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These days, Huddersfield Station is probably best known for our most famous member of staff, Felix the station cat (she has 128,000 fans on Facebook). The other thing about Huddersfield Station though is, it’s an absolutely beautiful building. Don’t take our word for it though, Sir John Betjeman thought it the best train station in the UK and architectural wanderer and note-taker Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described it as 'one of the best early railway stations in England.’ So why not hop on a train to Huddersfield, get a snap of the Corinthian columns at the entrance to the building and see if you can get a snap of Felix while you’re at it. Over on Instagram, you can check out @welcometoyorkshire and the hashtag #Huddersfield
If you fancy a picture of an amazing and dizzying roof then you’ll struggle to do better than at the Leeds Corn Exchange - its dome is a vision. It was built in 1862 and overhauled in 2007 which left it looking as good as new. The space is used as a business and shopping centre nowadays so the only grain traded here is that you’ll find on fine leather in the fashion stores… or in the bread you can buy at one of the brilliant eateries.
The Corn Exchange is just 7 minutes from the station and on the way you’ll spy a ton more fantastic places to shoot like the Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane – check the listings while you’re passing – there might be a craft or record fair on. Also, right across the road from the Corn Exchange, you’ll see Cornucopia a brilliant mural depicting scenes from Leeds history alongside Abundantia, you know, that Roman goddess of abundance and prosperity.
There’s a bundle of brilliant buildings to shoot in Leeds so grab your camera and head for the station. If you’re on Instagram have a look at the hashtag #IgersLeeds and go to @visitleeds for some inspiration.
Leeds Is so good we featured it on our latest TV ad – have a gander.
The Liver Building, Albert Dock, the Pier Head (another star of our ad), Hope Street (one of our faves)... there are a million and one focal points for your lens in Liverpool. Right now though, the World Museum is where to head to get your Instagram on. The museum is hosting the Terracotta Warriors until October 2018. This life-sized army sat underground guarding a tomb for 2,000 years until they were discovered, by accident, in 1974. It’s the first time they’ve been in the UK in 10 years and there’s no telling when they and their chariots will return.
In addition to the earthenware infantry, the World Museum also has a planetarium, a bug room, an aquarium and a bucket-load of dinosaurs to boot. Go to @visitliverpool_ and @WorldMuseum and follow the hashtag #visitliverpool on Instagram.
If you prefer your pics to be less about edifices and more about fine dining, then Six By Nico is your camera stop. This Instagram-friendly, pop up restaurant has incarnations in both Glasgow and Edinburgh and the creations they come up with are both beautiful and incredibly edible.
The concept is that there’s a new menu introduced every six weeks inspired by a single theme. Thus far they’ve served up ‘Chippie’- ‘Childhood’- and even ‘Disney’-inspired menus and there are more to come. Check out the hashtag #sixbynico on Instagram to see the sort of mouthwatering morsels you could be gobbling up on your foodie feed.
There are few buildings in Europe that can compare with Chatsworth. And what’s more, if you head to Sheffield on a Transpennine Express train you can easily get an onwards rail connection that drops you at the door.
2018 marks the completion of the decade-long major restoration of the building – the most extensive work on Chatsworth in 200 years. So if you want to photograph something priceless then this is the jewel in the UK’s crown.
Also, until October 2018 there’s the ‘Chatsworth renewed: The house past, present and future’ exhibition. This allows visitors to peel back the layers of the house and see what’s underneath – a brilliant chance to take a new look at this much Instagrammed-house. Use the hashtag #Chatsworth and visit @chatsworthofficial to get aesthetically coshed by the beauty of the building and its incredible art collection.
If we've inspired you to get out and your Instagram on, don't forget to tag us so we can follow your adventures too @tpexpresstrains