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“Accessible and charming”

York Railway Station
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Ranked #26 of 204 things to do in York
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Owner description: At the time of its opening in June 1877, this railroad station was the center of Britain's rail network and the largest station in Europe.
Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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281 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Accessible and charming”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

An architectural gem with a chequered past(it was badly bombed with several casualties and fatalities in a raid during WW2) this station is a friendly and cheerful place with something of a buzz about it. There are automated ticket machines, cash dispensers, information and travel advice points as well as timetables and leaflets galore. The usual newsagent and sandwich shop
offer food for the mind and body and all is pretty close by. One gripe is the longer hike to the gents toilets which are much further out than the ladies-allow enough time before your train. The bridge can be a bit of a pain for some although I believe lifts are available for the wheelchair user.Taxis aplenty as well as bus stops are outside the entrance for your connections. Parking is just about ok though can be pressured at busy times.
In all this is a very good station to use, being practical and not big enough to get too confusing, with helpful people around until later in the evening when most info and other facilities close down. The design is both original, being curved and aesthetically pleasant.

Visited July 2014
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Travel by train”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is the BEST way to travel in England. We rode the train from Edinburgh to York. It took several hours but it didn't feel like it. Lots to look at while riding from town to town. 100% recommend!

Visited May 2014
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Mildenhall, United Kingdom
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“A True York Landmark”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

I've visited this place many times. York station is beautiful, and is very much a place you'd want to photograph. The place is a perfect example of victorian architecture, and modern upgrades. Since it's a terminus for many local and express services across the UK, it is a busy station, and it can get even more packed when steam specials come in. (especially on Platforms 4, 5, 9, and 10). Theres plenty of stairs to get you from platform to platform, though elevators are sparse, something to keep in mind if you have luggage. Also, it's very convienient, and close to everything. The walk to the town center is about 10 minutes, and the National Railway Museum is a few hundred metres walk on a purpose built pathway. The one gripe i have with this station is the intercom system. Unlike Kings Cross or any of the other terminus stations, this one is voiced by an East Coast employee, and it sucks, its so scrambled and echoy you cant hear a thing, especially when trains come in. So if there's a platform change, you may as well look at the boards to see where your train is. Whether there to purposely catch a steam special or just passing through, it's well worth your time to look and marvel.

Visited June 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“A Stunning Feature of York”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

You don't have to be a fan of trains to feel enamoured by York Rail Station. Homogenised with the aged aesthetics and its sheer grand design, you can truly feel the might of a bygone age. Going beyond the aesthetics, in terms of feature, you can find easily accessible restrooms, that are surprisingly well kept for a rail station. Also plenty of lifts and a short underground for those unable to access the footbridge. If you will be travelling for some time, then don't forget the stores such as WHSmith to pick up all manner of items.

Visited July 2013
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Thousand Oaks, California
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“Nice aesthetics.”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This is a beautiful train station. Every time I visit York, I end up taking sometime to just stare up at the ceiling of this place. There isn't much to do at this station, but that's not uncommon.. It's obviously an older place, but they still have elevators available for when you're dragging gigantic luggage around. This might seem obvious, but I've been to so many stations in England that don't have elevators. Anyway, it's a pleasant station that manages never to feel overcrowded with a couple little cafes and kind staffers.

Visited April 2014
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