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a Historic Market Town in the county of East Riding of Yorkshire

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This is a town best known for its impressive Minster church which is without doubt one of the most splendid in Europe. It is mostly Early English in style and was begun in 1220. The magnificent Perpendicular west front with its rich pinnacle towers was completed around 1420. As if the sheer scale of the exterior of this great building were not enough, there is even more to appreciate inside. Of particular note is the glorious Percy shrine - the detail of the ornate canopy is almost unrivalled, and is said to be the finest 14th-century work of its kind. The treasures of this church are all to numerous to mention in one brief article, it is suffice to say that the Minster is a glorious historical treasure chest, which is a constant source of fascination and amazement. It is a church of elaborate beauty which at times, is quite simply overwhelming.

The northern approach to the town is quite impressive, this is called North Bar Without, this is a street lined with elegant houses from the 18th and early 19th-century. To the left of the broad North Bar Within visitors will find the parish church of St.Mary, this is reputed to have started as a chapel to the Minster. It is of fine Gothic architecture, with a richly decorated interior, particularly the ceiling above the chancel which has 40 panels representing the king's of England up to Henry VI.

There are two market squares, Wednesday Market and Saturday Market. The latter is memorable for its market cross of 1714 which bears the arms of Queen Anne, and the former for its lovely Georgian properties.

The town has many pretty spots and attractive vista's; The River Hull, with bright painted narrow boats, the Beck sparkles despite being crammed in parts with pleasure boats. Beverley Beck leads almost to the town centre, it provides access to the Humber and in recent times has become a Mecca for boating enthusiasts.

In the green belt surrounding the town there is much of interest including Beverley Racecourse, a venue for race meetings since 1767.

The White Horse Inn is a noted former coaching inn of indeterminable age, but it was recorded in 1585! It is popularly known in the area as "Nellies" and is pure medieval in atmosphere with a warren of rooms and corridors. The pub has a delightful rear courtyard, and shutters to the windows either side of the entrance. The Rose and Crown is a pleasant hostelry in North Bar Without.

The town hosts lively markets, has interesting shops, good entertainment, cafe's, restaurants and a range of accommodation to suit all tastes. Amongst its many attractions is a museum which recalls the life and times of the town.

Beverley is only ten miles from the coast, the town lies amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the East Riding of Yorkshire and makes the perfect destination for a base from which to explore the glorious Yorkshire countryside, or its fine sea-side resorts. It is also within easy reach of the Humber River, the wildfowl trust at Spurn Head and the Spurn Heritage Coast.

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