Beverley, located just north of Hull, lies close to the River Humber in East Yorkshire. A traditional Yorkshire market town with a Victorian and Georgian centre, Beverley grew up around its 15th Century Minster, said to overshadow many other English cathedrals. It is the burial site of St John of Beverley and the church was refashioned by the Normans and rebuilt after a fire in 1220, with the building work finishing in 1420. Inside the Minster is an elaborate shrine to the Percy family and a primitive seat dating back to Anglo-Saxon times.
At the North entrance to the town stands a medieval Bar or gateway. One of the five entrances protecting Beverley; it was supported by a drawbridge as Beverley was originally encircled by a defensive ditch. A market cross stands in Beverley’s market place dating from 1714. Saturday is market day with lots of stalls selling fresh local produce and handicrafts.
Beverley racecourse is very popular with a great casual atmosphere and will hold around 20 meetings from April through to September. The racecourse frequently plays host to other events, such as steam engine rallies, agricultural shows and vintage and veteran vehicle rallies. Hull is within seven miles and offers visitors attractions including The Deep (a large underwater aquarium), Wilberforce House (open to the public and showcasing the life and works of William Wilberforce), and the Humber Bridge which is the fifth largest single span suspension bridge in the world. Beverley town centre has many fine shops, cafes and restaurants.
Accommodation ranges from hotels and bed and breakfasts to self catering holiday cottages, all of which provide good value. Camping and caravan sites are also available in the surrounding countryside. Beverley lies thirty miles east of York on the A1079 and half an hour south of Bridlington on the A165. Trains operate to Beverley on the Northern Line with good connections to York and Scarborough.