Visit Goole - so much to see and do

Goole, where maritime heritage meets modern vibrancy, welcomes visitors to explore its historic port, bustling market town atmosphere, and serene parklands.

Discover Goole

Goole’s maritime history and industrial past is written into its skyline.

Alongside tall cranes and derricks, you’ll find distinctive water towers and proud Victorian buildings.

Walk into the centre and you’ll discover a new Goole, a bustling vehicle-free shopping centre with its own market hall and an abundance of quiet gardens and parks.

Stay in Goole

Picture of Wheelgate House

Wheelgate House

Wheelgate House, main st, reedness, Goole, DN14 8ER, United Kingdom

PHOENIX Executive Apart-Hotel

Dock House, St. Johns Street, Goole, DN14 5QL, United Kingdom

Dovecote Farm House

Goole, DN14 0QZ, United Kingdom

Warm and cosy in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire

15 Cottingham Street, Goole, DN14 5RR, United Kingdom

Springs Apartment

Flat 1 2 Springs Gardens, Goole, DN14 5JA, United Kingdom

PHOENIX Executive Apart-Hotel

Dock House, Goole, DN14 5QL, United Kingdom

See also our dedicated Goole hotels page for a more comprehensive list.

Attractions in Goole

About Goole

Goole is a port town accessible via the River Ouse which empties into the Humber Estuary near Goole. While Goole is now in East Yorkshire, the town’s historic county is the West Riding of Yorkshire.

According to the 2011 UK census, Goole parish had a population of 19,518, an increase on the 2001 UK census figure of 17,600.

It is 16 miles north-east of Doncaster, 19 miles south of York and 29 miles west of Hull.

The town has the United Kingdom’s furthest inland port, being about 50 miles from the North Sea.

It is capable of handling nearly 2 million tonnes of cargo per year, making it one of the most important ports on England’s east coast.

Goole is twinned with Złotów in Poland. Goole was informally twinned with Gibraltar in the 1960s; at that time, Gibraltar Court was named in Goole and Goole Court was named in Gibraltar.

Goole on the Map

Goole is next to the River Ouse, which has run it’s course through the city of York and collected river from much of Yorkshire, before draining soon after Goole, into the immensely navigable Humber Estuary, which runs past Hull.

Goole FAQs

What County is Goole in?

This question is not as simple as it might, at first, sound. Goole is in East Yorkshire, right now. Historically, however, it was in the far larger “West Riding of Yorkshire” which is why there is confusion, and a lot of people don’t feel sure. Correct answer: East Yorkshire. Discover More: East Yorkshire.

Is Goole a City?

No – Goole is a large market town, not a city.

Where is Goole, East Yorkshire located?

Goole is a town, civil parish and inland port located in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.

What are some popular attractions in Goole, East Yorkshire?

Some popular attractions in Goole include the Goole Museum, the Yorkshire Waterways Museum, and the Junction theatre.

Goole Fact Pack

  1. Goole is a town located in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
  2. It is located approximately 20 miles from the city of Hull.
  3. Goole is situated at the confluence of the River Ouse and the River Don.
  4. The town has a population of around 20,000 people.
  5. Goole was founded in 1826 as a port and railway town.
  6. The town’s name is derived from the Old Norse word “gol”, meaning a muddy place or stream.
  7. Goole is a major inland port and handles a variety of cargoes, including steel, coal, and timber.
  8. The town is home to several major companies, including British Steel, Guardian Industries, and The Howden Group.
  9. Goole has a strong agricultural heritage and is surrounded by fertile farmland.
  10. The town is a popular destination for anglers, with several fishing lakes and rivers in the surrounding area.
  11. Goole has a range of historic buildings, including the Grade II listed St. John’s Church and the historic Dutch House.
  12. The town is served by a number of excellent schools, including Goole Academy and Goole High School.
  13. Goole has a thriving arts and culture scene, with several galleries and museums, including the Goole Museum and Art Gallery and the Waterways Museum.
  14. The town is a popular location for bird watching, with several nature reserves and wetlands in the surrounding area.
  15. Goole is well-connected by road and rail, with excellent transport links to nearby towns and cities.
  16. The town has several beautiful parks and gardens, including West Park and Oakhill Nature Reserve.
  17. Goole has a range of sports facilities, including a leisure centre, football stadium, and golf course.
  18. The town has a range of shops and supermarkets, including Tesco and Morrisons.
  19. Goole has a thriving community of small businesses and independent retailers.
  20. The town is home to several historic pubs and inns, including the Railway Tavern and the Mariners Inn.
  21. Goole has a range of events and festivals throughout the year, including the Goole and District Agricultural Show and the Goole Waterways Festival.
  22. The town has a strong sense of community, with several active community groups and volunteer organisations.
  23. Goole has a range of affordable housing options, including council houses and private rental properties.
  24. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the Yorkshire Wolds and the River Humber.
  25. Goole is a friendly and welcoming town, with a rich history and a strong sense of identity.

Where next?

After exploring Goole in East Yorkshire, there are several nearby places worth visiting. Head to the historic city of York, renowned for its stunning Minster, ancient city walls, and the Shambles, a medieval shopping street.

Nature lovers should visit the Yorkshire Wolds, a series of rolling hills and charming villages perfect for hiking and cycling.

Don’t miss Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture, with its vibrant arts scene, maritime history, and the impressive aquarium, The Deep.

For a seaside experience, visit Bridlington with its beautiful beaches, promenade, and historic harbour. Lastly, the stately home and gardens of Burton Agnes Hall offer a glimpse into the grandeur of the past.

See more cities, towns and villages in East Yorkshire.