Beverley was originally founded around 700 AD by Saint John of Beverley and it continued to grow especially under the Normans. A place of pilgrimage throughout the Middle Ages due to its founder, it eventually became a notable wool-trading town. Beverley was once the tenth-largest town in England, as well as one of the richest, because of its wool and the pilgrims who came to venerate its founding saint...

Beverley Saturday Market Photograph
Beverley Minster Exterior Photograph

Beverley first became a tourist destination in the 12th Century and the town's pretty streets and courtyards continue to attract visitors from far and wide. One of the reasons is the town’s fantastic heritage and history. For a perfect introduction, head for landmarks like the Minster, St. Mary's Church and North Bar. 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.

Beverley Georgian Quarter Photograph
Beverley Art Gallery, Friary and Youth Hostel Photograph

St. Mary's Church is also blessed with many architectural wonders and oddities. For a taste of mediaeval Beverley, walk the 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. Beverley's North Bar Within and North Bar Without form one of the East Ridings most treasured landmarks. These architecturally fascinating streets, divided by the 15th century North Bar, contain the greatest concentrations of listed buildings in the region. The area has been rebranded "The Georgian Quarter" to represent this unrivalled setting. The town has a number of historic civic owned buildings including the Market Cross, Guildhall, Beverley Art Gallery and the Friary which doubles as a Youth Hostel. More modern, but still interesting buildings, include the Treasure House and East Riding Theatre.