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 2015 festival will a mix of anniversaries celebrating justice, liberty and the lives of some remarkable musicians.
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 The Journal 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.