Avon Valley Railway (AVR)
Avon Valley Railway (AVR)
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Geoff T
    Doncaster, United Kingdom119 contributions
    Santa Steamer Success
    Christmas with Santa and a train ride. Organisation was excellent on a freezing day. Heaters in the carriages working well. Snow and sun on a great day. Santa put on an excellent performance on the train and on his sled. My compliments to all the staff. Cheerx
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2022
  • paige w
    81 contributions
    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
    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
    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 Kingdom52 contributions
    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
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Mike R
10 contributions
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, UK52 contributions
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
Sep 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
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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Andy B
Chippenham, UK11 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
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!
Written 2 July 2023
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paige w
81 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 20 May 2023
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Heather B
Cranleigh, UK2 contributions
Apr 2023
Very poor and incredibly expensive. £52 for 3 overs 60s and 3 adults and a 5 year old. We went an incredibly short distance ( no views) to stop and be sat in the carriage for 10 minutes and then to go to end of line for another stop ( 15 mins) and photo opportunity ( steam train) and then repeat. What a trip! Even my 5 year old grandson was asking "Is that it? "

I love steam trains but this one was the worst I have been on ever. Sorry AVR. You are too expensive and do not offer any kind of experience, even the cafe had tired sausage rolls and coffee and nothing else. Staff ( volunteers) were only just courteous but not friendly. The best part was you are dog friendly.
Written 15 May 2023
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surajpal s
Bristol, UK7 contributions
Apr 2023 • Business
Was studying nearby and would pop in for tea coffee and food outstanding service delicious food definitely recommend
Written 19 April 2023
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ArthDrwg
Bristol, UK131 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Murder Mystery event.
Chaotic organisation.
Food was tepid at best, the vegatables were undercooked and the chicken was tasteless and dry. Service was dreadfully slow.
It stretched credulity to say that we were on a cruise ship, given that the event was based on classic rail carriages with a steam train.
The actors were amateurish at best.
The train went about 1 mile one way from the station, then 1 mile the other way. Then returned to the station.
We left as soon as we could get off the train. What a waste of time and money. Never again.
Written 16 April 2023
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Steve Rogers
England, UK15 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Absolutely shocking how short this was. Meant to be a round trip turned out to be linear. Up one end for five minutes. Sit in the middle of nowhere for ages. Pushed back to where start. Out for ten minutes. Stop. Middle of no where and then back to Bitton. Apparently plans to extend to Bath and good luck with that. Staff are all enthusiastic volunteers.
Written 9 April 2023
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AVON VALLEY RAILWAY (AVR): All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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