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Aln Valley Railway

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Address: Lionheart Station | Lionheart Enterprise Park, Alnwick NE66 2EZ, England
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+44 300 030 3311

The Aln Valley Railway is re-opening the branch railway line which ran from...

The Aln Valley Railway is re-opening the branch railway line which ran from Alnmouth on the Edinburgh to London main line up to Alnwick. This year Lionheart Station (use NE66 2HT for satnav) is open on advertised days, with entry to museum, engine shed and displays of rolling stock all free. Rides are available at modest fares for short trips on BUZZ and the Buffet Stop cafe is open for teas, coffees, traybakes and rolls. The Victoria sponge cakes are especially recommended. Combine a visit to the railway with visits to Alnwick's other attractions for a really good day out.

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Visit to Santa 11 December 2016

Just back from our 3rd visit to see Santa on the Aln Valley railway. Without doubt good value for money. The volunteers are very friendly and make the Christmas visit special. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 December 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Just back from our 3rd visit to see Santa on the Aln Valley railway. Without doubt good value for money. The volunteers are very friendly and make the Christmas visit special. The progress made on the railway is amazing year on year. Lovely gifts from Santa and his elves. Merry Christmas to all at Aln Valley railway.

Thank jb26951
Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We were stunned by the revival of this interesting historic railway line, the tremendous amount of effort by an army of volunteers which made and continues to make this possible, and the facilities already in place (including a little café and a small museum). Will gladly return in a little while as and when the existing railway line has been... More 

Thank Grottenolm2014
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Everytime we go they have achieved something new. This time they had a steam engine working and had built more on the station. They have also started the embankment that will get them onto the old line between Alnwick and Alnmouth. A friendly bunch.

Thank rogerrobert98
Bidford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We arrived on a complete chance here having followed the brown signs. We’d read a little about it earlier in the week & thought we’d give it a go. On arrival we asked where the toilets were so we could use them before boarding the train. We were directed back to the entrance area of the car park. Due to... More 

Thank Brookleys
Swinton, Rotherham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Free entry. £5 for unlimited go on the trains. The track is being extended so amenities/activities limited. Staff lovely, nice eaterie. Suitable to pass an hour.

Thank Lynn R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

This place is great to visit. Everyone working there is a volunteer and they have so much passion and great plans for the future, a lot of hard work has gone into it so far and it will only get better! I'll definitely visit again in the future to check out the progress! Well worth a visit 😀

Thank lauziic
Derby, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

On entering we were charged 8pounds as there was a model railway exhibition on that day.Then we paid to go on the train.How they can charge to go on a train that went a very short distance,i don t know.We had to laugh when it said you could go on all day.We sat with a family with two young children.Their... More 

Thank patsyt187048
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

It is nice to visit Aln Valley Railway at its infancy the staff are very present and enthusiastic with big ideas, I am sure they will succeed. On this occasion there was a model railway exhibition on at the same time. We payed £4 each to get in then another £5 to ride the train the very short distance up... More 

Thank J_G61
Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Fairly good visit, you can ride along the track for a small fee. Our son loved the railway visit but our daughter wasn't overly fussed. It was great to hear about the future plans of the railway line :) Fairly easy to get to as it is signposted.

Thank lillyonfleetdrive
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This reconstruction project definitely needs support! The intent is to create a line into Alnwick, but currently the entire line is less than a quarter of a mile long, so you don't get a long ride. There's a steam engine with corridor/compartment coaches and a diesel shunter locomotive which (for a small charge) you can actually drive. It's £5 for... More 

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