Beverley is a historic market town, a great place to visit on your stay at our Yorkshire Holiday Park. Things to do in Beverly include visiting Beverley Minster, hitting the shops for a bit of retail therapy and there’s even a racecourse where you can enjoy a lively day cheering on the horses!
If you have time to do just one thing in Beverley, then head to the Minster, arguably one of the most beautiful churches in England.
In the Middle Ages, Beverley, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was one of England’s ten largest towns, mainly due to it’s successful wool trade. That is one of the reasons that Beverley Minster is one of the largest churches in the country – at 102 metres, it is longer than many English cathedrals!
It’s also bang up to date – visitors can download an app from the church’s website which gives you a self guided tour of the Minster, identifying the important points of interest. Watch your children gain a sudden interest in churches once they know they can use their phones!
A Day at the Races
Set in the stunning surroundings of Beverley Westwood, Beverley Racecourse holds horse racing between April and September every year. There are family-friendly race days which include petting zoos and funfair rides; check out the website for full details and dates of each of the race days.
Browse Beverley’s Markets
Being a market town, you must visit one of the traditional markets that take place on a Saturday and a Wednesday each week. Checking out the stalls is a fun thing to do in Beverley; the Saturday market dates back to its charter in the Middle Ages but the stalls now are a little more up to date with a nice mix of traditional and modern goods.
Fun at Flemingate
If the weather is looking a bit ‘iffy’ then head to Flemingate. This shopping centre hosts many of the big brand names in which you can while away a couple of hours, plus there’s also a range of restaurants and a cinema complex.
Explore the Georgian Quarter
You may have heard of the North Bar, one of East Riding’s most famous landmarks. This structure is the only surviving brick built town gate in the country, forming part of a series of defences that surrounded this once prosperous settlement. Top of the list of things to do in Beverley is walk under this gate and admire the town’s Georgian Quarter.
The fascinating streets of the Georgian Quarter contain the largest number of listed buildings in one street in the region. Also this part of Beverley is home to St Mary’s Church a stunning building that stands proudly over the streets and is must see for any visitor to Beverley.
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If you need to stretch your legs and let the children burn off some energy then a great thing to do in Beverley is to visit Beverley Westwood, just a short walk from the town centre.
This huge area of pastureland offers you space to walk, picnic, fly kites, play football, even ride horses. In the summer months cows and sheep roam freely on the pastures and golfers from Beverley Golf Club play their game here too.
A Pub Visit
The White Horse Inn (Nellies) is one of the oldest pubs in Beverley, dating back to 1666. Its nickname comes from Nellie Collinson, the landlady who resided here until 1976 when the pub was sold to Samuel Smiths Brewery.
Walking into Nellies is like stepping back in time, with atmospheric lighting and seating in little nooks and crannies.
The Art Trail
If your kids are not enamoured with the thought of a trip to town, then a fun thing to do in Beverley is to see who can spot the most paintings that are on display on exterior walls around the town. These paintings are part of the ‘Painting the Town Fred and Mary’ exhibition that features paintings from local artists Fred and Mary Elwell. There are 22 paintings in total, so get searching!
For such a small town, Beverley certainly has a lot of attractions! Whilst on your holidays at your Yorkshire holiday park, then a visit here adds up to a fun day out for all the family.