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Bure Valley Railway

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Address: Norwich Road | Aylsham Station, Aylsham NR11 6BW, England
Phone Number: +44 1263 733858
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The Bure Valley Railway is a narrow gauge steam railway operating between...

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.

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Santa Express

Wow what a fantastic experience, a train to see Father Christmas! We took our 7 & 4 years old children to see the jolly fellow, we had a 45 minute journey on the fabulous little... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what a fantastic experience, a train to see Father Christmas! We took our 7 & 4 years old children to see the jolly fellow, we had a 45 minute journey on the fabulous little train from wroxham to alysham, and was greeted by father Christmas on his train as we pulled into the station. We got included in our... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

A pleasant post Christmas Day out was wanted for middle aged couple who had kids (30 plus) for Xmas and wanted a day together after kids gone! Lacked the style of some preserved lines and was a touch boring. Free mince pies a nice idea but generally the experience appeared tired - like we were - but given the price... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, but we were very keen to respond on this and hopefully we can better understand your review, perhaps you would care to e-mail us directly via our website so as we can get a better understanding of your expectations and adopt them where possible. The railway was previously closed after... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Have lived in the area for 8 years and never been on this before! Needed a short notice plan for occupying my kids yesterday and figured this would be a good choice. We were not disappointed! Reasonable prices, no need to book, clean, warm, comfortable carriages, friendly staff and a lovely 45min journey each way! Made a lovely change to... More 

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

Thank you so much for such fantasic feedback. We shall certainly share this with all at the railway. We are glad that you found everything warm clean and comfortable and the prices are reasonable. We try to maintain everything to a high standard and at the same time ensure that we offer good value for money to our customers. The... More 

Sharnford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Having walked from Coltishall to Aysham in about 90 minutes along the footpath adjacent this line we got one of these trains back (about 6 miles). The service was friendly and informed and there is a very well stocked shop and tea room at Aylsham. The engines are wonderful little machines and the carriages are reasonably sized for a narrow... More 

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Thank StuartUK30
Halesworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

We booked on line as on holiday near by for Christmas the train journey was great. Great fun for all ages .when we arrived at the station santa than came down the track on train.the kids all loved it. lots of decorations and a lovely big tree. kids entertainment . free tea and mince pie staff all very friendly great... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Disappointed with the Santa Special. The train ride was nice but nothing Christmassy on the train or trackside during the journey. Queuing to see Santa outside entrance to toilets (which smelt of toilets) to enter a naff grotto to be given a present by Santa which wasn't even wrapped just in a plastic carrier bag!!! For the same price last... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and provide us with feedback. We shall certainly look at what we can do as regards decorations with the train, unfortunately in the past when we tried this we suffered considerable damage, some accidental and some sadly deliberate. We shall however revisit the idea. In the alcove where family's do... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

My two young boys are train mad, like daddy! So BVR is tops for our family. We enjoy it so much we decided to become members; it's the best way to travel frequently at a reduced rate. Sometimes, we cycle one way, then load our bikes into a carriage and ride back! It's like earning a treat!

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Thank Teresa C
Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Bure Valley could not have been more helpful with arranging and booking a trip to see santa for Shine, a respite centre for children and young people with disability. The trains were lovely, the ride - very enjoyable and once we made it to Santas grotto the children were very excited to see Santa arrive on his sleigh. Mince pies,... More 

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

With visiting locomotives from the miniature railway Romney Hythe & Dymchurch. Our first visit to a miniature railway... Was a little worried being 6ft6 but the coaching stock is excellent, comfortable and surprisingly roomy! The locomotive operators/owners/drivers are friendly and seem to be happy to chat and show your around the locomotives. They also know how to drive them with... More 

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Sainte-Therese, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Nothing wrong with this attraction but more for steam train buffs as the train was mostly below the ground level possibly to aid against the wind so not too much scenery to see.There is a good cafe / restaurant at the Aylsham terminus and a bookshop with some great train books at very reasonable prices

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