The county of Yorkshire is synonymous with rolling green hills, bracing walks along the coastline and hearty pints in convivial pubs. A county of friendly faces, warm community spirit and exceptional natural and architectural marvels, it’s little wonder that Yorkshire’s tourism industry is thriving. Excellent transport connectivity means that trains to Yorkshire are regular and reliable, from both the north and the south of the country.
With some of the best rail connections in the country and destinations varying from urban to coastal to rural, nothing quite says adventure like catching a train to Yorkshire.
Yorkshire’s key landmarks provide an extensive map of its history, from Roman villas to Medieval cathedrals and castles such as Castle Howard and the world famous York Minster. Visit Bolton Abbey near Skipton in North Yorkshire where you can immerse yourself in a bygone era or discover what the future might have in store at Rotherham’s Magna Science Adventure Centre, where a disused steel mill now holds the key to an intriguing voyage of scientific discovery.
From the cosmopolitan northern capitals of Leeds and Sheffield to the stunning landscapes surrounding picturesque Harrogate, key train stations in Yorkshire include Huddersfield, Doncaster, and Bradford, and the northern rail network remains exceptionally well-connected and dependable. Travel by train from Leeds to Sheffield in under 1h, Scarborough to Harrogate via York in under 2h, or Bradford to Pontefract via Leeds in around 1h 10min.
One of the most recognisable and well-connected cities in Yorkshire, the walled city of York is popular for days out or even a weekend break. Kids and adults alike will love the vintage trains at the National Railway Museum and learning about how chocolate is made at York’s Chocolate Story museum. York Minster and the city’s fortified castle are also popular attractions.
A well-loved seaside town in Yorkshire, Whitby has been pleasing families for generations. Head to atmospheric Saltwick Bay, a popular destination for fossil hunting, or climb the iconic 199 steps to St Mary’s Church for the prettiest views of this charming North Yorkshire retreat. Whitby is also home to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, with steam trains running to Pickering through 24 miles of stunning countryside. Discover more about the line here as we explore locomotive 5428 - Eric Treacy in 3D at Goathland station.
This South Yorkshire town is famous for its racecourse, home of the iconic St Leger Stakes which take place there every September. Be sure to check the Doncaster Dome which features a state-of-the-art gym, a split-level ice rink, and seven pool water complex. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is the top attraction for an awe-inspiring family day out, while the Yorkshire Designer Outlet will cater for all your shopping needs.
The Steel City’s legacy extends well beyond the manufacture of cutlery and stainless steel. A leafy student city, Sheffield has a flourishing arts, cultural, music, and food scene. Head to Ecclesall Road to browse the independent design boutiques or enjoy a meal in one of the strip’s many fashionable eateries. From the woodlands of Graves Park to the wild, rugged beauty of Stanage Edge, there are many natural attractions nearby.
A town bordering Leeds, Wakefield, and Pontefract, Castleford is a popular destination for a family excursion. Learn to ski at Snozone where the indoor slopes are covered with real snow. Thrill seekers will love the rides at Diggerland, while those seeking a more peaceful day out should head to the Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve, home to an estimated 280 bird species.
Escaping the big smoke couldn’t be easier, with frequent train services departing from major London stations for Yorkshire. London St Pancras International and King's Cross provide services to certain Yorkshire destinations via the east coastline. Trains to Sheffield depart from St Pancras and typically take just under 3h (although faster journeys are available), while King's Cross serves the London to Doncaster route (approx. 1h 40min) as well as the London to York route (approximately 2h).
Trains to Leeds, Pontefract, Selby, Halifax and many other Yorkshire towns also depart from King's Cross. It's even possible to reach more remote destinations, including Scarborough and Whitby, from London with as little as one change at a larger station such as York. Typical operators serving customers between London and Yorkshire include Grand Central Railway, who offer free WiFi to all on-board, East Midlands Trains and the newly formed London North Eastern Railway.
Around 20 percent of the 2,563 railway stations covering Great Britain is located in the north of the country, including in the extensive county of Yorkshire. The busiest in Yorkshire include Leeds, Sheffield, Huddersfield, York, and Middlesbrough. A train to Yorkshire can also transport you to some of the UK's quaintest and quietest stations including Hensall, Rawcliffe and Wressle.