bedford to Bletchley Marston Vale Line run Monday to Saturday.

You can buy tickets on the train if your joining station is unstaffed.

(Note: there are currently no trains on a Sunday, 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.

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Wednesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00

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