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Cheap train tickets to York & North Yorkshire

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If you’re looking for shopping, eating, history and culture, then we strongly recommend a visit to North Yorkshire.

Our trains run direct into York train station, so you are centrally placed to discover the area at your leisure. Whether you are travelling from the capital or from further up north, we offer train tickets from London to York and Hartlepool to York, and many more options, too.

Plus, get special rates and offers on lots of York attractions and activities with your Grand Central ticket.

Don’t forget to download a copy of our train timetables to take with you on day's out to make travel planning easier.

Things to do in York & North Yorkshire

Take some time out of busy city life to retreat to rural North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Coast. From the gothic charm of York to the seaside allure of Whitby, there is something magical about this special region of the UK.

Tranquil, picturesque and exhilarating, The Yorkshire Dales are home to beautiful towns, villages and National Parks. Grassington, Richmond, Masham and Pateley Bridge are all charming places to visit to browse the local shops, explore regional producers and enjoy fantastic pub lunches!

Just 20-miles north of York, the North York Moors offer a sanctuary for walkers, cyclists and families visiting the area. With miles of rolling moorland, endless seas of purple lavender and an abundance of wildlife, this is the spot for idyllic walks and picnics.

Plan your visit using the links below:

Grand Central serve the following stations in this region:

Visit York for less with Grand Central and the York Pass

  • The York Pass is your passport to over 20 York attractions for one great price. Find out more at yorkpass.com.

Ideas for days out in York and North Yorkshire

York Dungeon

  • Exciting, scary and hilarious fun.
    • No place will better fill you in on York’s murky past that the Dungeons! With a cast of brilliant actors, atmospheric sets and fantastic special effects, the York Dungeon will take you on a unique 70-minute thrill-filled journey in time. 

      Meet a gruesome cast of famous local villains, rogues and murderers. Experience the back-breaking work of the torturer, pay attention in the hilarious courtroom and learn all the gory details about the horrific effects of the plague in Britain.

      Booking

    • 0871 423 2260
    • www.thedungeons.com/york/
    • Location

      The York Dungeon
      12 Clifford Street,
      York
      YO1 9RD

      Get directions with Google maps

The National Railway Museum

  • Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating rail history in York’s only National Museum.
    • Come face to face with over 300 years of railway history at York’s National Railway Museum. Located right next to York train station, you can discover iconic locomotives including the Japanese Bullet Train, The Mallard and The Rocket.

      Watch engineering work in progress in The Workshop and discover how the Channel Tunnel was constructed with a life-size replica display. Kids will love the simulator ride and the mini road train that takes you right into the heart of York every 30 minutes.

      The Museum also runs free fun family activities throughout school holidays including science shows, interactive storytelling and live demonstrations.

      Visit here for more information.

Jorvik Viking Centre

  • A journey into the sights, sounds and smells of Viking York
    • No visit to York is complete without a trip to the famous Jorvik Viking Centre. Take a seat on the newly-updated ride experience and discover houses, workshops and backyards from the Viking-age city of York (Known then as Jorvik).

      Explore ancient and rare artefacts and experience what it was like living in the city 1,000 years ago - the sights, the sounds and even the smells are all as vivid today as they were back then.

      Visit here for more information.

Great Yorkshire Show

  • One of the biggest farming festivals in the country
    • An iconic three-day event to celebrate British agriculture; The Great Yorkshire Show is a fantastic day out for all the family to enjoy. Each year the event welcomes over 130,000 visitors and over 8,000 animals for competitions, celebrations and fun times!

      Feast on local produce, sip on locally-brewed Yorkshire ale and enjoy the festivities as they unfold around you. Kids will love the Discovery Zone, where they can get their faces painted, meet newly born animals and get creative with a host of countryside crafts and activities.

      Visit here for more information

Countryfile Live

  • The hit BBC show comes to Castle Howard
    • Brand new for this year, Countryfile Live is setting up home in the stunning grounds of Castle Howard in the heart of North Yorkshire. Sure to be a fantastic day out for all the family, the event is a celebration of the Great British Countryside and is hosted by some of the BBC’s most loved Countryfile presenters.

      There will be interactive wildlife displays, spectacular stunts and mouth-watering cooking demonstrations from TV chef personalities. Plus, there will be plenty to occupy the younger visitors with outdoor picnics, lakeside activities and lots of opportunities to get up-close-and-personal with local wildlife.

      Visit here for more information

Newby Hall & Gardens

  • Explore 25 acres of award-winning gardens, house and miniature railway in glorious Grand Central livery.
    • Newby Hall is one of England’s renowned Adam houses, where you will find a rare set of Gobelins Tapestries, a gallery of classical statuary and some of Chippendale’s finest furniture. Surrounding the Hall is 25 acres of stunning gardens, filled with rare and beautiful plants and trees.

      There is a wonderful orchard area to enjoy picnics or food from the café, and a contemporary sculpture park showcasing the works of international artists. Newby Hall is a favourite destination for children, young and older, because of the miniature railway (in glorious Grand Central livery!) which runs around the grounds and by the side of the River Ure. There is also an action-packed outdoor play park and boat lake featuring self-pedalling floaters.

      Booking

      www.newbyhall.com

      Location

      Newby Hall & Gardens,
      Ripon,
      HG4 5AE

      Get directions with Google Maps

The Shambles

  • A real-life Diagon Alley, for the Harry Potter fan in everyone
    • Four separate wizarding shops on one of Britain's oldest, most scenic streets!

      Wandering down the cobbles, seeing the buildings leaning in so close they almost touch, you could be forgiven for feeling a sense of magic in the air.

      No trip to York is complete without a wander down the Shambles, a Medieval street bearing the marks of history, and more than a little whimsy.

      Since opening in 2017, The Shop That Must Not Be Named has proved a hit with Muggles, and has since been joined by The Boy Wizard and The World of Wizardry, all selling a range of merchandise. Wander a bit further down the street and you'll find yourself in The Potions Cauldron, teaching you how to brew your own "potions" and brews!

    • Location

      The Shambles
      York
      YO1 7LX

      Get directions with Google maps

DIG

  • Be an archaeologist for the day at DIG and work in one of four replica excavation pits.
    • Be an archaeologist for the day at DIG and work in one of four replica excavation pits.

      Discover DIG! At DIG, you get to discover only the most exciting archaeological artefacts from the 2000 years of history hidden under the streets of York.

      With four excavation pits filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, you can grab a trowel and dig up the clues that show how people lived in these times.

      Accompanied by a real archaeologist, DIG offers you a unique opportunity to experience archaeological techniques, examine real archaeological finds and work in one of four replica excavation pits.

      Booking

      www.digyork.com

      Location

      St.Saviour’s Church,
      St.Saviourgate,
      York,
      YO1 8NN

      Get directions with Google Maps