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Avon Valley Railway

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Three miles of track have been re-laid, locomotives and carriages restored, and the sound of steam can once again be heard along the Avon Valley.

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Address

Bitton Station Bath Road, Bitton Bristol Bristol BS30 6HD

  • 0117 932 5538
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  • View website

Open days

16-24 Feb (not Mon, Fri). Sun & BHol 31 Mar-3 Nov. Also Sat Apr-May, 8-29 Jun, 13 Jul-Aug, 14-28 Sep, 26 Oct & 2 Nov. Wed 10, 17 Apr; 1, 15, 29 May; 12, 26 Jun; 10, 24 Jul-28 Aug; 11, 25 Sep. Also Tue & Thu 1-22 Aug. Daily 16-22 Apr, 25-30 May, 26-31 Oct. Santa in Dec.

Travel

By Bus: 42, 17A, 319, 37

By Rail: Keynsham / 1.50 miles

The railway offers not just a train ride but the opportunity to explore the delights of the river valley. With a round trip of almost 6 miles, train rides begin at Bitton Station and run between Oldland Common Station and Avon Riverside Station. 

Opened in 1869 by the Midland Railway as a through-route between Birmingham and the South Coast the line was later linked to the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway. Closed under the Beeching Axe of the 1960s the Avon Valley Railway was preserved by an enthusiastic group of volunteers.

Events

Sat 13th - Sun 14th Apr 2019: Fire & Water!

Join the ‘Star Tugs’ from 1980s children’s TV and take a trip down memory lane! Enjoy a trip onboard Bristol’s historic fire-boat…

Fire Appliances / Inland Waterways / Railways

Sat 3rd - Sun 4th Aug 2019: 150 Anniversary Gala

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the line. Visit website for more details.

Railways

Sat 21st - Sun 22nd Sep 2019: 1940s Weekend

Admire the vintage vehicle and re-enactor displays, enjoy music from Jayne Darling and other singers, meet ‘Winston Churchill’ and ‘King…

Buses / Classic Cars / Military / Railways

Sun 24th Nov - Tue 24th Dec: Santa Specials

Visit website for more details of advance booking. Join the festive season for a ride on one of our steam-hauled trains and enjoy a special visit from…

Railways / Santa

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