Voted one of the best places to live in the UK, Beverley is also one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets. Renowned for its exquisite 13th-century Minster, the town is home to a lively market, a thriving music scene, excellent flat racing and a medieval skyline that remains refreshingly unspoilt.
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.
Text taken from Welcome to Yorkshire, with permission. Visit http://www.yorkshire.com/places/east-yorkshire/beverley for more on the town and surrounding area.