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Bure Valley Railway

Address: Norwich Road | Aylsham Station, Aylsham NR11 6BW, England
Phone Number: +44 1263 733858
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Aylsham
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: The Bure Valley Railway is a narrow gauge steam railway operating between the market town of...
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: The Bure Valley Railway is a narrow gauge steam railway operating between the market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, Capital of the Norfolk Broads a distance of nine miles. All coaches are fully enclosed with upholstered seats, heating is provided in the winter months. Combined tickets are available offering a return trip on the railway and a 1 1/2 hour cruise on the Norfolk Broads. An 80 seat cafe is available at Aylsham offering freshly cooked hot food as well as light snacks and drinks. Specially designed coaches are provided to allow wheelchair users and able bodied passengers to travel together. Both Aylsham and Wroxham stations have step free access. Ample free parking for cars and coaches is available at both stations. Children under 5 travel free. In 2014 trains are operating daily between 5th April and 2nd November and also at the following two weekends in November. Santa trains operate from the last weekend in November until Christmas Eve.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children

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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The BVR have carried out an ambitious project in building a nine-mile narrow gauge railway, one of the longest in the country. Apart from the obvious attraction to railway enthusiasts, the line offers an interesting way of connecting Aylsham to the main line at Wroxham. Sadly it is not yet possible to book through tickets. The BVR put some full-size... More 

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burevalley, General Manager at Bure Valley Railway, responded to this review

Dear Jonathan, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and we are really glad you enjoyed your visit. I am pleased to say that it is possible to book through tickets from any National Rail Station to include travel on the Bure Valley Railway from Wroxham to Aylsham and this also offers a saving on... More 

Westbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I was staying with my best friend over new year in Aylsham on new year day we went for a nice walk and ended up at the Bure valley railway they have a charity shop there and a tea room and shop we went in the cafe for afternoon tea and cake them went in the charity shop which is... More 

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burevalley, General Manager at Bure Valley Railway, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again. Thanks again Andrew More 

Reepham
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My wife and I took our daughter and her 2 year old son on the Bure Valley Railway Christmas special. The rail journey started and finished in Wroxham last Sunday. The carriages were surprisingly warm as it was a cold day. Tickets gave specific carriages and seats so there was no fight for places. At Aylsham the terminus was really... More 

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burevalley, General Manager at Bure Valley Railway, responded to this review

Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to write a review of your experience with us at Christmas and for providing comment on all aspects of the experience. We always look to ensure that the carriages are warm for passengers in the winter and this includes pre heating them for an hour before passengers board. With regards to... More 

Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This is the terminus for the railway, a narrow gauge one which runs along the valley to the main line where connections can be made to Norwich or Cromer (but don’t miss the last train back to Aylsham)! Picturesque and interesting, fun and educational for the kids too!

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burevalley, General Manager at Bure Valley Railway, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive review and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit. It is always good to be able to provide positive feedback to our staff and volunteers. We hope you will be able to visit the railway again soon. Best wishes Andrew More 

Cromer, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I cannot comment on the railway experience but my wife and I have lunch on Wednesdays at the Aylsham Station's Whistlestop Cafe after our weekly shop at Tescos across the road. Today, we were told we could not have a lunch as they were putting on a (Christmas?) lunch for about 20 people despite other tables being free - we... More 

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burevalley, General Manager at Bure Valley Railway, responded to this review

Thank for taking the time to write a review and I am sorry that you consider you had a poor experience. We do however feel that there may have been a misunderstanding. You came in just as we were serving plated up hot meals for a pre booked group of 25 who had travelled on a charter train. You are... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We did an afternoon trip Aylsham-Wroxham and back - we were pleasantly surprised to find the railway running on a Saturday mid November. The staff on the train and at the stations were lovely - really friendly. The engine Wroxham Broad was beautifully turned out, and the carriages were immaculate inside and out. We only had 20 minutes at Wroxham... More 

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Haverhill, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

Wow what a lovely day we had on Hallowe'en with witches, pumpkins and ghosts for the children to look out for and put on their quiz sheet which they could then swap for a sweet treat at the shop at either end of the journey. A short walk from the station in Wroxham (about 10 minutes or so) took us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

steam travel on a narrow gauge railway as in my youth stations and carriages clean. a 9 mile each way from worxham to aylsham.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

First time in the area during half term. The Bure Valley Railway is a vintage narrow gauge railway, taking passengers from Aylsham to Wroxham. The journey is about 9 miles and takes about 45 minutes. We bought a combined ticket to include a cruise of The Boards, operated by Broads Tours, based in Wroxham. The railway have enclosed carriages so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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36 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We took the train ride and boat tour combo. The whole family thoroughly enjoyed both trips. The train trip lasted about 45 minutes and the boat trip was about 1 1/2 hours.

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