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Few locations capture the relaxed charm of the Yorkshire Wolds like Driffield.
Founded in Saxon times, the thriving town centre has retained its sleepy rural character and brings together the vivid history, culture and flavour of the surrounding countryside.
Explore the 500-year-old tower or the Georgian glamour of Sledmere House, and dip into haunted pubs and award-winning markets.
Or, go with the flow and leave it all behind with a walk at the waterside. Don’t forget to also checkout Howden when in East Yorkshire.
Places to Stay
Also see our dedicated hotels in Driffield page.
Scarborough CottageScarborough Cottage, 30 Scarborough Road, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 5HA, United Kingdom
The Old BarnThe Old Barn, Eastgate Farm, Thwing, DRIFFIELD, North Yorkshire, YO25 3DS, United Kingdom
Hurdles CottageHurdles Cottage, Eastgate Farm, Thwing, DRIFFIELD, North Yorkshire, YO25 3DS, United Kingdom
Bella’s CottageBella’s Cottage, North Dalton Manor, North Dalton, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 9UX, United Kingdom
Corner ViewCorner View, Corner View, Main Street, North Dalton, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 9XA, United Kingdom
Best Western Bell in DriffieldThe Bell Hotel, Market Place, Great Driffield, YO25 6AN, United Kingdom
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Driffield Fact Pack
- Driffield is a small market town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
- It is located approximately 16 miles northeast of the city of Hull.
- The town’s population is around 13,000.
- Driffield is known as the “Capital of the Wolds” due to its location at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.
- The town is surrounded by rolling countryside and is popular with walkers and cyclists.
- Driffield has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation in the area dating back to the Neolithic period.
- The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Derefeld”.
- Driffield grew as a market town in the medieval period, with a market charter granted in 1251.
- The town’s main industries in the past included agriculture, leatherworking, and brewing.
- Driffield was once an important center for horse racing, with the first race meeting held in 1719.
- The town’s church, All Saints’ Church, dates back to the 12th century and is known for its impressive stained glass windows.
- Driffield has a number of notable buildings and landmarks, including the historic Georgian houses on Market Place and Middle Street.
- The town’s railway station, Driffield railway station, was built in 1846 and is still in use today.
- Driffield has a number of parks and green spaces, including Driffield Showground, which hosts the annual Driffield Show.
- The town has a range of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, as well as larger chain stores.
- The local football team, Driffield Town AFC, plays in the Humber Premier League.
- Driffield has a range of educational facilities, including primary schools, secondary schools, and a college.
- The town’s annual Christmas lights switch-on event is a popular local tradition.
- Driffield is home to a number of community organizations and clubs, including the Driffield Silver Band and the Driffield and Wolds Food Network.
- The town’s economy is largely based on agriculture, tourism, and retail.
- Driffield is situated close to a number of other popular tourist destinations, including the seaside towns of Bridlington and Scarborough.
- The area around Driffield is known for its chalk streams, which are important habitats for a range of wildlife.
- The town is served by a number of bus services, including routes to Hull, Scarborough, and York.
- Driffield is a friendly, welcoming town with a strong sense of community and a rich history.
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