Plan your trip
Visit York, explore the city including York Minster and the world famous Shambles, one of the most intact medieval streets in the world. Also visit the National Railway Museum. The Museum and York city centre are all a short walk from York's grand station.
Leave York on a northbound train. Sit on the right hand side of the train, facing the direction of travel, if you can. The train passes at speed through North Yorkshire before reaching Darlington where you can change trains and take the Bishop Line, part of which was the famous Stockton & Darlington Railway, where railways began in 1825.
Just over 15 minutes after leaving Darlington, the train reaches Durham. The view across to Durham Castle and Cathedral as the train arrives in the city is one you won't forget. Another fifteen or so minutes further north and you reach Newcastle. The train enters the city's magnificent Central station on a bridge crossing the river Tyne. You can see the Tyne Bridge, opened in 1928 and sister to the Sydney Harbour Bridge which was built by the same company and opened in 1932.
Visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England, with easy access from the train. Discover how you can have a car free day out at Alnwick Castle.