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Yorkshire Beverley Tourism

Beverley is increasingly being discovered by the tourist and is becoming a popular day out for tourists weary of the the honey pot of York. It has a lot to attract the tourists and is a lot less busy!

It is a very attractive town to wander round and there are several town trails. A leaflet is available from the Tourist Information Office, which is on the first floor of the TREASURE HOUSE, a stylish modern building near County Hall. This also contains the library, archives, Art Gallery and local museum as well as a cafe. There are good views of Beverley and the minster from the top of the tower.
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For those wanting a more ghostly experience, The Beverley Ghost Adventure runs on Wednesday evenings.

There are also different events and festivals held throughout the year in Beverley from the ever popular Christmas Festival and the Food festival held on the first Sunday in October. There is a literary festival as well as different music festivals catering for all tastes.

BEVERLEY BECK is a short canal linking the centre of Beverley with the River Hull. Once an important communication link between Beverley and the Port of Hull, this is now a pleasant waterside walk.

MV Syntan was once part of a fleet of 16 barges working along Beverley Beck. It has been carefully restored and is open on Summer Sundays. Two other barges have been restored to carry passengers along the beck and onto the River Hull.

BEVERLEY MINSTER dates from the C13th and is regarded as one of the finest Gothic churches in Europe and is architecturally better than nearby York Minster. It is also free!
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It dwarfs the Victorian housing around it. It is a stunning pale limestone building which catches all the available light. The inside is a stark contrast of pale limestone and dark polished Purbeck marble.
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To the right of the high altar is the Saxon sanctuary chair, or Frith stool.
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Allow plenty of time for a visit as the inside is exquisite with carvings and decoration. The carvings of the kings on the west door rival the quire screen in York Minster.
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At the opposite end of Beverley is ST MARY’S CHURCH, another splendid church although overshadowed by the Minster.
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This was a wealthy church patronised by the craft guilds. At the top of one of the pillars on the north side of the chancel are carved and painted figures of minstrels, presumably paid for by the relevant guild.

Tucked away on the side of the sacristy doorway in the north aisle is a carved stone rabbit, dating from about 1330. This is supposed to have been the inspiration of the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland and John Tenniel's illustrations.
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The chancel ceiling is one of the glories of the church with the panels depicting all the kings of England from Eggbert to Henry VI. The style, dress and facial features are remarkably similar on all of them.
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Don’t miss the C15th misericords. Each one is different and there are mythical beasts, bear baiting, stag hunting, green men and even an elephant.

BEVERLEY FRIARY is signed down a narrow lane to the east of the Minster and is the remains of a C13th Dominican friary . At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the friars were expelled and many of the buildings pulled down. The guest house escaped and was sold and is now a youth hostel. It is an attractive building of brick and stone with a pantiled roof, set in grassed grounds and surrounded by a brick wall. The modern buildings are cleverly designed to blend with the medieval buildings. There are the remains of C15th painted wall plasters on the first floor which were discovered during restoration work. The priory is not normally open to casual visitors although if someone is on duty (usually after 5pm) it may be possible to view the inside.
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The GUILDHALL with its neo-classical frontage is tucked away behind County Hall, is open on Wednesdays and Fridays. It is described as ‘Beverley’s best kept secret’ and is well worth visiting for its unspoilt Georgian courtroom.
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Beverley RAILWAY STATION was opened in 1846 by the York and North Midland Railway Company and in its time was an important junction. It is still an impressive building with its wooden footbridge. It’s main claim to fame is that it still has one of the few surviving tile LNER railway maps on its wall.

One of Beverley’s other claims to fame is Beverley Grammar School, the oldest state school in England, founded in 700AD by John of Beverley.

To the west of the town is Westwood, a large expanse of meadow with sheep and cows grazing and ancient woodland, which was bequeathed to the town. This is a popular open green space with locals and there is a walk around it. The golf course is here as well as Beverley Race Course.. There has been racing here since the C18th and is still a popular day out for all. It is a very informal occasion and you don’t need to spend a fortunate on a hat!
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