In 1969 the last train left Richmond, the tracks were torn up, and the town's old railway station looked as if its days were numbered. The passenger terminus then became a garden centre, which closed in 2001.
Since then, thanks to the contribution of hundreds of volunteers and donors, the magnificent Victorian building has been sympathetically restored – and reborn as The Station in 2007.
Inside there's a café-restaurant, 3-screen cinema, micro-brewery, award-winning bakery, ice-cream makers and The Shop, selling a range of artist-made treasures.
The walls are hung with an ever-changing collection of art and there are regular activities such as language classes, singing and pilates, plus meeting rooms for hire.
The Station is on the Coast to Coast route, and makes an ideal start, finish or mid-way stopping off point for a range of riverside walks.
The Station is open every day, except for Christmas Day. Individual businesses within The Station have their own opening times so check ahead to avoid disappointment. Car parking is available, and there's a bus stop (Arriva) directly outside the building.