Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre

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Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre
4.5
Visitor Centres • Points of Interest & Landmarks
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Heritage Centre shares the 1846 Victorian former station building with the Ridgmont Station Tea Room (a separate business). The Heritage Centre is run by volunteers and provides a gift shop and a small but growing collection of railway-related artifacts in the restored former booking office. We tell the story of the Marston Vale line between Bedford and Bletchley, as well as future proposals for the East-West rail project of which the line is part and also the proposed Bedford-Milton Keynes Canal/waterpark project (which will pass nearby). The Heritage Centre is currently usually open Thursday - Saturday, although we can also open for pre-arranged group visits at other times (please email for details). The Tea Room complements the Heritage Centre but is currently open for advance booking only. Please phone ahead to make sure we are open before travelling.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,464 contributions
Piece of History
May 2021
The Ridgmont Heritage Centre is just off the A507 near the Amazon warehouse. It is in the station building.

There are plenty of things to see showing the history of the station and the Marston Vale line. There are lots of pix from the steam era as well as more recent pictures up to the more recent age.

There are is a gift shop which has lots of things to buy.

I received a friendly welcome and the volunteer was happy to answer any questions I had.
Written 31 May 2021
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Barbara W
2 contributions
Favourite place for afternoon tea
Jun 2020
Absolutely beautiful station house dressed with exquisite china, a real step back in time to the forties/fifties. Beautiful surroundings serving fabulous food. Can't wait for it to reopen
Written 15 May 2021
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Juebobs
Beds37 contributions
Fantastic tea room
Sep 2019 • Couples
We went to Ridgmont Station tea room, following recommendations, for a birthday celebration for my father in law, who is partial to cake...
A warm welcome was had, along with copious amounts of tea and coffee. Sandwiches came first, on the freshest bread we’ve had for a high tea, lemon posset followed, before the most moistest of scones with clotted cream, jam and chocolate coated strawberries and little meringues. Such was the sheer amount of food, we ended up with a doggie bag. Fabulous crockery, great service and wonderfully decorated rooms.
Would highly recommend,
They only take cash...
Written 6 September 2019
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Duncan567
Rushden, UK113 contributions
Family day out
Dec 2018 • Family
Lovely little stop find out about how the station used to look and how it worked great for the kids also
Written 15 December 2018
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verena e
Milton Keynes, UK9 contributions
Nostalgic and quant
Dec 2018
This is a beautiful small tearooms in what was the old station house where the trains still stop...The interior is set in time and enhanced with lovely bone china which your food is served on and tea etc the music of the era playing in the background...Have been on two occasions first time a beautiful lunch and this last sunday we booked for the festive high tea..And it was scrumptious.first mulled wine .assorted sandwiches mini quiche..beautiful panacotta with compote..a variety of mince pies assorted xmas delights.and the best scones ever all warm with vast amount of clotted cream and strawberry jam...Heaven !!!Then lovely china teapots full of English tea and also coffee....so much ..but it was a lovely one off treat...The staff amazing customer service attitude....nothing too much trouble..YOU HAVE TO BOOK most times to guarantee a table as its very limited..You should all try it...Fabulous experience...Forgot to tell you too about the homemade scrumptious cakes....
Written 11 December 2018
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bagladymitch
Bedford, UK56 contributions
Welcoming and friendly
Nov 2017 • Friends
Arrived with my elderly mother-in-law after a freezing morning of shopping to be greeted by a friendly and warm atmosphere.
We went to the tearoom and had a lovely big pot of tea. My MIL had a piece of home made cherry and almond cake while I had a toasties. The cake was a nice big chunk which would normally be too much for her but she enjoyed it so much she ate the lot. My toastie came with some vegetable chips and salad.
After, we asked to see the booking room and the lovely gentleman took us through. He was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour.
The gift shop had a few unusual gifts and souvenirs
This is a very small place but organised really well that you feel you have gone back in time. Well worth a visit and I will definitely be back for an afternoon tea
Written 30 November 2017
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Charlotte P
Cambridge, UK33 contributions
Hidden!
Sep 2017 • Family
Off the beaten track and not what you'd expect! Lovely couple who greeted us and both full of knowledge, good display of information and small shop. We combined our visit with a trip to the tea room.
Written 23 September 2017
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crag1975
Bushey, UK56 contributions
Visit while at the tea rooms
Aug 2017 • Family
Friendly people greeted us. Seeing the old photos was interesting and there was a lovely souvenir shop there too.
Written 16 August 2017
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Michael K
Milton Keynes, UK106 contributions
Breakfast
Jun 2017 • Couples
good Sunday breakfast staff very helpful place was full which tells you something good choice would go again better deal than Frosts
Written 31 July 2017
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joe_green
reading378 contributions
The Hayday is over
Apr 2017 • Family
This is a very small attraction. I think it used to be a ticket and waiting room. There is now a tea room in it which seems to take up all the space. Sometimes they have small exhibitions and children’s activities organised around Halloween, Christmas and Easter theme..

Inside you do not get the feeling you are going back to a bygone era. It is all rather cramped and difficult to get around in. I think the outside looks much better and you perhaps get the essence of what it must have been all about.

Around Ridgmont station there is nothing to do as there is a giant Amazon Warehouse on one side and the M1 junction on the other.

You have to let your imagination turn the clock back 70 years to appreciate the station's hayday. Obviously the volunteers do there best to preserve it.
Written 31 May 2017
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Dear joe_green Thanks for your review - reading your comment I can only imagine that you didn't get to see all we have to offer - perhaps you only visited one of the tea rooms? You're correct when you say one of the tea rooms used to be one of the waiting rooms - in fact Tea Room 1 is the former Ladies (only) Waiting Room (the Gentlemen had to make do in the outside shelter or in the public ticket office). Tea Room 2 has various heritage items on display and was, in fact, part of the Station House where the Station Master lived with his family, as also was the room now containing the gift shop. Through the gift shop you can access the restored 1846 ticket office, where we have varying pictorial and artifact displays relating to the history of the Marston Vale line, and of the families that lived and worked at the Station House, as well as ticketing and signalling equipment and other items of interest. Entrance to the booking office is usually led by one of our enthusiastic volunteers, who tell the story, some of whom have connections with the station from the past. Out on the platform we have a restored London & North Western Railway platform seat, which demonstrates the style of seating from Victorian/Edwardian times. In the locality we have a number of walks of varying distances and interests, including one that encompasses Woburn Safari Park - leaflets/guides are under development and will be available for these walks in the future. We may be a small site but we try to pack in as much as possible, and will continue to add to the collections on display as time and finances permit.
Written 2 August 2017
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