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Beverley is a town standing as tall as its majestic Minster and with recent accolades declaring it one of the top places to live (as voted by The Sunday Times, UK), this gem of a market town is a place to be explored. From fun days with the family to culture-filled weekends, Beverley offers plenty for everyone. Beverley is a thriving traditional market town and its Market Cross still stands proudly in the centre of its bustling marketplace. Easily explored on foot, the town centre has the perfect mix of independently owned shops, artisan chocolatiers, bakeries to boutiques and high street stores, while its popular markets take place every Wednesday and Saturday.

Beverley first became a tourist destination in the 12th Century and the town's pretty cobbled streets and courtyards continue to attract history buffs, music lovers, racegoers, foodies and shoppers.
While the original gate to Beverley - the old North Bar - still exists, the real gateway to the market town is the vast grassy expanse of the Westwood pasture. From town, meander through the quaint shopping streets out towards the sprawling grass and woodland where there’s always space to play. Home to Beverley Racecourse, a golf course and its resident grazing cows, it’s the perfect place for a dog walk or a picnic.

Prefer a creative cultural scene? The town’s medieval trail reinforces its many creative talents, including artisan bakers, musicians and even puppet makers. As you explore, look up to spot the paintings of artist Fred Elwell. And don’t forget to take a look at the packed cultural calendar for outdoor food festivals, music festivals and performances at East Riding Theatre. Don't miss the Beverley Minster, arguably one of Europe’s best Gothic buildings before heading across to the opposite end of town where you’ll find St Mary’s Church. If you look closely, you’ll see the white rabbit that inspired the character in Alice in Wonderland.

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Beverley Minster

With Europe’s largest collection of musician stone carving and the 700 year old Percy Tomb, Beverley Minster is a masterpiece of European medieval art.

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St Mary’s Church

The church owes its great architectural interest to having been developed through 400 years of almost continuous building from 1120 to 1530. Many of the Craft Guilds of the town adopted St Mary's and, during the Middle-Ages, it was regarded as the Parish Church of the town.

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Beverley Guildhall, Hanse House

Nestled in the heart of the market town, explore the rich and fascinating history of Beverley Guildhall. The Grade 1 Listed building was originally bought by the Beverley Town Keepers in 1501 to be used as a Guildhall, and has seen continuous civic use since. The building is still used for civic and ceremonial occasions and now also holds the Beverley Community Museum.

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Beverley Town Trail of Medieval Guilds and Crafts

Take a step back in time, discover what life was like in Medieval Beverley. Stroll from the North Bar towards the Beverley Beck, discovering the trail's 40 unique sculptures which depict the guilds and trades of the area. Medieval Beverley was a wealthy town with a diverse population of skilled workers including Creelers, carpenters, butchers, jerkin makers, musicians and armourers - to name just a few!

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Beverley Beck

The 3/4 mile canal from the River Hull into the heart of Beverley is ideal for an enjoyable stroll. There is plenty to see and do, with boat moorings, leisure boats, rowing and motor boats for hire, a boat yard and fishing. The canal is now it is home to the historic barge 'Syntan' owned by the Beverley Barge Preservation Society.

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