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Avon Valley Railway (AVR)

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Address: Bitton Station Bath Road | Bitton Station, Bristol BS30 6HD, England
Phone Number: +44 117 932 5538
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Bristol and Bath's heritage steam railway, offering a six mile round trip...

Bristol and Bath's heritage steam railway, offering a six mile round trip which takes passengers along sections of the old Midland Railway, providing a chance to see the magnificent River Avon Valley from a unique viewpoint.

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Brilliant trip to see Santa

We caught the 1030 Sunday train to see Father Christmas with our 2 young children. Arrived just after 10 and parked very easily (the car park was filling up quickly so defo... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Andrew Y
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We caught the 1030 Sunday train to see Father Christmas with our 2 young children. Arrived just after 10 and parked very easily (the car park was filling up quickly so defo recommend arriving 15-20 mins before your train so it's a nice easy stroll in and you have time to look at the train etc first). We had a... More 

Thank Andrew Y
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My grandkids love it it's good to let them know how train's really work if it's not to busy. Sometimes the people who work there tell them all about to see young children taking a interest in it is great my two grandchildren that live here love it and when our two grandchildren come down from London they can't wait... More 

Thank Robert L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

An absolute must for any steam train enthusiast or even those that just like to see steam trains. A full on experience all day. You can do as much or as little as you like. You get to drive, act as fireman and as a guard. You are instructed all the way by very enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff at all... More 

Thank Robert L
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

I went there today with my partner and unfortunately I have to say how disappointed we are. We have been coming here for ages, parking in the car parks and cycling into either Bristol or Bath and then on our return, we enjoy a well earned cake and a hot chocolate from the shop and this has always been great.... More 

Thank gillcodling
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Don't bother is all I can say - if you're unlucky enough to get past the parking police then there isn't anything to do anyway. Waste of time.

Thank Jess C
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

The Avon Valley railway runs for a few miles in a leafy suburb of Bristol, down across more open field to the River Avon,. Access if from the central Bitton Station, where there's a cafe/tea room and small souvenir shop, as well as yards to which the public are not admitted. Trains tend to run fairly frequently as it's such... More 

Thank MKMapman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We recently took our five year old granddaughter to see The Railway Children, performed in the open air on the platform, complete with a real steam train puffing into the station to co-incide with various events in the story. It was absolutely superb and an evening we shall remember for a long time. The acting was excellent - the actors... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Wifey and I decided to visit a line not previously visited for a change. Travelling by car we chose a mid week, mid summer day to go and had no particular problems finding Bitton station in the outer suburbs of Bristol. After a refreshing cup of tea and BLT sandwich courtesy of the fine station tea room we sat on... More 

Thank sarkyarky
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

A group of us opted for a steam trip with afternoon tea for £19. We all arrived in good time and took our places on Martha - a first class dining carriage very nicely laid for afternoon tea (with a glass of Prosecco). We all departed for Oldland (engine changed ends), then departed for Avon Riverside (passing through Bitton) then... More 

Thank Andrew B
Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This is such a lovely railway. The only slight complaint that I had was that the steam train that was running had most of the coaches filled with dinning cars and only one coach that was able to carry passengers, which I was disappointed about and travelled on the diesel train. This was a very enjoyable experience thought and will... More 

Thank herefordliz

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