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Avon Valley Railway

Add Avon Valley Railway to your Itinerary

Steam Train at Avon Valley Railway Bristol


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.



  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

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


  • 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

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

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

Establishment Features

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

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


  • Watch the video. Click the arrow to begin

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).


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • andyc6502018
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Overpriced & disappointing
    3 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 2nd January 2018
    We visited on Dec 24 to kick start Christmas for our 5 year old son. This was our first & most likely last visit. The station was poorly presented & decorated as were the majority of the employees... Read full review
  • PembrokeshireAnnie
    Trip Type:
    Nice Trip
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 14th December 2017
    We have been on this railway many times not a very long journey but nice for the children especially at Christmas and Theme days. Read full review
  • A D
    Trip Type:
    Christmas Lunch
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 14th December 2017
    An excellent pre-booked lunch in a grounded vintage railway carriage! Three menu choices for each of 2 or 3 courses; beer & wine available. Large helpings and helpful staff. No trains running that... Read full review
Bitton Railway Station
Bath Road
BS30 6HD

Tel: +44 (0)117 932 5538

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  • 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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