York is a city of many faces: a place rich in history, war, religion, endeavour and invention.
York is one of the UK’s true railway hubs. And, today, perhaps the best place in the world to experience the entire history of locomotion in all its forms. Even if you only go for the NRM and catch just a glimpse of the Minster, it’ll be worth it.
As a principal stop on the East Coast Main Line, the fastest East Coast services will bring you here from London King’s Cross in just under two hours – a route also taken by more infrequent Grand Central services to Sunderland. East Midlands Trains will take you from York or Scarborough to St Pancras, depending on the season. York is also a key stop on the CrossCountry network linking Scotland and the North with the south west. Finally, regional services to destinations including Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool are provided by First TransPennine with more local services to Hull, Harrogate and Sheffield from Northern Rail .
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York has more to see than you could reasonably expect to fit into an action-packed day. The towering majesty of York Minster dominates a gothic warren of nearby streets. The Jorvik Viking centre paints a vivid picture of York under Nordic attack and occupation. And, if that isn’t enough to work up a thirst for a decent cuppa, Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms will put you firmly in the mood.
Aside from the impressive scale of York Station itself, there’s one key reason to come here – the National Railway Museum, which brings together one of the world’s finest (and largest) collections of truly historic locomotives and carriages on a 100 acre site, including the 4468 Mallard, 4472 Flying Scotsman and a 0 Series Shinkansen bullet train.
York Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/yrk.html
National Railway Museum - http://www.nrm.org.uk/
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