It has come to my attention that bloggers, especially travel bloggers do not write about their hometowns very often, if at all. Therefore, I have decided to launch a new section on my site dedicated to – where we come from and why you should visit! I’ve called it the ‘Hometown Tour Guide’ section and I’ve decided to get the ball rolling by writing about my hometown of Beverley. This will be a monthly feature and I already have some great villages/towns/cities lined up to share with you. After all who knows more about a place then the people who actually live there?!
What is the name of your hometown and where is it?
The name of my hometown in Beverley which is a town located in East Yorkshire in the North of England.
What, if anything, is your hometown famous for?
It is famous for having one of the largest parish churches in the UK – Beverley Minster. It’s larger than one third of all English cathedrals and regarded as a gothic masterpiece by many. The twin towers of the west front formed the inspiration for the design of the present Westminster Abbey. Beverley also, always ranks very highly in ‘Best Places to live in Britain’ lists 🙂
The top 5 attractions are:-
- Saturday Market – As the name suggests, this is a large market which is held on a Saturday in the main square in the town, also named Saturday Market.
- Beverley Minster – The focal point of the town, big is certainly beautiful where the Minster is concerned.
- Beverley Westwood – a beautiful open green space. The perfect place to spend a summer’s day with a picnic and friends – just watch out for the roaming cows.
- East Yorkshire Theatre – Opened in 2014, since then it has hosted a wide range of arts events including theatre, comedy, music, festivals and more.
- East Riding Treasure House – home to the East Riding Archives and Local Studies, Beverley Library, a Museum and Beverley Art Gallery.
Are there any local sports teams? Where do they play?
As my hometown is a village we do not have any big sports teams. Of course there are smaller teams which I’m sure you could watch play if you wanted. Being from England local football, rugby and cricket teams can be found playing on the many green fields in the town on a regular basis. It does however have a racecourse – Beverley Racecourse which is quite a big deal in the horse racing calendar. If having a flutter is your thing I recommend attending a meet and seeing if your luck is in (I always bet on the grey horses).
My 3 favourite restaurants are:-
- The Westwood (British) – elegant restaurant, limited menu but fantastic quality. You pay for what you get.
- Ogino (Japanese) – Fantastic sushi and other Japanese delights located in the town centre. Lovely veggie options too.
- Sleepers (Cafe Bar) – wide variety, great choices all at reasonable prices – you must try the Malteser cheesecake – yum!
My 3 favourite bars/pubs are:-
- Royal Standard – recently redecorated pub in a Grade II listed building located in the heart of the Georgian Quarter.
- The White Horse (Nellies) – it has retained most of its original features, including gas lights and chandeliers, small individual rooms, rickety stone and wooden floors, and open fires.
- The Sun Inn – a historic building opposite Beverley Minster. The place to go for the determined beer lover or for anyone wanting entertainment and live music
Top 3 Hotels are:-
Why do you love your hometown?
I love my hometown because it has a lot of history juxtaposed with a great number of bars and restaurants which means exploring during the day and relaxing during the evening. It is also in a great location, only 7 miles from Hull city centre (UK City of Culture 2017) which has all the attractions you would expect from a major English city and 40 minutes from the seaside resort of Bridlington where you can enjoy traditional British fish and chips. As I also work in Beverley I love walking to the office down the beautiful cobbled streets lined with houses which wouldn’t be out of place in a Dicken’s novel.
Who should visit your hometown?
Everyone should visit Beverley because it really is a lovely town with enough attractions and things to do to keep you occupied, especially on a weekend when the market is in full swing. It is an especially great place for people who love shopping in boutique shops and drinking real ale (sometimes at the same time). There are plenty of festivals throughout the year from folk to food. You can also delve into the spooky side of the town by taking a ghost walk…..if you dare!
Best time of year to visit (weather):
All year round. With British weather being the way it is, you have to take your chances whatever month you visit.
If you would like to be a Hometown Tour Guide please do not hesitate to contact us and we can send you further details 🙂