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Avon Valley Railway (AVR)

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Address: Bitton Station Bath Road | Bitton Station, Bristol BS30 6HD, England
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+44 117 932 5538
09:00 - 17:00
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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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Relaxing for adults & great for children

OK, the available track is only 3 miles long, and there's more time waiting at the 3 station stops than there is actually on the move, but this is a great few hours for both... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to take young children. A wonderful authentic atmosphere with some really good staff. Avoid the restaurant. They are unable to produce simple food for a timetable. I gave them 15 minutes to produce 2 sandwiches and a baguette, at no point was I told this would take longer than normal nor was I told that... More 

Worcester UK
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257 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This railway is a good afternoon out if you visit with an open mind and you are not expecting a long train ride. Staff are friendly and the cafe is good value. However we think they miss opportunities in not having guide books on sale. It would also be nice to see a British steam engine rather than a European... More 

Thank nessief
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

The website describes the expeience as "relax and watch the rolling Avon Valley countryside pass by". However you spend more time being shunted back and forth along a 3 mile track and spend more time standing at the three stations hence constantly seeing the same outlook - I especially liked the junk storage of old sleepers and engine parts! Instead... More 

Thank tracey585
Bristol, United Kingdom
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375 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 401 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, the available track is only 3 miles long, and there's more time waiting at the 3 station stops than there is actually on the move, but this is a great few hours for both adults and children. For older ones it's a reminder of how things used to be, with the old compartments on the train, the smartly-dressed staff... More 

Thank cltc43
Torquay, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic way to spend a morning or afternoon. A lovely ride on the railway seeing the scenery and fresh, tasty food in the cafe. A very well run attraction.

Thank r0ss2017
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Steam engines, a museum, traditional cafe, walks and countryside, what more do you want? Strongly recommend this for a family visit, kids love it!

Thank Loiner527
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Came here as group for lunch today, superb. Roast lamb, beef or chicken, came with several roasties, new pots, yorkshire pudding, plus 3 fresh veg. Generous portions of tender meal, home cooked veg. Followed by home made bread and butter pudding ( also cheesecake, chocolate fudge puddings) Tea and coffee included in price of £9:50. Sat in railway carriage, fresh... More 

Thank Mary H
Bristol, United Kingdom
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222 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

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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129 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 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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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

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