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19:15 -

December 2018
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Certificate of Excellence 2018

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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 2018.

  • Opening Times

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

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  • Fares

    Day Tickets Unlimited rides valid on date of issue

       Steam   Diesel 
    Adults £6.00 £5.00
    Children (5-16) £2.00 £1.00
    Infants (under 5 years) Free Free
    Family Ticket (2+2, additional children extra)    £14.00 £11.00

    Season Tickets Valid for 12 months from date of purchase

    Adult: £20.00

    Child: £8


    Tickets are available for purchase in the shop.

    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

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    Whether it's a tick on your bucket list, a treat for him (or her), if you're 18 or 88 - here's an opportunity to drive a real diesel locomotive along a short length of track.

    Driver Experience Rides are generally available when the railway is open to the public, but subject to volunteer availability. Booking is not necessary, but best to check beforehand. Purchase your voucher from our shop. Vouchers are valid for 1 year from date of purchase.

  • Facilties


    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.


    Lionheart Cafe

    The Lionheart Café is a partnership between Aln Valley Railway and The Pottergate Centre. This arrangement has proved to be mutually beneficial over the last few years and it is hoped that this can be further developed.

    We offer tea, coffee and soft drinks as well as sandwiches, tray bakes, muffins and biscuits in our recently updated café. We will soon have mains water and later may have an improved electricity supply which means we will then be able to offer soup, bacon rolls, hot pies and pastries.
    Recent additions include a Disabled Toilet, Baby-changing facility and a Ladies Toilet. There is ramped access and an outside seating area close to the children's play area.

    The Pottergate Centre is a Day Centre for adults who have learning disabilities 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 their clients. They produce all the meals served within the centre, meals for a sheltered housing scheme in Alnwick, a range of frozen ready-meals which are sold direct to the public and also supply tray bakes and cakes to local cafes. In addition, they provide an outside catering service. They have a 5* Food Hygiene Rating and an excellent reputation.



    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.


    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 Lionheart 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.


  • 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.

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    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 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.


    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.

  • 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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