Bure Valley Railway
Bure Valley Railway
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Bure Valley Railway is a narrow gauge steam railway operating between the market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the capital of the Norfolk Broads a distance of nine miles. All coaches are fully enclosed with upholstered seats, heating is provided in the winter months. An 80-seat café is available at Aylsham offering freshly cooked light lunches, snacks, and drinks. Specially designed coaches are provided to allow wheelchair users and able-bodied passengers to travel together. Both Aylsham and Wroxham stations have step-free access. Ample free parking for cars and coaches is available at both stations. Children under 5 travel free. Trains operate daily from April - October with other special events throughout the year. Festive trains operate from the first weekend in December until Christmas Eve
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Explorer57741630226
    4 contributions
    Magical Steam train ride
    What a wonderful surprise and worth the money paid we did the Easter express which the boy got an egg at the end. Nice steam train ride and you get your own part of the carriage (4seats) even though only 3 of us. Would have been 5 stars but there was no mind your head signs getting out or in the carriage and seen lots of people hitting their heads. If done again would do Aylsham to Wroxham though and then have longer in Wroxham before we returned.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 April 2023
  • Susieporkymonkey
    Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom9 contributions
    Absolutely Fab-u-lous!
    We had a brilliant day. The whole experience was fabulous. The people we met in the ticket office/shop (at both ends of the journey), in the cafe, on the train and on the platforms (at both ends of the journey) were friendly, helpful and accommodating of our requests. We bought sandwiches and cakes from the cafe at Aylsham and ate them at the picnic benches at Wroxham station whilst watching the engine being turned by hand in preparation for the return journey. The railway run runs alongside the Bure Valley footpath, with links to other circular walks, and the river for some of the journey. We love the sights, sounds and smells of steam trains! A experience not to be missed.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Barb S
    218 contributions
    Excellent journey
    We had a lovely welcome, when we arrived to pick up our pre booked tickets. I explained that my dog couldn't come as she was ill. The lady have me a small bag of dog biscuits, so she didn't miss out. I have a mobility scooter and we were pit in the saloon coach, accessible by a ramp. We got going, at quite a surprising speed. We loved our journey to Wroxham, about 45 minutes. When we got off , we walked in to Wroxham, about 20 minites. We'd have quite happily paid for a shuttle bus. There's a large bookshop at Wtoham. Thejourney back was just as good. We thoroughly enjoyed our journey.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Bert
    Upminster, United Kingdom16 contributions
    Burilliant
    Travelled to Aylsham on a coach trip and visited Bure Valley Railway. We had a 2 course roast lunch in the cafe which was delicious (roast beef and all the trimmings with crumble and custard to follow). Compliments to the chef. We boarded the stream train to Wroxham with rather tiny but quaint carrages which had very comfortable seating. Lovely views of the Norfolk countryside. The experience was great and would recommend. All the staff were very friendly.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 June 2023
  • NessieMonster896
    Leicester, United Kingdom47 contributions
    Small but perfectly formed!
    A lovely day out with my partner and dad who is a steam fan. The carriage was comfortable with a breeze through the open windows. Loved spotting the metal sculptures along the Bure Valley footpath which runs next to the track. Friendly staff. A great day out.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,229 contributions
    Well Worth A Visit
    Very pleasant run out through some beautiful countryside from Aylsham to Wroxham. Being a narrow gauge railway, the carriages are necessarily a little small for larger/ taller people. There are several steam ebgines to see.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 July 2023
  • thecriticalcook
    Horley, United Kingdom77 contributions
    Lovely little railway
    Lovely day out on this great little railway . Friendly service on reception and in the cafe . Reasonable prices in cafe , huge freshly baked cheese scones and hot drinks for two £11.80. Return journey to wroxham 45 mins each way £19 per adult . Lovely scenery . There is a footpath all along the track if you fancy walking one way (9 miles) . Cafes at both stations and an excellent second hand bookshop at wroxham station . Comfortable padded bench seats in carriages and all the joy of travelling in a steam train . Loved our visit .
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Ray N
    Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom1,134 contributions
    Great Little Railway
    I did this journey from Wroxham to Aylsham as I had arrived at Wroxham station on the train from Norwich. It was a lovely scenic ride to Aylsham although at times the train was in a cutting so the views were slightly obscured. The journey takes around 45 minutes in each direction. You are given a ticket with your carriage number and compartment on it. Aylsham station has a cafe and there is a large shop selling souvenirs and model railway bits including complete sets. Well worth doing if you are the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • lisa
    Solihull, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Fantastic relaxed few hours.
    Brilliant few hours, very helpful staff from when I rang to enquire about disabled access as my dad can not walk very far. We were reserved a carriage with double opening doors and ramps so he could easily access the train with his mobility walker. Wheelchairs are welcome. Just ring and reserve. All the staff were so friendly and helpful, we all had a fabulous trip. Would definitely recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 July 2023
  • CK040910
    Sheffield, United Kingdom84 contributions
    Never disappoints 😊
    We had a lovely ride into Wroxham and back. Friendly service and clean comfortable carriages. A very slick operation which never disappoints, the kids had great fun in the play train at Aylsham and the bookshop at Wroxham is fantastic. Brilliant for all ages.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
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ChloeHiorns2109
Market Harborough, UK24 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We visited for the Teddy Bear express. 3 adults and 2 children. Good value for a wet day out. Went from Wroxham to Aylsham and back again. The whislestop cafe was absolutely excellent. The staff were working hard to service a busy cafe and the food was good value and tasty. Lots of choice too.
Written 22 February 2024
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Gail B
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Took the children on the teddy bear express and very disappointed with what we got. The only entertainment was some colouring sheets in the cafe. Very expensive. Would have been more fun with things on route. Children got bored.
Written 20 February 2024
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Michelle N
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
Walking bure valley route from Aylsham to Wroxham today with my two little dogs. There were workmen on the line cutting trees, all were very courteous stopping their equipment in turn as we passed. My dogs wouldn't have minded either way but it was appreciated. Thankyou
Written 3 February 2024
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Robert O
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
So I booked 26?of us on the festive train and have got to say all staff were exceptional the grand kids all got quality gifts from Santa and all my family had a wonderful day, thanks to all the staff for making it special , very competitive cost
Written 18 December 2023
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Ceri T
Norwich, UK200 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wow we were lucky!

