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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 things to do 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 older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
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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 older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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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 

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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
32 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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