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Xmas with Santa

We decided to take our kids and grandkids for a special trip to see SANTA and the Aln Railway... read more

Reviewed 16 December 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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An Entry Level Heritage Railway

They call it 'the Friendly Line' and that it is too. Everyone one that we met was keen to answer... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2018
Oswaldkirk, United Kingdom
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The Aln Valley Railway is re-opening the branch railway line which ran from Alnmouth on the Edinburgh to London main line up to Alnwick. Lionheart Station (use NE66 2HT for satnav) is open on advertised days, with parking, entry to museum, engine...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Lionheart Station Railway Access Road | Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick NE66 2EZ, England
+44 300 030 3311
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All reviews small museum driving experience enthusiastic volunteers future plans short train ride short space of time diesel loco working very hard diesel train main line cafe serving well worth a visit small fee sandwiches return visit couple of hours project
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Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

We decided to take our kids and grandkids for a special trip to see SANTA and the Aln Railway didn't disappoint. When we arrived a craft session was arranged for the kids who made paper reindeer before we got on the train to see Santa....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 December 2018

They call it 'the Friendly Line' and that it is too. Everyone one that we met was keen to answer question, and tell us more of what was happening now and their future plans. This heritage railway is only just staring to run trips, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Crane-Maker
Reviewed 2 October 2018

We met four of the AVR volunteers a week previous to our visit and wanted to support their gala by attending. What a wonderful experience - lovely café, super model railway exhibition, diesel driving experience (not at all rushed and a fabulous experience with a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rachel B
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

Such friendly volunteers who were happy to chat. A diesel train giving rides and a small museum plus the engine shed to look round. And entry was free. Nice

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 2 September 2018

We planned our visit to coincide with day one of the two day model railway exhibition. The narrow gauge train layouts were incredible with extremely detailed scenery, an example being the tiny smoke coming from one of the factory chimneys. I also liked the Lego...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Although the line is currently very short, it is growing every year. Steam trains currently run on Saturdays. There is a fascinating display of rail history and the second hand bookshop has some interesting curiosities.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Krokosh
Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Charming little retro railway with real steam. Inexpensive and interesting. There’s not much here but it is very worthwhile. Friendly staff and a close up view of what is going on.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We visited with our 4 year old son and dog. £5 each for adults, son & dog went free. We could ride as often as we wanted. Hubby paid an extra £10 to drive the train and son got to toot the horn.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jo k
Reviewed 7 August 2018

To complete a previously erased railway route to meet with the East Coast mainline from a field is a massive task especially when you consider they are all volunteers. This is a job in progress and to have such a decent attraction with steam engines,museum,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

On first impressions it doesn’t seem great but it truly is. The steam train ride was brilliant and we enjoyed having a go at driving a real diesel train. The staff there are fantastic, especially Gavin. A wonderful place and our children were thrilled!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from DottieOnWheels | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure if you contact the railway they would be more than happy to help.