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“Steam Trains galore!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Avon Valley Railway (AVR)

Avon Valley Railway (AVR)
Ranked #38 of 190 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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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, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Steam Trains galore!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

I love the feel of the place and the smells that only a steam train can produce. I have attended Dinner on the train and the Christmas train meeting Father Christmas, both events have been brilliant, enjoyed by all attending.

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Trowbridge, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“a quick journey”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

nice but too expensive for what it is although my children thoroughly enjoyed themselves

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A great day out for the kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

This is a great little railway, and is a great value attraction. Situated roughly half way between Bristol and Bath, the train travels both north and south of the station which is roughly half way along the line.

The gala days are brilliant with vintage buses in use as well, and an interesting option is to combine a train trip with a cruise on the Avon.

The cafe offers good value, and the staff are friendly and obliging. A good morning or afternoon out.

Visited September 2011
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Bristol
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124 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“It' great.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

O.K. there are bigger, longer, faster heritage railways around Britain, with bigger locomotives, but the Avon Valley does what it does very well. The northern half of the line in mostly in a cutting, which allows for excellent sound reflection, smoke deflection and so on. At the end of the line the engine detaches, and runs back to the other end of the train, then down to the valley. The southern half of the joyrney follows the River Avon valley, giving some excellent views. It is a good value afternoon out. Look out for their Day Out With Thomas days, their beer festival, and Santa specials

Visited October 2011
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Lets Go Back To The Golden Age.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

Steam, with the clickety clack that brings back child hood memories for me.

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