Places

Hedon

Hedon’s must-visit heritage attraction is the majestic Church of St. Augustine which dates back to 1190. It is awe-inspiringly cathedral-like in size and took 250 years to build, with its glorious tower finally completed in the mid-15th century. Due to its staggering proportions, it is known as the King of Holderness. Find it overlooking Hedon’s cobbled marketplace which comes alive with bustling stalls every Wednesday.

Make sure to take time to visit the other historical buildings in the town, many of which have exhibitions showcasing the story behind Hedon. Call in at the Town Hall to view Hedon’s rare civic silver collection, which includes England’s oldest civic mace. Visit Hedon Museum to discover the origins of the town. Head slightly further afield to Fort Paull, initially constructed as part of Henry VIII’s coastal defence scheme in 1542 and rebuilt in 1808 in response to the possibility of invasion by Napoleon. Fort Paull is now a museum with exhibitions that capture its iconic moments in history and is an attraction that the whole family will love – the junior assault course and labyrinth of tunnels to explore are a particular favourite with children.  

Well-worth visiting is nearby Burton Constable, positioned just north of Hedon. This Elizabethan gem, first built in 1559, was dramatically renovated during the 18th century by the notable names of the day including landscaped gardens designed by Capability Brown. Explore the beautiful interiors of the hall, adorned with old paintings, priceless stained glass, hand-painted wallpaper and Chippendale furniture.