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Trains to Howden

Whether you’re looking for a cheap family day out or a weekend away, Howden is a great base for Hull Trains passengers who are looking to discover the delights of Yorkshire. With the regular trains, travelling to Howden with the family has never been easier. 

It is certainly worth taking a trip with Hull Trains to Howden, a small Georgian inspired market town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, with some beautifully preserved narrow cobbled streets and restored buildings. Howden is perhaps most famous for the iconic Howden Minster, mentioned in the doomsday book and dating back to the eighth century.

Howden has some beautiful Georgian architecture, with a variety of specialist shops, tearooms and pubs. In the 19th century, the ‘Horse Fair’ took place in the market square and was renowned throughout Europe as buyers travelled great distances to buy horses for their country's armouries. Today there is a market which takes place in the Shire Hall every Friday.

With additional attractions including the Ashes Cricket Ground and Playing Field and Howden Marsh, Howden has become a popular stop along the Hull Trains route and a quiet base for exploring further afield.

With our cheap train tickets to Howden, it’s the perfect destination for a relax day spending quality time with the family.

Remember – you can save up to 60% on your cheap train tickets to Howden as well as collecting Nectar points. You can get 2 points for every £1 you spend, by booking in advance via our website. 

Howden Station

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DN14 7SE

Howden Station is situated approximately one mile from the town centre on the B1228. The station is unstaffed and does not have a ticket office. Passengers should purchase their tickets on the train.

Ticket office opening hours

Howden station is unstaffed and does not have a ticket office. Passengers should purchase their tickets on the train.

Car Park

There is no charge for railway users to park their car in this car park.


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Bus services in Howden are operated by East Yorkshire Motor Services. All information regarding bus routes, times etc. can be gained from the passenger information boards and the operator's website

Things to See & Do in Howden

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Howden Minster

Mentioned in the doomsday book, Howden Minster is a Grade I listed Church of England. Its full title is 'the Minster Church of St Peter and St Paul' and not only does it date back to the eighth century, but it is one of the largest and most magnificent churches in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The 135 foot tower dominates the Howden landscape and was built by Bishop Skirlaw, in about 1390. Although the Chancel collapsed during a thunderstorm on St. Stephen's Day 1696, the ruins remain today (viewable only from the outside), and are attached to the still operational minster church.

Howden Minster is managed by English heritage and admission is free.

For more information visit the English Heritage website.

The Shire Hall & Town market

Today a weekly market selling a colourful range of goods and produce takes place in the Shire Hall every Friday. Built in 1872 the Shire Hall was originally the Market Hall and is also a regular venue for Howden-Live theatre, entertainments and workshops.

For more information regarding these events please see the Howden Live website.

Ashes Cricket Ground and Playing Field

Originally forming part of the grounds of the manor and known as ‘The Ashes’ from the 17th century, the playing fields were given to the people of Howden in 1925. The letters APF (Ashes Playing Fields) can be seen on the Fruit House, picked out in medieval tracery. There is also a children’s play area.

Howden Marsh

(Off Pinfold Street/Marsh End, St John's Street, Howden).

On the outskirts of town is a local nature reserve known as Howden Marsh, a lovely place to go for a peaceful walk, or just to take in the beautiful surroundings and to enjoy the local birds and wildlife. Howden Marsh is home to ducks, moorhens, coots, finches and many other bird species, and is a popular spot for fishing, dog walkers and bird-watchers.

For more information visit the Howden Town Council website. 

Food & Drink in Howden

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Zolsha (Indian Restaurant & Take-away)

4 Bridgegate, Howden, DN14 7AB Tel: 01430 432232

This contemporary Indian restaurant offers traditional, seasonable Indian cuisine, catering for all tastes and all party sizes. The Thursday evening banquet, Sunday Mega buffet or Zolsha’s set meal come highly recommended.

The Kings Head (Barmby)

Barmby on the Marsh, Howden, Dn14 7HT Tel: 01757 630705

The Kings Head is a family-run, traditional village pub dating back to the early 1800s. The pub has recently been refurbished and promises great, homemade, locally sourced food with high quality service and a relaxing environment. The menu serves up an array of fine cuisine, including Black Sheep Sticky Belly Pork, West Bank Summer Lamb Stew, Rib Eye Steak and Duck Breast.

For more information visit The Kings Head website.

The Rustic Kitchen at the Barnes Wallis Inn

Station Road, North Howden. Tel: 01430 430639

Just along from Howden station is this family-run pub, offering Rustic Style country cooked food. Dishes are created using fresh locally produced ingredients purchased from farm shops and local farmers and fresh fish. Meals are available Tuesday to Friday early evenings and all day Saturdays and Sundays, although it is advisable to book. There is also a wide range of real ales, bottled European lagers and beers, and the pub has been listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide year on year.

The pub is named after the 20th century inventor Sir Barnes Neville Wallis, most famous for inventing the bouncing bomb as used in the Dambusters Raid over the Ruhr dams in World War 2. The pub displays some extensive Barnes Wallis and Dambusters memorabilia.

For more information visit the Barnes Wallis Inn website.

Overnight in Howden

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The Bowmans Hotel

35 Bridgegate, Howden, DN14 7AE Tel: 01430 430 805

Situated in the centre of Howden, the Bowmans Hotel offers ensuite rooms complete with TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. Guests can expect a full English breakfast, or hot sandwiches to take away if you prefer an early start. There is a large bar serving daytime and evening meals, and complete with pool table and evening entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays. Free internet is available in some areas of the premises.

For more information visit the Late Rooms website.

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