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Avon Valley Railway (AVR)

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Address: Bath Road | Bitton Station, Bristol BS30 6HD, England
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+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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Fantastic Xmas Treat

Went with sons family on the Santa Express and it was a glorious day out. Friendly staff, nice presents for the grand children and just a relaxing, joyful time for everyone... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Terence K
Bristol, United Kingdom

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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204 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with sons family on the Santa Express and it was a glorious day out. Friendly staff, nice presents for the grand children and just a relaxing, joyful time for everyone. Second year we have been and Xmas 2017 will see us there again I hope. Was on a tight schedule so didn't get to enjoy the station and the... More 

Thank Terence K
Bristol, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took our 3 Year old grandson on the Sherry and Mince Pie trip. It was an excellent event (obviously orange juice and Christmas biscuits for the children). The total journey lasted just under an hour which was just right (attention span) for a youngster He was fascinated by the steam engine moving from one end of the train to... More 

Thank rfi30
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 23 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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195 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 

Thank Ziggy123455
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

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