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Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, Beverley is also one of Yorkshire's best kept secrets. Renowned for its exquisite 13th Century Minster, the town is home to a lively market, a thriving music scene, excellent flat racing and a mediaeval skyline that remains refreshingly unspoilt.
Beverley Minster Feast your eyes on Europe’s finest Gothic architecture and sculpture in Beverley’s unmissable centrepiece.
Beverley Markets Keep your eye out for lovely markets in Beverley.
Before the reorganisation of county boundaries in 1974, Beverley was the county town of East Riding of Yorkshire
Beverley comes from 'the beaver's clearing' - probably an Old English version of an earlier name
Beverley first became a tourist destination in the 12th Century and the town's pretty cobbled streets and courtyards continue to attract history buffs, music lovers, racegoers and shoppers. For a perfect introduction, head for landmarks like the Minster, St. Mary's Church and the market. Then, experience some of Britain's finest flat racing, or dip into one of the many acclaimed local restaurants. And if all that seems a little too energetic, escape to the wildflower meadows of Westwood and the Yorkshire Wolds.
Widely regarded as one of Europe's finest Gothic churches, Beverley Minster is famous for its abundance of 13th Century stone carvings, stained glass and decoration. Nearby, St. Mary's Church is also blessed with many architectural wonders and oddities. For a taste of mediaeval Beverley, take the colourful town trail, or browse the bustling streets of Toll Gavel, Ladygate and Hengate on market day. Then, soak up the atmosphere in one of Beverley's many historic pubs.
Horse racing has been a part of Beverley life since the 16th Century and the course is known for its regular flat racing and family-friendly race days. The picturesque town centre is also a good place to shop for designer style and the mediaeval market is an ideal spot to pick up local cheese, sausages and crafts. If you love live music, you may also want to make a date with the Beverley Folk Festival or the Early Music Festival and catch some of Britain's best live performers.
If you love live music, you may want to make a date with the Beverley Folk Festival or the Early Music Festival and catch some of Britain's best live performers. These two festivals are the stand out events in the annual Beverley calendar and are not to be missed:
Beverley Folk Festival - For 30 years, the festival has helped to put Beverley on the music map. It's 3 nights & 2 days of: Concerts, Dance, Comedy, Film, Literature, Poetry, Family & Youth Events, Workshops, Craft Fair, Food Outlets, Real Ale Bars, Camping and lots more!
Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival - The 2013 Festival will run from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 May. Guest artists include the Renaissance vocal ensemble Gallicantus the acclaimed harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock and the ever-entertaining Carnival Band with Vivien Ellis.
Beverley Racecourse - has been a part of Beverley for over 300 years. Set in the stunning surroundings of The Westwood, the racecourse hosts right-handed flat racing over one mile and three furlongs. Beverley Racecourse is home to some of the most anticipated races in the UK. The Hilary Needler Trophy, Rapid Lad Handicap and Beverley Bullet are all set here. Along with Ladies' Day, these popular events have helped the racecourse win national recognition.Beverley Westwood, with its landmark Black Mill, is home to the ancient Beverley and East Riding Golf Club and is one of Yorkshire's finest and most natural golf courses. Founded in 1889, the Westwood course is arguably the oldest in Yorkshire. It boasts an enviable mix of golfing landscape - parkland, heathland and links - taking advantage of the ups and downs of the rolling fairways and magnificent views of the market town and its spectacular Minster.
From Michelin star dining through to cosy, pub food - there's something for everyone's taste (and budget) in Beverley, including:
The Pipe & Glass - East Yorkshire's first and only Michelin Star, The Pipe & Glass is committed to sourcing as much local and seasonal produce as possible - but first and foremost it's quality that counts. Dating back to the 15th century, The Pipe & Glass Inn stands on the site of the original gatehouse to Dalton Park, still the residence of Lord Hotham.
Lempicka cafe - Cosy cafe in the town centre offering exciting and delicious food made from scratch every day. The cakes are to die for and the coffee is just as good.
The Westwood Bar & Grill - Simple, yet stylish food, locally sourced, served with informal yet polished service in a contemporary and stylish 70-seater restaurant.
Ferguson Fawsitt Arms - Set in the picturesque village of Walkington, just three miles from Beverley, The Ferguson Fawsitt was named after two important local families. The original license at the Ferguson Fawsitt was granted in 1866 when J.D. Ferguson brother of the rector, married wealthy heiress Miss. Eliza Fawsitt. The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms offers a superb carvery serving a variety of hot and cold food freshly prepared and cooked on the premises. A bar food menu is also available.
