York’s Railway Heritage

  • 1.5 Hours
  • Max guests: 25
  • Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11am

Tour Highlights

York has been a hub of transportation since the Romans established the city in AD71, linking it to an efficient road system and making use of its waterways.


However, the city is also famed for its rich railway heritage and is home to the largest railway museum in the world.


This tour provides a unique insight into how and why York became an important centre for the railway industry, and the four men named George (George Hudson, George Townsend Andrews, George Stephenson and George Leeman) who were instrumental in shaping the city’s railway heritage.


As well as uncovering layers of history, there’s an opportunity to learn about the buildings connected to the industry, from the original railway station which was built in 1840, through to an extended tour option which takes in the National Railway Museum.


It is an absolute must for anyone interested in the subject, but has also been designed for those with little knowledge of the railway.


Meet your guide

Tour guide Gemma is a transgender woman, who found herself sleeping rough and living in hostels following the sudden unexpected death of her landlady. She is a passionate railway enthusiast and her York guided tour explores how the railway has shaped and transformed the city.

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Tour revenue will be invested in providing support for our tour guides, who have all been affected by homelessness. If you can donate, any extra amount will be greatly appreciated and very helpful.