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Scroll down to view our operating dates, special events, opening times, fares, how to find us by car and bus, and what facitilies we have for 2017.

  • Opening Times

    Our opening times on advertised operating days are 10.30 to 16.30.

  • Operating Dates for 2017

    Sun 10 Sep Diesel rides
    Sun 17 Sep Diesel rides
    Sat 23 Sep End of Season Gala
    Sun 24 Sep End of Season Gala
    Sat 28 Oct Ghost Train with steam
    Sun 29 Oct Ghost Train with steam
    Sat 09 Dec Santa Specials
    Sun 10 Dec Santa Specials
    Wed 13 Dec Santa Specials
    Sat 16 Dec Santa Specials
    Sun 17 Dec Santa Specials


    Special events are in bold. Please note that these dates and specified services are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. Santa Specials are ticket only and must be booked in advance. Keep checking the website, Facebook, Twitter or subscribe to the monthly newsletter for latest information.



  • Fares

    Tickets are available for purchase in the shop.

    Day Ticket

    Unlimited rides valid on date of issue


    Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: £5.00

    Weekdays: £4.00

    Children (6 - 16)

    Any Day: £1.00

    (Charge only applies to the first two children in a family. Rest go free.)

    Infants (under 6yrs)


    On Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays trains will run from Platform 1 and will be engine hauled. On weekdays the service will be run by Buzz the Wickham.

    All services subject to the Trust's terms and conditions of carriage. Services are liable to alteration or cancellation depending upon stock and volunteer availability.

    Additional charges/surcharges may apply during special events.

    Driver Experience Rides

    Always fancied driving an engine ?
    Looking for that unique  gift for someone?
    A Driver Experience  Ride voucher will give one lucky individual the chance to operate a diesel locomotive over a short length of track. Available to purchase from the AVR Shop at Lionheart, each voucher costs £15.
    Vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, subject to availability of operating days and trained staff. Other conditions apply

  • How to find us

    Lionheart Station is to the south end of Alnwick, behind the Lionheart Enterprise Park. For SatNavs, please use postcode NE66 2HT. Please note the site is adjacent to a working farm and the farmer won't be too impressed if you trample over his crops. We also ask that you stay out of the site when no one is there and view it from the other side of the fence. The trackbed is open to walkers and can be accessed from Lionheart and Greenrigg. For more information about walks using the trackbed, please look at  Northumberland Estate's Lesbury Trail map.

    Brown railway tourist sign


    From the A1 (north or south) turn off at the A1068 junction (next to McDonalds and a BP garage), then:

    From the south, turn right at the roundabout, go under the A1 then turn right heading towards Shilbottle. Turn left into Lionheart Enterprise Park (next to MKM) and continue to the end (Mole Country Store), following the brown tourist signs to Lionheart Station.

    From the north turn left at the second junction, just before the bridge heading towards Shilbottle (do not take the first junction - this is a private road and our visitors are not allowed to use it). Turn left into Lionheart Enterprise Park and follow directions as from the south.

    Car parking is free (special events may incur a voluntary admission charge).


    By Bus

    Arriva 472 - Barresdale - Alnwick - Sainsburys - Shilbottle - Amble

    Arriva X15 - Newcastle - Morpeth - Alnwick - A1 - Berwick

    PCL Travel 15 - Thropton - Rothbury - Alnwick - Sainsburys - Lionheart Enterprise Park

    Travelsure T01 - Alnwick - Lionheart Enterprise Park - Shilbottle - Amble

    These buses stop at the entrance to the Lionheart Enterprise Park, from where it's only a short walk to the Lionheart site - please remember to advise the driver where you're getting off.

    Travelsure T02 - Alnwick Town Service (Barresdale - Alnwick - Sainsburys)

    Sainsburys is only a short walk away on the other side of the A1.


    Alternatively, use Traveline North East and Cumbria to plan your journey.


    By Cycle

    There is a cycle route from the centre of Alnwick (the Oaks roundabout) to the Lionheart Enterprise Park. One of our aims is to open up the trackbed from Alnmouth Station to Lionheart so it is suitable for cycles. Until then, you can travel up Bilton Bank from Alnmouth Station and turn right at Bilton Farm to Greenrigg Bridge. From there you can travel along the existing trackbed, but please note it is rutted and can be muddy at times. Altermatively use the A1068 road from Lesbury to Alnwick but bear in mind it is hilly, twisty, narrow in places and has fast moving traffic.

  • Facilities


    Our shop stocks a range of branded merchandise, including t-shirts, hats, stickers and railway related books and toys for all ages. It is also where you purchase tickets for the train.



    We have a small museum which exhibits a variety of nostalgic old photographs, artefacts, posters, memorabilia and various historic documents relating to the old Alnwick Branch and the North Eastern Railway.



    Dogs on leads are welcome and are allowed to travel with their handlers, but please keep them off the seats

    There are plenty of walking opportunities in the immediate area easily accessible from the station too.


    Buffet Stop Cafe

    The Buffet Stop Cafe is a partnership between The Pottergate Centre and the Aln Valley Railway, serving teas, coffees, soft drinks, sandwiches and tray bakes. The cafe has ramped access and a patio area to the rear.

    The Pottergate Centre is a Day Centre in Alnwick for adults who have a learning disability and is run by Northumberland County Council.

    The Pottergate Pantry is an enterprise based within The Pottergate Centre, which aims to provide employment and inclusivity for some of the clients who attend the day service. They produce all the meals served within the centre, meals for a sheltered housing scheme in Alnwick, a range of frozen ready meals sold direct to the public and also supply tray bakes and cakes to local cafes. In addition, they provide an outside catering service, supplying buffets for special occasions and civic events. They have a very good reputation in the local area and have achieved a 5 star food hygiene rating.

    The lack of mains services has initially limited the type of food on offer to pre-packed sandwiches and tray bakes but, hopefully, later this year the provision of a mains water supply and drainage will allow us to provide a much wider choice of food, including freshly prepared salads and savoury items.

    The arrangement has proved to be mutually beneficial to both the AVR and Pottergate and it is hoped that the cooperation can be further developed; new marketing and merchantising initiatives are being looked at and sources of funding for development are being investigated.


    Disabled Facilities

    The Lionheart site is accessible to wheelchair users.

    The replica guards van has been designed to be wide enough for wheelchairs, with ramp access, and the Wickham trolley is at ground level so allows guests an easy transfer.

    The Buffet Stop Cafe has ramped access through to the shop and the patio behind. A toilet suitable for those in wheelchairs and with limited mobility is located in the cafe.

     * Currently the Model Railway building has temporary steps, but work is in hand to provide ramped access.


  • Educational and Group Visits

    We welcome educational and group visits.
    Guided tours around the site and trips either by brake van or Wickham (ideal for the little ones) can be arranged, including on days when we're not normally open to the public. Please contact us with your requirements.


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