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.
- Souvenir Shop
- Part disabled access
Bitton Station Bath Road, Bitton Bristol Bristol BS30 6HD
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 www.avonvalleyrailway.org