One of London's busiest stations, Kings Cross shepherds over 50 million commuters in and out of the capital each and every year. Perhaps most famous as the home of platform 9 3/4 - the gateway to Hogwarts for fictional wizard phenomenon, Harry Potter - Kings Cross station has actually played a key role in London's development, and the station sits only a few miles shy of the Roman settlement of Londinium.
Many archaeologists believe Kings Cross to be the site of the battle between Boudicca and Roman invaders in AD 61, and legend says the Warrior Queen's remains are buried under platform 9. The station is called Kings Cross because it was built on the site of a famous King George IV monument.
The railway established itself in the area in 1850 before Kings Cross station officially opened in 1852. In modern times, the station has undergone extreme regeneration with £400m worth of work conducted between 2005 and 2012. The new concourse roof, a complex latticed shell structure, is one of the most visually arresting architectural feats in the whole city.
The nearby area is a cultural hotspot with The British Library, Central St Martins and the major art centre of Kings Place, all within five minutes' walk.
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It's easy to get to London Kings Cross station by train, regardless of the station you're travelling from. Direct LNER services run from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross in 5h 2m, from Leeds to London Kings Cross in 2h 34m and from York to London Kings Cross in 2h 29m.
Thameslink trains connect Royston to London Kings Cross in 56m and Cambridge to London Kings Cross in 1h 9m, while Great Northern trains travel from Ely to London Kings Cross in 1h 23m and from Kings Lynn to London Kings Cross in 1h 57m. Finally, Grand Central Railway covers the routes from Sunderland to London Kings Cross and from Bradford Interchange to London Kings Cross.
Since 25th October 2021, a brand-new train operator called Lumo has been running between Edinbugh and London Kings Cross via the East Coast Main Line, calling at Morpeth, Newcastle and Stevenage. Learn more about Lumo trains.
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Kings Cross station has numerous entrances, but several doors found behind Great Northern Hotel access the main concourse. Avoid the crowds by accessing platforms 1 to 8 via the bridge at the back of the building. Platforms 9a to 11b are also found at the rear of the station.
There is a car park just behind Kings Cross train station, which can be accessed via York Road and Goods Way.
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London Kings Cross station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.
Trains arrive into and depart from London Kings Cross station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from London Kings Cross station.
Yes, there are toilets available to use at London Kings Cross station.
Yes, dogs are allowed at London Kings Cross station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.
Yes. By the entrance of Platform 9, there are services to store your luggage.