More commonly known as East Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire is a county in North-Eastern England. It is famed Europe-wide for its chalk hills, known as the Yorkshire Wolds, with its main market town being Beverley. Places of interest include Skipsea Castle, Burton Agnes Manor House, and Sewerby Hall.
London is between six and eight hours travel by bus from East Riding and about five and a half hours by train. The scenery around East Yorkshire is very memorable, with rolling green hills and old country farmhouses dotting the landscape.
Towns in East Riding of Yorkshire
East Riding is one of the smaller counties in England but has some very interesting towns to visit
Beverley is a market town with its origins in Anglian Northumbrian times in the 7th century. It has excellent markets, with visits to Beverley Minster, a famous old church that is larger than a lot of cathedrals in England, very popular, and is widely regarded as a Gothic masterpiece.
Beverley is also home to Britain’s oldest state school, the Beverley Grammar School founded in the 7th century. There are also festivals year-round in Beverley with fantastic dining, pubs, and clubs open all year.
Hull is also called “Kingston upon the Thames” and is the largest city in East Riding, and indeed all of Yorkshire. With theatres galore, a vibrant music scene and festivals being held all year, Hull is fast becoming a cultural hub in Britain.
There are also museums and wonderful shopping centers here, with great food (the Yorkshire Pudding being most prevalent of mouth-watering dishes) and not forgetting the vibrant visual culture on display with ship art, sculpture and paintings abounding. Hull has won the European City of Culture award for 2017 and is famed all over Britain for its steel and metal industry.
A wonderful old seaside town in the best traditions of Britain, Bridlington is famed for its giant seagulls, ice cream, and deck chair toting tourists. The town is an old fishing port, known for its varieties of delicious shellfish, and is twinned with Millau in France.
Bridlington is the atypical family day out with tourists coming from all over Europe to sample its fish and chips, cafes and seaside aromas.
Parks and Gardens
East Riding of Yorkshire has wonderful parks and old stately homes, with some boasting unrivaled collections of plants and trees.
Go for a relaxing stroll through one hundred and thirty acres of well-manicured parkland, and stop off at the excellent and very reasonable Pavilion cafe for a bite to eat then meet the animals at the Animal Education Centre.
There are cycling, rowing, and the thrilling splash boat ride, making East Park a fun day out for the whole family. Visit the website here: East Park
Burton Agnes Hall
A stunning old country house built in Elizabethan times, Burton Agnes house is still inhabited by the descendants of its original creator, Sir Henry Griffith. Inside the house, itself can be found masterpieces of art and treasures collected by the families who have inhabited the house over the centuries.
The gardens have beautiful collections of roses, clematis, and herbs. Visit the website here: Burton Agnes Hall
An unusual park in that it is maintained by a group of representatives elected from the Freemen of Beverley each March (known as the Pasture Masters), the Beverly Westwood was originally formed due to the extraction of chalk taken from the pasture of Hurn and Westwood.
Boasting a challenging golf course, and beautiful woodland, the Westwood holds several festivals a year. The website is here: The Beverley Westwood
Attractions and Places to See
Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park
Bridlington Animal Park is a family run animal sanctuary set in beautiful woodland, boasting a certificate of excellence award for 2014. With meerkats, owls, eagles, and wallabies, there is a wide variety of animals on display for all to enjoy.
Boasting excellent facilities, the website can be found here: Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park
Hull’s Old Town
Hull Old Town is packed full of history, with museums and activities for all ages. Including, but not limited to the Streetlife museum with its 200 years of history on display,
The Arctic Corsair which is the last of the Hull side fishing vessels, and the Hull and East Riding Museum showing a whopping 235 million years of history, Hull’s Old Town is a must-visit for tourists worldwide. Visit the website here: Hull’s Old Town
Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Sewerby Hall is a beautiful old listed mansion that was built in the 1700s. Its gardens are an absolute delight, with the list including a Walled Garden which is full of aromatic herbs like delphinium and Lavandula,
A Pleasure Garden which boasts a collection of magnificent Monkey Puzzle trees as well as a Rose Garden chock full of all kinds of roses and beautiful statue of Pandora, not to mention a Woodland area which is home to Sycamore, chestnut and elm trees. Their website is here: Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Things to Do
East Riding has lots of attractions to visit, and fun days out for the family.
