All aboard for Britain’s historic railway hotels

Britain’s beautiful and historic railway station hotels provide a chance to relax amid the grandeur of a bygone era. Take a look at the loveliest.

The Booking Office Bar at St Pancras hotel, London

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London

Formerly known as the Midland Grand Hotel, George Gilbert Scott’s neo-Gothic masterpiece is newly restored and is so timelessly lovely it’s been used as a Harry Potter film location.

The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

Winner of Bar of the Year and a Gold Laurel Award at the 2015 Scottish Hotel Awards. Recently redeveloped, the designers trod a careful line between recreating 19th-century style and obvious modernisation. 

The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

This Art Deco outpost looks out across the Lancashire seafront to the Lake District fells and was designed in 1932 with no expense spared. A destination in itself, it attracted the fabulous and fashionable.

The Royal York hotel, York
The Garden Room at the Royal York hotel, York

The Principal York, York

The hotel’s greatest triumph was – and still is – a huge garden with lawns, hedges, flowerbeds and an ornamental fountain, which has a footprint twice that of the hotel. Book a junior suite for the chance to enjoy views of historic York Minster.

Discover the full, fascinating history of Britain’s historic railway station hotels in the July/August issue of BRITAIN magazine.

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