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Address: Norwich Road | Aylsham Station, Aylsham NR11 6BW, England
Phone Number: +44 1263 733858
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Description: 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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Pricey but worth it.

A little gem, we travelled from Aylsham to Wroxham and had a fantastic time. It is slow going, but the scenery is amazing and Wroxham is a beautiful place to spend a couple of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

A little gem, we travelled from Aylsham to Wroxham and had a fantastic time. It is slow going, but the scenery is amazing and Wroxham is a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours.

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Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We got to the station at 09.55. The girl behind the counter was very helpful and explained to us that the train would leave in 5 minutes. She also explained everything we wanted to know about the trip. She was brilliant. The trip itself was pretty exhilarating and lasted about 45 minutes to cover the 9 miles. We then transferred... More 

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Rushden, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
31 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Seeing that we could book a combined train and river trip on Easter Sunday it made our minds up. Being told of the chaos of parking for the river trips at Wroxham we had decided not to go on a river trip. Whoever thought of joining together should be congratulated. Easy free parking at Aylsham station, great little train journey... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My dog and I walked the length of the railway line and then got the train back. Firstly it was a great surprise to find that the car park was free. There was plenty of spaces at the Aylsham Station. It was a pleasant walk that took me about 2.5 hours. The path is very well maintained and it was... More 

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Disappointed! Especially as it was advertised for kids during the half term week and there was really nothing for them to look forward to - especially on a very wet and windy afternoon! We arrived in plenty of time for the 2.00 pm train ride to Aylsham which takes about 45 minutes and paid a hefty £37.50 for the privilege.... More 

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

Dear Ruthie, Thank you for writing a review and we have certainly taken note of the comments you make. We do feel that in order to provide a balanced view for readers we need to supplement some of the information you have provided. The fare you quote of £37.50 was for three adults for a round trip of 18 miles,... More 

Bradford, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I am new to Tripadvisor, but after my experience, thought I ought to comment having now arrived home. We visited the railway on Thursday 19th whilst holidaying in the area. They had a special event which meant the grand kids took their teddy bears with them (Kids were able to travel free). We had a good ride on the train... More 

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

Dear Clive, Many thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. We fully understand and agree with all your comments and can only offer our apologies for your experience. We have spoken with both members of staff. Please be assured that this is an isolated incidence and not representative of the service we provide to our visitors, as is borne... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A poor offering - and lacking the quality local ingredients that are available. A real disappointment when compared with the railway experience thats available (we only visited for breakfast on this occasion)

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

Dear Brian, Thank you for providing feedback on the Breakfast we offer at the railway. You are correct that we use a catering supplier, rather than local produce. This said we do select higher quality products rather than the value ranges. The cost of our breakfast is £6.50 for a freshly cooked full breakfast with toast. We have looked at... More 

London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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29 reviews 29 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 

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