For those who enjoy a coastal ramble or even a spot of beach fishing, Fraisthorpe Beach is an ideal getaway, with miles of easily-traversable packed sand and almost desolated shoreline.
Children love to run free on the beach, and it’s also an ideal location for dog walking. Close to Bridlington, there is ample parking and a snack van in the car park. Visit the website here: Fraisthorpe Beach
Hull Marina is the official docking place for private yachts and seagoing vessels and is a perfect place for a refreshing stroll and a cool drink or two.
With quiet bars and plenty of seating to enjoy the views of the marina, many tourists tout the area as the perfect pick me up after a night on the tiles. The website: Hull Marina
Bayle Museum – Bridlington
Bayle Museum is a beautiful old listed building which is dedicated to the history of the old seaside town – Bridlington. Once the entrance to an Augustinian Priory, it now houses life-sized figures, knick-knacks from hundreds of years ago, and exquisitely preserved antiques.
Interactive games, scale models, and varied collections of Victorian pottery all add up to wonderful morning or afternoon out. View the website here: Bayle Museum
Afternoon Tea Ideas in East Riding of Yorkshire
People from Yorkshire are famed for their tea, and it’s no surprise that they have a good selection of tea rooms around the county of East Riding.
Afternoon tea at Tickton Grange is steeped in the original traditions of the practice, with old-fashioned china, doyleys and dainty sandwiches along with real clotted cream and scones, and topped off by beautiful fruit scones and delicate fairy cakes.
Their tea is wonderful and the prices extremely agreeable. Visit the website: Tickton Grange
Millers Tea Room and farm shop in Raywell offers exquisite, fresh food with pate and red onion marmalade on toasted ciabatta bread, homemade quiche as well as scones, clotted cream, and cakes.
Millers has received an award for excellence and this is reflected in its fine food, tea, and coffee. View their website here: Millers
The Garden Mews – Hull
The Garden Mews in Hull is a warm and friendly hotel with a top class afternoon menu. They serve fresh tea and coffee and offer delicious sandwiches, cakes, and scones. Situated only ten minutes walk from the main train station, they also offer free Wi-Fi and have great views of gardens from the restaurant. Visit their website: Garden Mews
Wedding Venues in East Riding of Yorkshire
East Riding of Yorkshire is an old county, steeped in ancient British traditions and is home to some grand wedding venues
The privately owned Rowley Manor is set in 34 acres of green land and dates back to Georgian England, with the building proper being constructed in the 1600s.
There is a beautiful story of adventure and patriotism associated with the house, and its weddings are among the finest in the county, surrounded by beautiful countryside, and accompanied by fine food and top class service. Visit the website: Rowley Manor
Cave Castle Hotel
With its stunning backdrops of lawns and lake, Cave Castle is a proud fairytale wedding venue, with a splendid choice of menus and packages.
With great offers and a fantastic serving staff, Cave Castle is waiting to cater to your every wedding need. View their website here: Cave Castle Hotel
Campsites / Caravans:
East Riding of Yorkshire is a fantastic camping and caravanning location, with sites and parks dotted around the coast and seaside towns.
Caravan Club Sites
• Bridlington Caravan Club Site, Flamborough Road, Sewerby, Bridlington, East Riding
• Rectory Farm, Sands Lane, Driffield, East Riding
• Willow Lane, Long Lane, East Beverley, East Riding
• Park Rose Caravans, Bridlington, East Yorkshire
• Skipsea Sands Holiday Park, Skipsea, East Riding