Visit Driffield (Great Driffield) - Heart of the Yorkshire Wolds

Driffield, often referred to as the ‘Capital of the Wolds’, effortlessly combines historical depth with the scenic beauty of East Yorkshire, making it a captivating destination for visitors.

Discover Driffield

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.

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Places to Stay

Also see our dedicated hotels in Driffield page.

Kingfisher Corner

Great Driffield, YO25 8HL, United Kingdom

Hurdles Cottage

Great Driffield, YO25 3DS, United Kingdom

The White House, Driffield

Great Driffield, YO25 9UQ, United Kingdom

The Stables

Great Driffield, YO25 8HL, United Kingdom

The Old Barn

Great Driffield, YO25 3DS, United Kingdom

The Granary, Driffield

Great Driffield, YO25 9XY, United Kingdom

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Driffield Fact Pack

  1. Driffield is a small market town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
  2. It is located approximately 16 miles northeast of the city of Hull.
  3. The town’s population is around 13,000.
  4. Driffield is known as the “Capital of the Wolds” due to its location at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.
  5. The town is surrounded by rolling countryside and is popular with walkers and cyclists.
  6. Driffield has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation in the area dating back to the Neolithic period.
  7. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Derefeld”.
  8. Driffield grew as a market town in the medieval period, with a market charter granted in 1251.
  9. The town’s main industries in the past included agriculture, leatherworking, and brewing.
  10. Driffield was once an important center for horse racing, with the first race meeting held in 1719.
  11. The town’s church, All Saints’ Church, dates back to the 12th century and is known for its impressive stained glass windows.
  12. Driffield has a number of notable buildings and landmarks, including the historic Georgian houses on Market Place and Middle Street.
  13. The town’s railway station, Driffield railway station, was built in 1846 and is still in use today.
  14. Driffield has a number of parks and green spaces, including Driffield Showground, which hosts the annual Driffield Show.
  15. The town has a range of independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, as well as larger chain stores.
  16. The local football team, Driffield Town AFC, plays in the Humber Premier League.
  17. Driffield has a range of educational facilities, including primary schools, secondary schools, and a college.
  18. The town’s annual Christmas lights switch-on event is a popular local tradition.
  19. Driffield is home to a number of community organizations and clubs, including the Driffield Silver Band and the Driffield and Wolds Food Network.
  20. The town’s economy is largely based on agriculture, tourism, and retail.
  21. Driffield is situated close to a number of other popular tourist destinations, including the seaside towns of Bridlington and Scarborough.
  22. The area around Driffield is known for its chalk streams, which are important habitats for a range of wildlife.
  23. The town is served by a number of bus services, including routes to Hull, Scarborough, and York.
  24. Driffield is a friendly, welcoming town with a strong sense of community and a rich history.

Frequently Asked Questions about Driffield, East Yorkshire

What is Driffield, East Yorkshire known for?

Driffield, often known as the Capital of the Wolds, is a market town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It’s known for its annual agricultural show, which is one of the UK’s largest one-day shows, and its canal, which is a popular location for leisure activities.

What are some popular attractions in Driffield, East Yorkshire?

Some popular attractions in Driffield include the Driffield Canal, All Saints’ Church, the Driffield Showground, and the Wolds Way Lavender farm. The town also has a variety of shops, restaurants, and pubs.

How can I get to Driffield, East Yorkshire?

Driffield is well connected by road and rail. The town is located on the A614, A166 and B1249, and has a railway station on the Yorkshire Coast Line that provides direct services to Bridlington, Scarborough, Sheffield, and Hull.

Where Next?

After exploring Driffield, East Yorkshire, there are several nearby places worth visiting. The historic city of York, with its stunning cathedral, the York Minster, and the fascinating Jorvik Viking Centre, is just an hour’s drive away. The coastal town of Bridlington, known for its beautiful beaches and the iconic Bridlington Spa, is also a short drive away. Nature lovers should not miss the opportunity to visit the Yorkshire Wolds, a series of rolling hills and charming villages, perfect for hiking and cycling. The bustling city of Hull, with its award-winning aquarium, The Deep, and numerous museums and galleries, is also within easy reach.

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