Originally established in 700 AD as Inderawuda, Beverley is a Yorkshire market town that is considered one of the best places to live in northern England. It was renamed after its founder, Saint John of Beverley, and due to its pilgrimage sites and wool industry, it was once one of the richest towns in the country.
Things to do in Beverley
An architectural highlight of the town is the Beverley Minster, a Gothic masterpiece and one of the largest parish churches in the United Kingdom. Now Grade I listed, it features a soaring nave and shafts of Purbeck marble, as well as one of the few remaining frith stools in England. Coincide your visit with a service to hear the organ in action, with its richly carved wooden screen designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
Fronted by four immense columns is the Beverley Guildhall, which has been remodelled several times since its founding in 1320. Step inside the courtroom to see its Rococo-style stucco ceiling and admire the paintings on display by Fred and Mary Elwell. The Beverley Guildhall houses a community museum where artefacts of local history are exhibited.
Sprawling west of town is the Beverley Westwood, a scenic pasture dotted with the remains of lime kilns. Stroll amidst the free-roaming cattle and sheep while admiring the towering Black Mill. On the southern edge of the Beverley Westwood is an 18-hole golf club offering magnificent views of the town and its surrounding countryside.
Getting around Beverley
Beverley is around 15 minutes’ drive from Hull and just over an hour from Leeds. Leeds Bradford Airport is 1.5 hours away and has flights to destinations across Europe. Regular trains connect to the Beverley railway station and the town is small enough to explore on foot.