Avon Valley Railway (AVR)
Avon Valley Railway (AVR)
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • paige w
    81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Murder mystery nigjt
    Just got back from a murder mystery evening- Death of a Diva. What a fantastic night! The actors were brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Such a laugh and I’m pleased to say we guessed correctly. Only gripe was that I wish we had a little more time to play detective between eating and the time spent on the platform. Main meal was ok, brownies were excellent. Thanks for a great night.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 May 2023
  • Andy B
    Chippenham, United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Let off steam with a cream tea.
    Easy to book seats if you're early enough as the Cream Tea experience is very popular, and I can now see why! Choice of tea or coffee served with fresh warm scone, with ample strawberry jam and clotted cream. A 6 mile up and down trip with interim stops for engine to turn around. Lovely experience, open views of countryside and very comfortable seats. Highly recommended even if you're not a train spotter!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Matthew W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dining experience
    I can't review this experience highly enough. The staff, carriage, service and all food was exceptional. It doesn't matter that the journey is only 3 miles and the views weren't always amazing, didn't really notice and what can you expect? It's hardly Venice after all. I would recommend to anybody for a nice relaxing afternoon and lovely food etc. Well done to the whole team, who by the way are doing it in their own time for free.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • MLH00014
    Tetbury, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delicious Chocolate Afternoon Tea on a Steam Train
    I booked a chocolate afternoon tea on a steam train as part of my partners birthday present and we had a wonderfully relaxing afternoon on board Martha! We were greeted with Baileys hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and grated chocolate which was very welcome and delicious. We moved onto pots of tea and then our sandwiches, chocolate chip scones and a delicious selection of cakes. Nothing was too much trouble from what we assumed were volunteer staff, as this is a charity, and we were even offered extra sandwiches, cakes and tea! A really decadent way to spend an afternoon!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • matt34812
    Bath, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really magical Santa express
    We went on the Santa express just before Christmas and it was brilliant. Our kids loved it! The staff/ volunteers were friendly and attentive. The treats on the train were lovely and it was really nice that Father Christmas did the rounds on the train.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
  • Slmitchell90
    Bristol, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon Tea with Santa
    It was incredible. We entered the station through a grassy area with two donkeys and elves helping them. We got shown to our carriage-each party had its own particular compartment We had 3 adults and one child in ours. First of all we got offered drinks - tea coffee, apple or orange juice. These got refilled thought out the meal whenever required. We then got our tea. A beautiful 3 tiered cake stand with sandwiches, and mini cakes. The children had an iced Santa biscuit , a mini cornflake cake and a mini chocolate brownie and each adult had 3 mini cakes each too. Whilst eating the tea each child was called in turn to go and see Santa and get a pressy. You could also take photos. This went on until each child was called. The train stopped at the end of the line for all the children to see Santa and get their present 🎁. A great start to Christmas. Will definitely go again!!!!!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 January 2024
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Sophie R
Henley-on-Thames, UK13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I echo the review below, very disappointing and we were not warned in advance that half of the journey was closed due to flooding until we had already driven 40 minutes to get there, despite them having known about this the day before, and we had booked tickets weeks ago. There was nothing to make the experience even remotely special for the children despite it being a half term special. Even trying to get parked was stressful. We regretted choosing to come here for our family day today.
Written 14 February 2024
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Nicole S
Cardiff, UK683 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Thank goodness this was half price for half term at least we were only slightly ripped off for our 10 minute return journey, with views of the rusty train graveyard and local housing estate. At the point of actually picking up some some speed we then stopped and turned around. That was the end of that. Admitted the line was partially closed due to flooding but still poor value for money with a zero experience for both adults and children. Food and drinks beforehand in the buffet were expensive and disappointing. Not worth the drive up from Cardiff.
Written 12 February 2024
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Carol S
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Our first visit to the Buffet
The staff were very welcoming
Food ordered and mugs of tea provided ...we were told a 30 minute wait as very busy
We didn't mind
When the food arrived it was piping hot, well cooked and delicious .
The only criticism is the first carriage was full so we went into the second carriage that was empty and a little chilly
We will be back great value for money and a lovely atmosphere
Written 13 January 2024
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Harriet L
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We visited this Saturday
Our last visit was with some family around a year ago and on that visit we walked into what felt like a lovely environment, helpful and happy staff who were very prompt with their service. From what I can remember our food from the time before was good value for money and was pleasant.

