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Things to do in East Yorkshire

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East Yorkshire, otherwise known as the East Riding of Yorkshire, includes the northern part of what was Humberside and the city of Kingston upon Hull - Britain's third largest port.

Hull is situated on the north bank of the River Humber, which is a natural boundary to East Yorkshire. Visit Hull and East Riding Museum, located in the town's Museum quarter, to learn more about the history of Hull and the surrounding area. The Tourist Information Office is in Paragon Street, Hull.

East Yorkshire Tourist Information can be also be found at the North Bank Viewing Area, Hessle.

This is on the outskirts of Hull where the spectacular Humber Bridge crosses the River Humber.

The Humber Bridge was completed in 1981.

It's the longest single span suspension bridge in the world with a main span length of 4, 624 feet.

Humber Bridge - Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com.

It truly is a magnificent feat of engineering.

Withernsea Lighthouse - Photograph © Audrey Foster East Yorkshire's Heritage Coast stretches from Spurn Head in the south, to Flamborough Head in the north, in the district of Withernsea. Spurn Head is a National Nature Reserve. It's a narrow projection of sand and shingle, constantly changing with the tides and a stop over for thousands of migrating birds.
To the north is the holiday resort Withernsea. It has a beach which is ideally suited to family fun and is arguably best known for its lighthouse - now a museum - which towers 127 feet above the town.

Hornsea is another popular East Yorkshire holiday town, with a fine beach, attractive gardens and a promenade. The historic town centre encompasses the original village and boasts narrow lanes and houses dating back to the 15th century. Hornsea Museum - housed in an 18th century farmhouse - tells the story of North Holderness Village Life. Hornsea Mere, the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire is nearby and is less than a mile from the sea. It was formed by the melting glaciers in the ice age and is the last such lake remaining in Holderness. There are also boating facilities and a wildfowl reserve.

Bridlington offers two lovely sandy beaches, one on either side of the historic harbour. The harbour itself boasts a small maritime museum in addition to the usual seaside attractions. The priory church dominates the old town. It's about a mile inland and dates back to the reign of Henry I. North east of the town is Sewerby Hall. It's home to the Museum of East Yorkshire. It's a great place for a family outing, with fine period rooms, a children's playground and gardens containing some of the oldest monkey puzzle trees in Britain.

To the north is Flamborough Head, with towering chalk cliffs and home to one of the largest sites of nesting sea birds in England. Take a walk along the cliffs to see a wide variety of birds including a colony of gannets. There are sea caves and coves to explore all along the coastline.

Beverley and the Minster - Picture courtesy of www.britainonview.com. Inland, Tourist Information can be found in Beverley, a lovely medieval town with narrow streets and market squares. It's still seen as the flourishing market centre for the area. At the north end of the main street is the 14th century St. Mary's church while the 13th century, twin-towered Beverley Minster lies at the south end. Both are famous for their excellent architecture and contain fine carvings, paintings and glass. Beverley became a prosperous town in the Georgian period and many Georgian buildings remain. One of these is Beverley Guildhall. The interior is well worth seeing, but the Guildhall is only open to the public on Fridays. Beverley has a reputation for musical excellence, and hosts three annual festivals: early music, chamber music and folk music.

East Yorkshire is home to the lovely Yorkshire Wolds, with miles of pasture land, undulating hillsides and unspoiled villages. This in addition to Roman remains and standing stones. Walkers can tackle the 79-mile Yorkshire Wolds National Trail from the banks of the Humber estuary through valleys and wooded slopes, before climbing gently to give take in uninterrupted views. The trail descends from the northern escarpment and finishes on Filey Brigg headland. There are many delightful towns and villages along the way to break the journey. These include Driffield, 'Capital of the Wolds', a pleasant town with weekly markets held on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Days out in East Yorkshire

  • Beverley Guildhall
    The Guildhall is a Grade One listed historic seat of civic governance featuring an 18th century court room.
    Beverley Guildhall
  • Royal Air Force Holmpton - Bunker Tours
    Behind the Massive Blast Doors, the vast Nuclear Bunker extends almost 100ft below ground and covers nearly 35,000 square feet.
    Royal Air Force Holmpton - Bunker Tours
  • Sewerby Hall and Gardens
    Situated in a dramatic cliff-top position, forming the gateway to the Flamborough Heritage Coast, Sewerby Hall and Gardens, set in 50 acres of early 19th century parkland, enjoys spectacular views over Bridlington Bay.
    Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Places to Visit in East Yorkshire

  • Airmyn
    Airmyn is a fascinating little village just north west of a town called Goole. It is situated at the mouth of the river Aire where it joins the river Ouse.
  • Beverley
    The historic town of Beverley could be considered the East Riding's answer to the equally charming spa town of Harrogate, in North Yorkshire.
  • Bridlington
    Bridlington is a fine seaside resort on the Holderness Coast of East Yorkshire, 17 miles south east Scarborough.
  • Bugthorpe
    I guess many will be asking Where's Bugthorpe??? Bugthorpe is a tiny rural village in the East Riding of Yorkshire at the foot of Garrowby Hill, just off the A166.
  • Everingham
    Everingham is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated 5 miles west of Market Weighton town centre and 4 miles south of Pocklington town centre.
  • Hornsea
    Hornsea is renowned as a quiet location, suitable for family holidays. This welcoming town is subject to an ongoing programme of sympathetic renewals in keeping with typical East Yorkshire architecture.
  • Keyingham
    Keyingham is a village situated in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
  • Kingston upon Hull
    Kingston upon Hull, a busy port at the confluence of the River Hull and the Humber Estuary has acted as the gateway to the heart of England since Roman times.
    Kingston upon Hull
  • Little Weighton
    We have just received a description of Little Weighton from one of our readers. This description is currently being prepared for publication and will appear on this page within the next few days.
    Little Weighton
  • Mappleton
    Mappleton, East Yorkshire is a haven for dog walkers, sea anglers, fossil hunters and holiday makers.
  • North Newbald
    Newbald is situated in between South cave and Sancton.Newbald is a tiny village which in itself is quite a blissful place to be. It is a popular spot for walkers.
    North Newbald
  • Skipsea
    Skipsea Village is situated between the historic town of Beverley and the seaside resort of Bridlington in East Yorkshire.
  • Sproatley
    Sproatley is situated about 11 miles from the City Centre of Hull taking the road to Bilton/Wyton.
  • Stamford Bridge
    Stamford Bridge is a small but popular village in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Situated on the scenic River Derwent.
    Stamford Bridge
  • Sutton-on-Hull
    Sutton on Hull is an ancient place, far more so than the nearby city of Hull. This most attractive village, now within a city, stands on ground that gently rises above the former low-lying marsh, or ings, land that used to flood so readily
  • Welwick
    Welwick is situated in a rather remote corner of Holderness in the East Riding of Yorkshire between Patrington and Easington close to the windswept Spurn Peninsular.
  • Wetwang
    Wetwang is a small village situated on top of the Yorkshire Wolds between Great Driffield, the capital of the Wolds and Stamford Bridge on the East & North Yorkshire border.
  • Withernsea
    Withernsea is a typical Yorkshire seaside resort town, proud of its newly built promenade and European Blue Flag beach, awarded for exceptionally clean waters. Peeping above the seafront terraced houses is the famous whitewashed lighthouse.
  • Woodmansey
    Woodmansey is a small village on the out skirts of Beverley. There is not a lot to do but there is a small corner shop in the centre of the village and plenty of garden centres.

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