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Avon Valley Railway

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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.

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.



  • Gift Shop


  • 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


  • 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


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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. Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from

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



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • _debbiebeacham1
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Not welcoming
    2 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 12th May 2019
    When we got there it was chaos cars and push bikes every where. There was no one to direct us to blue badge parking places. As we walked to the ticket office one of the two men(volunteer)spat on the... Read full review
  • MoonRaker4
    Wiltshire, England
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    OK steam train ride but lacks proper destinations & too many run-rounds
    3 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 29th May 2019
    I visited the Avon Valley Railway at Bitton over Easter. My review of their cafe is posted separately on TA. A ticket for the complete round trip costs £8.50 which is reasonable but there are a few... Read full review
  • davidwharvey
    Rushall, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Fish & Chips on the move
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 5th June 2019
    We took my mobility challenged and elderly father in law on the special fish & chip trip. The staff there could not have been more helpful in getting my father in law onto the train. The service was... Read full review
Bitton Railway Station
Bath Road
BS30 6HD

Tel: +44 (0)117 932 5538


  • VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS


  • 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 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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

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