|Opening during COVID-19 restrictions Last updated: 01/12/2021
In line with latest government guidance, following the detection of the omicron variant, volunteers and visitors to the signal box at our scheduled open day on 5th December will be requested to wear a facemask or faceshield whilst in the signal box and other buildings on our site, unless they have an exemption.
Please note we no longer require wearing of masks in open spaces
The Signal Box is normally open to the public during the afternoons of the first Sunday of every month, excluding January, and the third Saturday of every month, excluding December. The site is also open to the public on special dates which will be put on this site. Scroll to the bottom of this page for opening dates. It is open between 11am and 4pm, and the admission charge is £2.50 per adult (accompanied children under 16 are free) – cash or card payments are available. Upgrade your payment to a £3 donation by gift-aid and receive a refreshments voucher as well! Members of the Friends of Romsey Signal Box, and special pass-holders, gain free admission. Note that the site can also be opened on special days for private groups, please get in touch for more information.
At the site, there is the signalbox and two pavilions containing various exhibits relating to railway signalling equipment, with a third pavilion being fitted out to become an education facility, which may open later in 2021 (although the “official” launch is planned for next year). We have a small cafe serving hot and cold drinks and cakes/biscuits, and a disabled-accessible toilet. The main signalbox has regular demonstrations of the work of a signalman. Elsewhere on the site there is a miniature lever frame with full size instruments which is based on the signal box at Cowley Bridge Junction, just outside Exeter. On Open Days this can often be seen being operated by a trained signalman (subject to available volunteers).
Coming by car/bike/on foot
If you have a SatNav, the post code for the housing in Brick Lane is SO51 8LG; the site is adjacent to house no. 28. We have very limited car parking adjacent to the site. Visitors with disabilities or very limited mobility may wish to reserve parking in advance by phone (01794 500523/07743 942576) or email. Alternative car parks and the route from them to the site are shown on the map in our publicity leaflet – see below.
The signal box is only a 5-minute walk from Romsey railway station: exit the station, and after just a few yards walk down Station Approach take the steps down to the left, then follow the footpath forwards between the fence and the railway embankment, and cross the footbridge over the canal (see the map on our information leaflet below).
The bus stop nearest to the site is on Winchester Road (“Abbey Lodge”) and is served by Bluestar line 4 to Southampton and Stagecoach route 66 to Winchester. Both services are half hourly on Saturdays and hourly on Sundays (as at November 2021). There are Bluestar line 5 buses to Eastleigh once every couple of hours on Saturdays only. Alternatively Romsey’s main bus station is a 10-15 minute walk away. Walking routes from the stops are shown on the map in our publicity leaflet – see below.
This publicity leaflet gives more information about the site, including what you can see. It also shows directions to the box from various car parks, bus and train stations around Romsey. Click the image to open it as an Acrobat (pdf) document. Note that this is the 2022 version.
Dates for 2022 below the 2021 table.
|November 2021||Sunday 7th; Saturday 20th|
|December 2021||Sunday 5th|
|January 2022||Saturday 15th|
|February||Sunday 6th; Saturday 19th|
|March||Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th; Saturday 19th.|
|April||Sunday 3rd; Saturday 16th.|
|May||Sunday 1st; Saturday 21st.|
|June||Sunday 5th; Saturday 18th.|
|July||Sunday 3rd; Saturday 16th.|
|August||Sunday 7th; Saturday 20th.|
|September||Sunday 4th; Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th (Heritage Open Days weekend – free admission both days)|
|October||Sunday 2nd; Saturday 15th|
|November||Sunday 6th; Saturday 19th|
|December 2022||Sunday 4th|