Historic skylines and cobbled streets that spread outwards from a majestic 13th century Minster make Beverley a precious gem in East Yorkshire’s crown. Listed by the Sunday Times as one of the best places to live in northern England, this beautiful market town is perfect for homebuyers of all ages and its properties are always highly sought after.
A bustling town for many centuries, Beverley has managed to retain huge volumes of its distinctive visual history. Fascinating features greet you wherever you look, from the 15th century North Bar gate that separates two roads that bear its name, to the grand old sessions courthouse that now hosts a luxury spa and salon. Even the street art is unique, as the town has multiple framed paintings hanging outdoors where you’d usually find a scrawl of graffiti.
Thanks to the town being mainly untouched during the Blitz, the vast majority of its old and very old buildings are still standing and have adapted with the times. Rather than pockets of the harsh concrete architecture that’s widespread across the UK, Beverley has protected countless wonderful structures and charming buildings that complement one another whilst retaining their own individual character.
With a population of around 29,000 residents, Beverley is actually quite a large place. As a result, you can expect to find people of all ages, professions and backgrounds living here. Whether you’re looking for an apartment for one, your first family house or a forever home to settle in, Beverley always has the perfect property available.
Beverley has its own railway station that connects to Hull, Doncaster, Sheffield, Selby and York. Daily services by Hull Trains also take residents directly to London King’s Cross, making it very easy to travel to the capital for meetings, events and city breaks.
The town is also connected by regular East Yorkshire bus services to Hull, Cottingham, Hessle and Anlaby in the local area, as well as popular seaside destinations such as Bridlington and Scarborough.
With so many fantastic high street retailers, independent stores and charity shops, you can always find the perfect gift as well as a proper bargain. Then there’s Flemingate Shopping Centre, which is the town’s newest home of shopping, dining, fitness and fun.
As you’d expect from a market town, there are wonderful markets held each week. Saturday Market is the largest and hosts a wide variety of stallholders, whereas Wednesday Market is smaller but no less special, especially due to it having a more relaxed midweek feel.
Whatever you enjoy doing in your spare time, Beverley has the answer. East Riding Theatre is a magnificent arts space offering an eclectic programme of quality entertainment. If you’re interested in heritage, Beverley Guildhall is an inspiring museum filled with local art and social history collections. Spend your weekend catching a movie at Parkway Cinema, enjoying scenic views with Beverley Boat Hire, and letting the kids blow off some steam at Inflata Nation, the UK’s first double-decker inflatable theme park.
Beverley Racecourse is a stunning thoroughbred horse racing venue that organises a huge range of activity, with the annual Ladies’ Day being an unmissable celebration of elegant outfits and excellent company. As for the town’s wider events programme, there are festivals that focus on folk music, food, real ale, gin, Christmas, puppets and much more.
Last but by no means least, Beverley Westwood is an enormous open space at the edge of the town. Perfect for long walks, sunbathing, picnics and outdoor exercise, locals and visitors love sharing the pastures with its roaming cattle and sheep. Make sure to keep an eye open for the Burgess Ice Cream van, which has been visiting the site for 100 years.
What are you in the mood for? Perhaps skewered meats at Chamas Rodizio Bar & Grill or modern fusion and classic sushi at Ogino Japanese Restaurant. Tomahawk Steakhouse is for when you have a mighty appetite, whereas Lucia Wine Bar offers authentic Italian dishes and excellent cocktails. With dozens of fantastic restaurants to choose from, Beverley is a genuine hotspot for fans of world cuisine and hearty pub grub alike.
Selecting just a handful of the best pubs in Beverley is also a very difficult task because there are so many of them. From the cosy interior of the Dog and Duck Inn and the large beer gardens at the Green Dragon and Kings Head, to craft beer at Atom Bar and the vintage décor of Chequers Micropub, we recommend taking a wander and discovering your new favourite.