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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

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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


Sat 28th - Sun 29th Apr 2018: ‘Boys & Their Toys’

Enjoy a weekend of model railways from the members of the Avon Valley Railway. Go on a brake-van ride around the station. Plus see traction and static…

Miniature Steam / Models / Railways

Sun 29th Jul 2018: Vintage Transport Day

A special weekend celebrating our rich road, rail and river transport heritage.

Buses / Classic Cars / Maritime / Railways / Steam and Vintage Rallies

Sat 27th - Sun 28th Oct 2018: Wizard Adventure Weekend 2018

You’ll join the teachers from the Grand Old School of Wizardry for your first day of term…. but things aren’t going to plan! Some very…

Halloween / Railways

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