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“Excellent” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Avon Valley Railway (AVR)

Avon Valley Railway (AVR)
Bath Road | Bitton Station, Bristol BS30 6HD, England
0117 932 5538
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Ranked #23 of 296 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Bristol and Bath's heritage steam railway, offering a six mile round trip which takes passengers along sections of the old Midland Railway, providing a chance to see the magnificent River Avon Valley from a unique viewpoint.
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Highly recommended for familys or railway fans.
Excellent value for money for unlimited train rides.
Free parking and free to look around the site.

Visited August 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Santa Express”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is fantastic. The train is beautifully maintained, everyone very friendly. The whole experience is wonderful and the kids absolutely love it.

Visited December 2011
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“Something for everyone............”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We have not visited the station for some time.......it was a favourite with the grandchildren. This is a great example of the enthusiasm of volunteers with a love of the steam train. Money has been raised by them, grants from local parish councils and businesses all spent to make this a great place to visit by so many.There are trains standing at the station and old engines waiting for T.L.C. My husband needed cheering up after a knee operation he also needed some light exercise. So lunch at the cafe seemed a good idea. The menu has a great choice of favourite dishes - ham off the bone, egg and chips cheered him up. I had freshly battered fish and chips and the jacket potatoes looked delicious too. Memory Mondays?? do you remember spam fritters or corned beef hash call on a Monday and revive old memories. They serve O.A.P roast on Wednesdays. This is a great place to start a cycle ride to Bath or Bristol being about equa distance - call in for a biker's box and then have a cuppa on your return. Home made cakes and toasted tea cakes.................Children catered for too. There is a small children's playground near the station so all in all great value for money. Enjoyable visit and happy hubby.

Visited October 2012
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“Take your bike!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

I am not a railway anorak, but the station at Bitton is usually busy at a weekend and trains pulled by both disel and steam locomotives run regularly, Railway buffs might be dissapointed as there is only a few miles of track..The cafe is reasonably priced and f the weather is not great you can eat and drink in a railway carrriage. If the weather is good take the cyclepath towards Saltford and Bath, but if you are nervous possibly best avoid weekends.

Visited September 2012
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“OK if you are a train enthusiast”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We took grandchildren who became restless & bored, as it (obviously) takes time to get going. This was likely due to their age and probably suits younger children.
We were VERY disappointed at the Xmas theme.....it just wasn't good enough, I've seen many people's houses look more festive than the station train etc put together!
The scenery on route is nice, but the station and car park seemed scruffy and there there is little/nothing to do between rides having some entertainment (short films, train activities/games) at the station (with a small charge) would benefit users and organisers.
However I am certain that any train enthusiast would absolutely enjoy a visit.

Visited December 2011
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