Farthing's Steak Emporium - Where bold, flavoursome food, is served in a welcoming & relaxed atmosphere.
Light Dragoon in Etton - A family run pub has the traditional ambiance and welcome feel that is expected. The pub can boast some of the finest food, wines and beers in the area.
Staal smokehouse - An exclusive, award winning, family run business dedicated to delivering the finest smoked products to your door.
With its award winning walks, softly undulating chalk uplands, secret valleys and time forgotten villages, the Yorkshire Wolds is one of the UK's rambling hot spots. It's also one of those serene destinations where you can wander all day if you fancy without meeting a soul (apart from the occasional sheep). The Yorkshire Wolds is footpath heaven. Cross-hatched with routes, there's a walk to suit ramblers of every persuasion. And whether you opt for a challenging twenty-miler or a leisurely afternoon stroll, you can be sure of returning with a smile on your face.
Head to Beverley Maze: the maze that's cut out of maize! Come and explore the maze, solve the fun quiz trail and climb the towers to get a birds-eye view! This is a great place to explore with the family.
Yorkshire's last working windmill, a four-sailed tower mill built in 1821 by Norman and Smithson of Hull. The adjacent warehouses form the Museum of East Riding Rural Life, with displays illustrating the agricultural and rural history of the area, and including a range of simple child-friendly interactive exhibits. Children's trails and information sheets are available free from the mill reception, and there are hand-held information sheets in both galleries and in the mill tower.
Beverley Minster is renowned for the grace of its Gothic style. It contains elements of three styles: Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular. On the site where Beverley Minster stands prayers have been offered to God for 1300 years; many who visit the church today experience a sense of quiet and spiritual peace within its walls. Visitors to East Yorkshire are surprised to find in the relatively unknown town of Beverley one of the finest Gothic churches in Europe.
Beverley Art Gallery is located in the heart of the town. It is a fine example of a purpose built Edwardian Art Gallery and the only arts heritage facility of its kind in East Yorkshire. Holding the largest collection of works by celebrated local artist, Frederick Elwell and running a temporary exhibition and education programme, along with themed exhibitions from the permanent collection.
Rowley Manor - This fine Georgian grade II listed building was the rectory to St Peters Church, Rowley. In 1969, Rowley Manor was then converted into a Hotel, offering a country house welcome, combined with fine food and excellent service.
Burton Mount Country House - Located at the very heart of picturesque East Yorkshire and hugging the Yorkshire Wolds, Burton Mount Country House offers luxury accommodation for both the leisure and business traveller looking for a perfect Bed and Breakfast and all within easy reach of Beverley, Hull and Bishop Burton.
Beverley provides quite an upmarket shopping experience in a beautiful and historic setting. It in lined with cobbled streets and charming courtyards, all contributing to a sense of charm and affluence. The hustle and bustle of this market down strikes a perfect harmony between past and present, offering an array of things to do. The town centre has many high street names including Monsoon, Jaeger, Burtons, Lakeland, Laura Ashley and M&S. Away from the household brands though, Beverley is famous for its market. The Saturday Market provides a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, each week proving to be as lively and colourful as the one before. As well as the market there's also many smaller, independent shops. Antique shops and craft arcades are tucked away down the narrow streets, amongst a pub on every corner brimming over with history and atmosphere.
The Market town of Beverley's North Bar Within and North Bar Without form one of the East Ridings most treasured landmarks. These architecturally fascinating streets, divided by the 15th century North Bar, contain one of the greatest concentrations of listed buildings in the region.
Historically this area has been a thriving retail, leisure, and business centre as well as being a popular tourist destination. In recognition of it's unique status and place in Beverley's history, the area has been rebranded "The Georgian Quarter" to represent the unrivalled lifestyle and shopping that it has to offer. No visit to Beverley would be complete without taking in The Georgian Quarter, where the eclectic retail, leisure, and business mix, makes it a must for locals, regular visitors, and tourists alike.
Due to open in 2014, is the new and exciting ‘Flemingate' retail and leisure complex in the busy market town of Beverley. As well as masses of large retailers, visitors can enjoy a 5 screen digital cinema, restaurants and bars and much more.
Visitors to East Yorkshire are surprised to find in Beverley one of the finest Gothic churches in Europe.
Beverley is one of those beautiful Yorkshire towns that is worth visiting just for a walk through it's historic streets
There's a real eclectic mix of shops in Beverley and for can easily spend a few hours exploring the many treats available
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