‘The buffet’ was run down before and it really felt like nothing changed.

Today We ordered 2 engine driver breakfasts which came out somewhat warm. We were told when ordering they’d run out of eggs, which we were substituted with an extra slice of bacon. However not ideal
For what we were served, I would say it wasn’t over priced but definitely underwhelming

The authentic train carriages, although a lovely idea are freezing cold, damp and dingy.

The lady who greeted us on the till seemed to be the only member of staff who was happy to be there. As for the young lad who brought us our food, he had no costumer skills and although he wasn’t rude he didn’t say anything.

What used to be a nice little place seems to have gone down hill and no effort to make the place more welcoming and joyful

There are plenty other cafes within a 10 minute drive, I would recommend checking them out instead
Written 6 January 2024
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Slmitchell90
Bristol, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
It was incredible. We entered the station through a grassy area with two donkeys and elves helping them.
We got shown to our carriage-each party had its own particular compartment We had 3 adults and one child in ours.
First of all we got offered drinks - tea coffee, apple or orange juice. These got refilled thought out the meal whenever required. We then got our tea. A beautiful 3 tiered cake stand with sandwiches, and mini cakes. The children had an iced Santa biscuit , a mini cornflake cake and a mini chocolate brownie and each adult had 3 mini cakes each too. Whilst eating the tea each child was called in turn to go and see Santa and get a pressy. You could also take photos. This went on until each child was called. The train stopped at the end of the line for all the children to see Santa and get their present 🎁.
A great start to Christmas. Will definitely go again!!!!!
Written 6 January 2024
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matt34812
Bath, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We went on the Santa express just before Christmas and it was brilliant. Our kids loved it! The staff/ volunteers were friendly and attentive. The treats on the train were lovely and it was really nice that Father Christmas did the rounds on the train.
Written 28 December 2023
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Mike R
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Went into the cafe today for lunch only to find what we wanted although shown on the menu was not available as the cook did not have time to make it,why not take it off the menu.
Went for a Fireman's breakfast at £8.50 each and were told there would a wait but it would be worth waiting for,not in our opinion.
Waited 45mins for something that certainly was not worth waiting for,cold and no taste to it similar to the 2 like warm cappuccinos we had at £3.25 each,certainly no baristas.
We ate the food because by that time we were at a loss of where else we could go.
Mentioned our concerns to the staff on the way out where we told that if we had said before they would have given us a fresh meal something we thought we were getting having waited 45 mins.
A refund was suggested but a boss/manager got involved who said as we had eaten the meal,something I had already said,he did not feel a refund was appropriate but would ensure we got a hot fresh meal next time we went in.
Having recently had a pub,with a very nice environment, all day breakfast for £6.50 in Witney recently which was tastier and more content I feel thus establishment is overpriced with poor service.
Written 19 October 2023
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MLH00014
Tetbury, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I booked a chocolate afternoon tea on a steam train as part of my partners birthday present and we had a wonderfully relaxing afternoon on board Martha! We were greeted with Baileys hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and grated chocolate which was very welcome and delicious. We moved onto pots of tea and then our sandwiches, chocolate chip scones and a delicious selection of cakes. Nothing was too much trouble from what we assumed were volunteer staff, as this is a charity, and we were even offered extra sandwiches, cakes and tea!
A really decadent way to spend an afternoon!
Written 16 October 2023
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Mani A
Bristol, UK147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Wow what a lovely experience. 50 minutes ride on a steam train. Grandson (2.5 years old) got to go onto the engine and the volunteers were so nice and helpful and very knowledgeable.
Written 10 September 2023
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Matthew W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I can't review this experience highly enough. The staff, carriage, service and all food was exceptional. It doesn't matter that the journey is only 3 miles and the views weren't always amazing, didn't really notice and what can you expect? It's hardly Venice after all. I would recommend to anybody for a nice relaxing afternoon and lovely food etc. Well done to the whole team, who by the way are doing it in their own time for free.
Written 7 August 2023
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AVON VALLEY RAILWAY (AVR): All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Avon Valley Railway (AVR) is open:
  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
  • Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00