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Beverley is the county town of the East Riding of Yorkshire, an ancient market town. The name Beverley means 'stream frequented by beavers'.

Founded in the 7th century by St John of Beverley, the town was a prominent Saxon religious centre in Saxon times. Beverley Minster, the collegiate church of the monastry, founded in around 700 AD by St John, developed as the centre of pilgramage.

In medieval times pilgrims flocked here after hearing of miracles attributed to the town's founder (who was canonized in 1037).

Beverley was also an important wool trading centre and by 1377 was one of the 12 largest towns in England, and one of the richest. Following the Dissolution of the monastries by Henry VIII the town lost most of it's status.

Beverley Minster was not chosen to be a cathedral, and since 1550 the magnificent Gothic building has been the largest parish church in England.

In the 18th century Beverley developed as the prime market town, and has some fine Georgian architecture.

Beverley continues to attract many tourists, who come to admire its wonderful religious buildings and the town's medieval streets which now have antique shops and craft arcades.

The historic marketplace, with its distinctive Market Cross, still hosts markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Beverley Racecourse is very popular, and the town is also noted for its annual music festivals.

Tourist Attractions in and near Beverley to Visit

Activities

Activities

Beverley Racecourse Beverley Racecourse, one mile from the town centre, is one of the key attractions of the East Riding of Yorkshire

Churches

Churches

Beverley Minster The largest parish church in England, and widely regarded to be one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in Europe. The original church was founded in the 7th century by St John of Beverley and during the Middle Ages became an important place of pilgrim

Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Beverley Friary Restored extensively in the 1980s,Beverley Friary is the last remaining example of a Dominican Friary in the region and is now a YHA Youth Hostel.

Museums

Museums

Skidby Working Windmill 4.2 miles This Grade II listed windmill was built in 1821 and extended to its present height of five stories in 1870. The magnificent windmill stands in over an acre of land boasting superb views over the Yorkshire Wolds.

Days Out around Beverley.

Hull , for the historic centre, shopping , theater and more. Or off to the coast to visit Hornsea and Bridlington

Towns Near Beverley To Visit - straight line distance:

Cottingham (4.51 miles) Hull (7.80 miles) Market Weighton (9.87 miles) Driffield (11.06 miles)
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How to get to Beverley
8 miles north of Hull on A1174 or A1079

Beverley Tourist Information Centre

  • 34 Butcher Row
    Beverley
    HU17 0AB
    Tel: 01482 391672
    Email: beverley.tic@eastriding.gov.uk
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Tickton Grange Hotel
Beverley Tickton Grange, Tickton, Beverley Beverley HU17 9SH

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The Tudor Rose Hotel
Wednesday Market Beverley HU17 0DG

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Holiday Cottages
Morleys Mews
Beverley HU17 9BT
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The Smithy
High Farm Country Park Routh near Beverley HU17 9SL
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The Parlour
High Farm Country Park Routh near Beverley HU17 9SL
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Beverley Weather
Saturday 26th July
Day :Sunny skies29°C Sunny skies
Night :Partly cloudy skies16°C Partly cloudy skies
Sunday 27th July
Day :Sunny skies24°C Sunny skies
Night :Light rain13°C Light rain
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