As we were within 30 miles we knew that we had to visit Hull, it being the European City of Culture for 2017. Our expectations weren’t great but we wanted to go anyway.
Before Hull though we decided to visit Beverley, for which our expectations were higher. And it was nearer to where we were staying of course!
We parked on the road by the police station and 1st impressions were great as we walked into town. Lovely, big houses lined the route + some very unusual smaller properties. Approaching the town centre we found the only remaining town gate, North Bar (which is Grade I listed) – the streets leading up to and from it are called North Bar Without and North Bar Within…
There were originally many more gates, bars and ditches protecting the town, but all that are left nowadays are some wonderful street names – Newbegingate, Lairgate and Keldgate . There is also Flemingate, now a regenerated area of shops, cinemas, bars and restaurants.
It was market day so there was a lot going on in the town centre. As well as the minster itself there is another beautiful church, St Marys . I’m sorry but it’s impossible to write about Beverley or Hull without mentioning a church! I’ll keep it short and just show you via photos 🙂
When we made it to the Minster itself we couldn’t actually go in straight away as there was a wedding in progress. Once we were able to go in we could see what an amazing venue this was for such an occasion!
A little more wandering and we found the guildhall and some almshouses and also the bandstand became more visible as the market packed up!
The following day, Sunday, we headed back out to Hull. With low expectations we were very, very pleasantly surprised by what awaited us.
We found our way to Princes Quay Shopping Centre to park – which cost us just £2 to park for about 4 hours (I think this was just because it was Sunday, but we were still happy with it!) The shopping centre itself was very good and included restaurants that were open into the evening, so no problem with the car park closing…)
We emerged into Queen Victoria Square, dominated by a statue of Queen Victoria, but also with spouting pavement fountains being enjoyed by children and parents alike Continue reading “Day trips to Hull and Beverley. Surprises all round 🙂 If you think you don’t want to visit Hull – it’s time to think again!”