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Avon Valley Railway


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 1960's the Avon Valley Railway was preserved by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Today, 40 years on, three miles of track has been re-laid, locomotives and carriages restored, and the sound of steam can once again be heard along the Avon Valley.


  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access


Bitton Station Bath Road, Bitton Bristol Bristol BS30 6HD

  • 0117 932 5538
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Open days

10-18 Feb (not Mon, Fri). 11, 24-3 Apr (not 26 Mar). Sun & BHol 8 Apr-4 Nov. Also Sat 14 Apr-29 Sep; Wed 2, 16 May, 30 May-25 Jul; Tue-Thu 1-23 Aug, Some other days. Santas in Dec.


By Bus: 42, 17A, 319, 37

By Rail: Keynsham / 1.50 miles

The Avon Valley 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.  Within a short distance you can find country walks, a picnic area, public houses and the Bristol & Bath Railway Path, which follows the route of the former Midland Railway and runs alongside the Avon Valley Railway (fully tarmaced and offers access to walkers, cyclists and disabled users).
At Bitton Station our catering facility offers a wide range of both hot and cold food and drink 7 days a week, whilst our souvenir shop can provide you with a memento of your visit. For further information, please visit


Sun 25th Nov - Mon 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

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.


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

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