If you look carefully at some of the shops you can see the wide window ledges where the meat was sold as well as butcher hooks. Today, you will find some interesting artisan retailers and one of the shops has a Priest Hole that were found in catholic houses where the priest would hide when they were persecuted by law. See if you can find it!
St Helen's Square & Stonegate
You do not require a platform ticket to access the platforms in York, so we strongly recommend having a walk around the station. Three features that you find together is the footbridge, original signal box and overhanging station clock.
The bridge incidentally, takes you to the National Railway Museum as well as the platforms. The NRM is a heritage railway museum that hosts the record breaking Mallard (126 mph), the only Japanese bullet train outside of Japan, the streamlined Coronation Scot, a mock of George Stephenson’s Rocket and much much more. This museum is free entry and you can leave a donation if you desire to.
Before we close our tour, we also recommend walking to the south of the station where you may discover some heritage locomotives. On our visit, we discovered two class 37 locomotives used for special charter trains at the weekend. These locomotives were built in the 1960’s and there are only a handful left on the network.
The large brick building behind stands one of twelve operating centres that control the entire rail network.
This concludes our City of York Smartphone Tour, but you may want to try the others if you have any energy remaining!