Great Britain has a long affair with railways, with pioneers such as George Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel hailing from UK shores.

The country has experienced the golden age of steam and then the transition from coal to electricity, with modern-day trains now dominating the rails. The nation's railway network allows passengers to travel to every corner of the land from the beaches of Brighton to the northern climes of Wick.

As the trains have evolved over the decades, so have the stations. However, some of these landmarks still retain the architecture of a bygone era.

Here are a selection of some of the UK's most magnificent stations.

King's Cross Station, London

One of the busiest stations in the nation it is also one that has undergone a vast amount of changes over the centuries. First opened in 1852, the station saw famous engines such as The Flying Scotsman take passengers to parts of the country previously unattainable through public transport.

It acts as the terminus for the busy East Coast main line, connecting the English capital with Scotland. In 2005, a £500 million restoration project was announced and the departure gate now is home to a huge open air plaza aiming to reduce the amount of congestion during rush hours.

The station is also home to the fabled platform nine and three-quarters which Harry Potter took to Hogwart's in the film and book series.

Newcastle Central Station

Another stop on the East Coast main line, Newcastle's station is a real jewel in the crown in terms of north-east transport. Designed by John Dobson and opened by Queen Victoria in 1850, Central Station dominates the city's landscape.

Over the years, developers have stayed true to the overall design and kept the neoclassical styled frontage which make the station an unmistakable landmark.

The station is set to been regenerated in the coming years but planners have maintained that it will keep a simple layout which will accentuate the grade one listed architecture.

Pickering Station, North Yorkshire

Despite not being in use by Network Rail, Pickering railway station still holds a place in the hearts of a number of railway enthusiasts. Since its closure in 1965 it has been subject to a major restoration project.

The station forms part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and is decorated in paraphernalia from the 1930s, giving it the feel of a wartime station. Significant investment has been put into the facility which includes an impressively re-instated roof that was originally built in 1847.

Passengers can ride the railway on a daily basis with prices starting from £14 for adults.

Glasgow Central station

Glasgow Central station has a long and rich history and has undergone a number of refurbishments to meet the growing demand of the city. Following a series of revamps it was finally completed in 1905.

Sitting at the top of the famous Argyle Street, it is home to 13 platforms, allowing passengers to travel to every corner of the country.

The station also houses The Central Hotel, which is one of the grandest and oldest hotels in Glasgow after being officially opened in April 1907.