BEVERLEY, EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE
There’s no doubt Beverley Minster is one of the finest Gothic churches in Europe and is equal to the greatest of British cathedrals. Its twin towers are the town’s landmark. The current church was built between 1220 and 1425, embracing and blending the elements Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular architectural styles. The central tower holds an unusual treadwheel crane raising a platform to roof-height for building repairs. Inside you can see a 13th-century double staircase to a lost chapter house in the north choir aisle, a 14th-century altar screen and the huge east window – the only surviving medieval window here. Don’t miss the lively misericords, or the Saxon Frith Stool, where sanctuary could be claimed in times past by sitting on it.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Main body of church; not tower or roof tour
- Facilities: Induction loop, wheelchair; wheelchair access entrance east of main entrance
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Sun all year 12pm-5.30; Apr-Oct, Mon-Sat 9–5.30; Nov-Mar, Mon-Sat 9-4. Ground floor tours Wed 11am, Roof tours Sat 11am and by appointment
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About the area
Discover East Riding of Yorkshire
Yorkshire’s East Riding is the only one left of a trio of ‘ridings’ which existed up until 1974. The North and West are gone, to be replaced by North, South and West Yorkshires. The East Riding rises up from the Hull side of the Humber estuary, until it reaches Flamborough Head. This is an impressive headland with sheer white cliffs, serving as a home to large colonies of seabirds. The area is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
The county has plenty of beachy coast, including the seaside towns of Hornsea and Bridlington. The first of these is between the sea and a large freshwater lake called Hornsea Mere. This is also an SSSI and an SAC, and is great for watersports and fishing. The area was also known for its pottery, which has sadly gone into decline in recent years. Further north, Bridlington is a family-friendly summer beach resort. Kingston upon Hull is the largest city in the county, and was one of the few places outside London that suffered widespread bombing during WW2. It’s long ago come back from that though, and was the 2017 UK City of Culture.
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