Avon Valley and Keynsham

You don’t have to travel far out of central Bristol to find scenic countryside and some calmer places to explore. Follow the River Avon east out of the city to discover heritage steam railways, animal parks and riverside pubs. 

Explore the Avon Valley

Situated between Bristol and Bath, the Avon Valley sits either side of the River Avon. A popular way to enjoy it is by taking a relaxing cruise along the river from Bristol city centre to Beese's riverside pub with Bristol Ferry or Bristol Packet Boat Trips.  

Further up the Avon Valley, you'll find Avon Valley Railway at Bitton, which offers steam train rides throughout the year. More fun can be found at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park , an attraction spanning 50 acres of beautiful countryside with indoor and outdoor play areas, plus many farm animals and exotic species. You can also stay on the on-site Avon Valley campsite during the summer months to be even closer to the fun! 

If you’re a fan of all things horror, don’t miss FEAR at Avon Valley Scream Park in October, which has won countless awards for its terrifying scare mazes and experiences. 


If you’re visiting attractions in the area, the small town of Keynsham is a great place to stop off for some refreshment. The high street has a selection of cafes, bars and restaurants, and its station is also served by regular trains to Bristol, Bath and London. You can also reach Keynsham easily by bus from Bristol or Bath. 

Enjoy a riverside pub lunch or drinks at Lock Keeper, or award-winning wood-fired pizzas at B-Block, which is situated in a former chocolate factory. If you want to stock up on some local produce, browse the shelves and deli counter at Flourish Foodhall, where you can also stop for lunch in their restaurant

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