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Avon Valley Railway - A014

Bitton Railway Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HD

Tel: +44 (0)117 932 5538

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Steam Train at Avon Valley Railway Bristol

About

Avon Valley is your friendly, local, steam railway and they’re bringing back the sounds and smells of steam to the Avon Valley. Opened in 1869 by the Midland Railway as a through route between the Birmingham and the South Coast their line was later linked to the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway. Closed under the Beeching Axe of the 1960’s the line was preserved by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Today, 40 years on, three miles of track has been re-laid, locomotives and carriages restored, and the sound of steam can once again be heard along the Avon Valley.

They run trains on over 120 days each year (mainly at weekends and school holidays) and their station buffet is open every day except Christmas Day. You can see their beautifully restored Victorian station, take a ride in a heritage carriage behind one of the steam or diesel locomotives, enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the station buffet and pick up a railway-themed souvenir in the gift shop.

Dogs are welcome on the station site and trains on most days. The only exception are the Santa Steam Specials, some Family events and the dining trains. Avon Valley restrict access to dogs on some family events due to the large numbers of children present, some of whom can be scared by dogs.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Platform opens 10.00- 17 00. Please see website for train timetables and events.

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS

Awards

  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme (Silver) Green Tourism Business Scheme (Silver) 2012
  • Visit EnglandCode of Practice Code of Practice 2012

Further Information

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Train has specially converted area for wheelchair users
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    213
  • Very Good
    125
  • Average
    42
  • Poor
    16
  • Terrible
    14

Recent Reviews:

  • PoliteEngineer
    South West England
    Nice Santa Express, but no parking not even for the disabled!
    3 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 1st January 2020
    We live relatively close by, but as we had my mother with us for the weekend so drove to the site as she is disabled. We know that the site isn’t the largest, but as she has a disable badge didn’t... Read full review
  • Janet W
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    Festive spirit and happy and friendly staff and volunteers
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 27th January 2020
    Whilst in the area we decided to have a festive seasonal trip on a wonderful steam train, always fascinating to watch and experience this type of train. Good restaurant and facilities for everyone... Read full review
  • HGCuk
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Choo choo
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 8th February 2020
    We did this for our sons Christmas Santa expletive and he loved it. He had a toy, a chocolate bar and drink and we all thoroughly enjoyed the train ride. So worth it. Read full review

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Road Directions

On the A431 main road, approximately one mile from the town of Keynsham. Car parking spaces are available at Bitton station, and are free. Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info

Public Transport Directions

The nearest station to Bitton is Keynsham which is on the Bristol - Weymouth and Cardiff Central - Portsmouth Harbour train services. Buses 532 and 533 from Keynsham run twice an hour Monday to Saturday from the stop immediately across the road from Keynsham station car park entrance, From Bristol or Bath, you can ride along the popular Bristol/Bath Railway Path (Route 4 of the National Cycle Network). For comprehensive information about getting here by public transport, please visit TravelWest.info

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