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Avon Valley Railway

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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.

Extras

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

Video

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Map & Directions

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.

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).

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    202
  • Very Good
    117
  • Average
    38
  • Poor
    14
  • Terrible
    12

Recent Reviews:

  • Joy W
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Good for young kids and railway fans
    3 of 5 stars
    Friday, 31st August 2018
    We went to visit Avon Railway after getting a good deal on groupon. When we looked the timetable we thought you would get an hour of train travel up in reality the travel between stations was really... Read full review
  • Karen B
    London, England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    The train spent most of the time in the station
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 2nd September 2018
    We were on the train for about an hour. The train was only moving for about 20 minutes of that time. Quite disappointing. Read full review
  • Chris D
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A friendly most welcoming and most enjoyable day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 3rd September 2018
    We booked the Pines Express Dining Train for our visit and the food was just excellent-hot,well presented and plenty of it.A very obliging member went out of his way to take us around the site with... Read full review
Bitton Railway Station
Bath Road
Bitton
Bristol
BS30 6HD

Tel: +44 (0)117 932 5538

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

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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

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