On the way out we were the only people on board. We were greeted by lovely staff and shown to our carriage. On the way to Wroxham we were at the back of the train.

On the way we were joined by another couple who were supposed to be in another carriage but for some reason decided to sit in ours and talk non-stop the whole way back. Why they chose to sit on our carriage when they could have had one to themselves and had booked seats for a separate carriage! But this was out of Bure Valley's control at the time.

I would't want to board this during peak season with lots of kids but in quieter times it was magical!

It's such a quaint little steam train and it really is a must do if you're in the area! Really glad we chose to do this one over the other's in the area. We have done NNR and this is much better in my opinion! I know they're different but for a steam train experience I would recommend this one.
Written 25 October 2023
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7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
A lovely trip from Aylsham to Wroxham. Staff very friendly, a little bit expensive. Can take the dog.
I would do it the other way round personally, coming from Wroxham as Aylsham is a lovely market town, definitely worth a browse.
Written 21 October 2023
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Liz A
Clacton-on-Sea, UK41 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Helpful friendly staff lovely views of the countryside as taking train ride both ways.gre.at cafe at Aylsham lots of choice of hot food and drink. Lots of items to buy in the shop.Would definitely recommend the bure railway experience
Written 15 October 2023
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Phil H
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
I was fortunate to have a Steam Driving Experience Day gifted to me by my children for my 70th Birthday.
The day was absolutely amazing, there were five of us, each being instructed by David, who was very knowledgeable, likable and enthusiastic, as was Matthew, our guard for the day.
Each of us had two sessions at the controls of steam engine Spitfire alongside David, with one half distance drive on the nine mile line in the morning, a stop for a wonderful lunch, and another half distance drive in the afternoon.
A thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience, and fully recommended.
Written 11 October 2023
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vickyjm78
Essex, UK129 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
I love steam trains so am somewhat biased, however all the staff here are so friendly and passionate about their craft, I was left with a massive smile on my face for the entire journey

Definitely worth a visit even if just to support a worthy cause, even if you are not a steam fan

They even helped me out with car parking and tips for a bike ride the day before

Note the gauge of the railway. It’s not a standard gauge so trains a bit on the small side but that’s part of the fun
Written 6 October 2023
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52chrystall
Ceaux-en-Loudun, France5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely steam engine ride, with free parking at the station at Wrexham and Aylsham for travellers. I mentioned at the ticket office it was our wedding anniversary and on the return journey there was a card on our seat wishing us a Happy Wedding anniversary from everyone at the Bure valley railway, how delightful is that. We asked where a good place to eat was in Aylsham, taking the guidance we had a superb meal and a walk around the church before taking our train back. Thank you all, a most enjoyable day.
Written 4 October 2023
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