Just a short train ride from both York and Hull, Beverley is the perfect escape from the bustling city. The historic market town is full of cute cobbled streets, yummy eateries and tonnes of character.
I’ve rounded up some of the best bits of Beverley, from the cultural hotspots to traditional sweet shops and quirky pubs.
Visit Beverley Minster.
When you first arrive at Beverley Station, you will probably notice the stunning Minster, towering over the rest of the town. Entry is free, so I would really encourage you to go and have a look around.
Although I’m not religious per se, I personally find churches intriguing, yet peaceful. I could spend all day taking in the intricate architecture of Beverley Minster.
The gothic structure dates back to the 13th century and took an incredible 200 years to build – can you imagine if a modern day building took that long to complete?
Take a stroll down the cobbled streets.
Full of charming boutiques and shops, Beverley is a wonderful place for an afternoon of window shopping.
Among the plethora of clothing and gift shops, there’s a scattering of traditional butchers, sweet shops and bakeries. Each storefront, whether independent or chain, fits in with the old-fashioned essence of the town.
Some of the shopping streets are hidden too. Swabys Yard on Dyer Lane has all sorts of quaint craft shops, florists and even a micropub. And then there’s St Mary’s Arcade in the Georgian Quarter, which houses several designer fashion and homeware brands. Meanwhile, thrift-lovers, like myself, will be pleased to see the wide range of second hand and charity shops.
If high street shops and department stores are more you thing, I recommend the newly opened Flemingate Shopping Centre.
If you look closely, there are so many quirky details in the streets of Beverley. From adorable pub signs to historic plaques and even a portrait of a nude lady! I always think that these accents really set a place apart from everywhere else.
Indulge at one of the many cafes and chocolate shops.
After a morning of browsing the shops and taking in the historical sites, you may want to refresh with a cup of tea and a bite to eat. There are so many cosy cafes and coffee shops in Beverley. I personally love Perk-U-Later, which can be found in Swabys Yard.
There’s also Lempicka Cafe. I’ve heard excellent things about this busy bistro, including a scrummy afternoon tea selection.
In the meantime, chocoholics will love the recently opened White Rabbit Chocolatiers on Dyer Lane. With interiors heavily inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the stunning chocolate-shop-come-cafe serves gorgeous sweet treats and indulgent hot drinks. The staff are super friendly too.
Pop in on market day.
Beverley is famous for its bustling markets. And if you love fresh produce, handmade items and delicious food, I encourage you visiting on the Wednesday and Saturday market days. It might mean that the town centre is a little busier, however, it’s definitely worth it for the vibrant atmosphere.
Finish the day off at the pub.
Like a lot of things in Beverley, the pubs are full of character and tradition. Tuck into a tummy-warming meal at a variety of pubs. Set inside a Georgian courthouse, The Westwood serves tasty locally sourced food. In the meantime, the Sun Inn is the place to be at the weekend for live music and real ales. Lastly, The Potting Shed in Flemingate offers a quirky, garden-themed dinner with cocktails.
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