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Riding High in East Riding of Yorkshire

The final part of our Yorkshire and the North whirlwind is wrapping up in the exciting east of Yorkshire. Perhaps a less obvious holiday spot than its northern and western counterparts, the East Riding of Yorkshire is a brilliant place for getaway in Britain. With countryside, coast and cosmopolitan cities and towns it’s a chance to really do it all in one.

Humber Bridge, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire. Image by David Wright. commons.wikimedia.org

Humber Bridge, Hessle, East Riding of Yorkshire. Image by David Wright. commons.wikimedia.org

Fresh Air in the Yorkshire Wolds

Yorkshire isn’t all about the moors and the dales. The Yorkshire Wolds is an ideal place for a quiet, country break. Strap on your boots (and perhaps have a handy anorak in your bag) and wander along through the fresh, open spaces on one of the excellent trails. If you’ve brought your bike, you can cycle along Britain’s heritage trail which goes straight through the Wolds to Humber. As you meander in the Wolds, you’ll come across picturesque towns and villages, perfect for a pit stop and a strong cup of Yorkshire tea.

Yorkshire Wolds - image from  www.nationaltrail.co.uk

Yorkshire Wolds – image from http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk

Your journeys in the Wolds will take you to some beautiful stately homes, such as Burton Agnes Hall, but if you wander to the western edge of the Wolds you’ll find Wharram Percy, a deserted medieval village. Thought to have been abandoned c.1500, this English Heritage site is studded with panels explaining the site’s history and you can even download an audio guide from the English Heritage page prior to your visit. Wandering around the ruins in the quiet of the Wolds, really feels like a step backwards into a time machine.

Wharram Percy. Image from English Heritage.

Wharram Percy. Image from English Heritage.

City Breaking in Hull

Being named UK city of culture 2017, Hull has hit the news often recently. Hull has a lot to offer the eager visitor, there’s museums, shops, restaurants, nightlife and tons of city central and outskirts accommodation. It’s certainly not a case of what can I do, but where can I start?

Marina in Kingston-Above-Hull. Image by Alamy from telegraph.co.uk

Marina in Kingston-Above-Hull. Image by Alamy from telegraph.co.uk

Hull’s Old Town is a spot not to be missed. There’s an abundance of free museums and at the Hepworth Arcade you’ll find the spot where two businessmen named Marks and Spencer had one of their original penny bazaars. And if a visit there means you feel the need to rush to M&S, there’s nothing wrong with that…

One such museum in the Old Town is Wilberforce House Museum, just one of the unique landmarks that make Hull such an interesting place to visit. Wilberforce House is the birthplace of William Wilberforce, who campaigned for the abolition of slavery in 18th and 19th Century. The museum tells Wilberforce’s story and the displays include his belongings and information on the trans-Atlantic slave trade. A trip here is an eye-opening and fascinating experience.

Wilberforce House Exterior. Image by David Wright from commons-wikimedia-org

Wilberforce House Exterior. Image by David Wright from commons-wikimedia-org

And there’s more to see than the Old Town. Aquariums are a fantastic way to entertain all ages and Hull boasts one of the best in the country. At The Deep, you can see all your favourite aquatic animals, from penguins, to sharks, to shoals of fish. There’s even a special glass elevator and an underwater viewing tunnel which get you even closer to the action.

The Deep exhibition - image from tripadvisor.co.uk

The Deep exhibition – image from tripadvisor.co.uk

Browsing Beverley

Beverley is a charming market town with a long history dating back to 700 A.D. Beverley’s past is reflected in its architecture which is an abundance of old world charm. Shopping here is a different experience from your ordinary high street, with up market brands, delightfully independent shops and a Saturday market ideal for perusing. You’re sure to come home with something no one else will have.

Beverley Minster - image from arealife.co.uk

Beverley Minster – image from arealife.co.uk

While you’re here, you can’t miss a visit to Beverley Minster, one of the largest Cathedrals in England widely recognised for its beautiful Gothic architecture. Catch a service or just wander around the cavernous interior full of curios, it’s a real slice of living history.

Skidby Mill - Image by Stephen Horncastle from  www.geograph.org.uk

Skidby Mill – Image by Stephen Horncastle from http://www.geograph.org.uk

If you’re looking for something a bit different, visit Yorkshire’s remaining working windmill, Skidby Mill and the Museum of East Riding Rural Life. This fascinating feature in Beverley is popular with adult and child visitors alike. Once you’ve browsed through the exhibits there’s a café for the adults to relax and enjoy Wolds views and an open play space for children to explore.

Beaching in Bridlington

If you haven’t already got enough to do in East Yorkshire, you can also visit the beach in Bridlington. Bring your beach towel in summer and wrap up well in winter for a stroll on the sand. A trip to the coast is always the perfect excuse to indulge in some thoroughly British fish and chips.

Image from visitbridlington.co.uk

Image from visitbridlington.co.uk

There’s more than beach in Bridlington. While you’re here, you can’t miss a trip to Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Sewerby Hall aims for visitor experience to be as authentic as possible which is evident in the Hall’s careful restoration. The gardens are a beautiful walk in 50 acres and there’s something for every season of the year. If that isn’t enough, Sewerby Zoo is home to wild animals from countries around the world. You can easily spend a whole day absorbed in Sewerby and still not visit everything it has to offer.

Sewerby Hall. Image from sewerbyhall.co.uk

Sewerby Hall. Image from sewerbyhall.co.uk

Sewerby Zoo at Sewerby Hall. Image from sewerbyhall.co.uk

Sewerby Zoo at Sewerby Hall. Image from sewerbyhall.co.uk

So here you have it, a small slice of what you can get up to on an East Yorkshire break. We’d always love to hear from you. Please tell us about your East Yorkshire holidays or anything you’d like to visit there.

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5 Comments

  1. Joan Venus-Evans says:

    Brildlington Old Town is worth a mention I only discovered it last year and I’ve lived in the area most of my life and I’d never been there. This year the new film Dad’s Army starring Catherine Zeta Jones and other noteables chose the old town as the perfect location due to it’s unspoilt nature. History abounds. Check out the images https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Bridlington+old+town&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=643&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=-zWAVJKPDYXEPfPDgaAF&ved=0CDIQsAQ

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  2. bavariansojourn says:

    I spent a lot of my childhood in Yorkshire so this brought back lots of memories! Such a beautiful place! 🙂

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