BEVERLEY - THE GEM OF EAST YORKSHIRE
Spend an enjoyable day shopping in the historic Market Town of Beverley, East Yorkshire. Set amongst cobbled streets and charming courtyards, it's a truly great experience. The town centre has many high street names including Monsoon, Jaeger, Joules, Lakeland, Laura Ashley, M & S, Phase Eight and White Stuff to name but a few. There is also Browns Department store, situated in the old playhouse, and well worth a visit for a leisurely browse. In addition there is an interesting selection of smaller independent shops specialist shops and an antique arcade. You will find all you want in Beverley from antiques to aromatherapy and bookshops, to the outdoors. Beverley’s Saturday Market dates back to its charter in the Middle Ages and has a vibrant and friendly atmosphere which has encouraged a mix of traditional and modern lines visitors love wandering amongst the 90+ stalls time after time.
Eat and Drink in Beverley
The pubs, cafes and restaurants in Beverley offer a place to rest your weary feet and sample some of the local delights from the area. Fron large chain restaurants to smaller independent cafes, Beverley has an enviable mix of places to eat and while away the hours in good company. The pubs in Beverley range from coach houses dating back to the 15th century to modern establishments with facilities for all the family.
Out and about in Beverley
If you love walking then there are a myriad of ways for you to stretch your legs and experience the great outdoors. A walk on the Westwood will give you great views over Beverley as well as the local race course which you can walk around if there are no races on. To the south of the town, a walk along the beck offers a way to see some of Beverley's maritime heritage and walk up to the River Hull.
The minster has the architectural grandeur of a cathedral rather than a church and indeed many English cathedrals are more than overshadowed by Beverley. The first church, with an attached monastery was built at Beverley in the 7th century by St John of Beverley who had trained under St Hilda at Whitby. In 687 AD he became the Bishop of Hexham and later the Bishop of York.
Most of Beverley's town centre is Georgian and Victorian in origin but at the northern entrance to the town is marked by the medieval North Bar. It was one of five gateways that protected the entrance to the town and was supported by a drawbridge, in the days when Beverley was surrounded by a defensive ditch.