Our Places - East Riding of Yorkshire
A predominantly rural and coastal region, the East Riding of Yorkshire provides spectacular unspoilt countryside with the Yorkshire Wolds at its heart. The area offers affordable property prices in many pleasant towns and villages.
Unspoilt countryside, attractive towns and dramatic coastline
With handsome market towns such as Beverley, Driffield and Pocklington along with large stretches of uncrowded coastline, the East Riding of Yorkshire is a region which offers a good quality of life at a cost that won’t break the bank.
Encompassing the Yorkshire Wolds, the region provides both attractive countryside and seaside charm in traditional resorts such as Bridlington and Filey along its coast. There is also a wealth of historical buildings to explore and a thriving music, arts and heritage scene close by in Hull.
The region has several highly-rated primary and secondary schools and boasts property prices well below the national average in many of its towns and villages. Popular with walkers, cyclists and wildlife watchers, the East Riding of Yorkshire has great appeal for anyone who enjoys the outdoor life.
For just a flavour of what the East Riding has to offer, our local tips are:
East Riding Theatre is a vibrant, professional theatre located in Beverley. Founded by actor and Beverley resident Vincent Regan, it delivers an eclectic programme of quality theatre, music and entertainment. It also boasts Dame Judi Dench and Sir Mark Rylance as its patrons.
Pocklington Arts Centre has gained a nationwide reputation for its live-event and films programmes. The Talk described this venue as “The region’s best medium sized concert venue… Pocklington Arts Centre has a reputation for punching above its weight, attracting internationally renowned acts….”.
Bridlington Spa always features an exciting programme of music, comedy, theatre and touring musicals set in a beautiful building.
Beverley Minster is regarded by many as a gothic masterpiece and is well-worth a visit. Very much a part of the local community, the Minster also plays host to a wide range of events from vintage fairs to beer festivals.
The East Riding also plays host to a number of stunning historical houses. Burton Agnes will surprise and delight, filled as it is with wonderful art including a number of impressionist pieces. It has been described as one of the twenty best English houses alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Place and Chatsworth House and offers an annual programme of events which includes a summer Jazz and Blues Festival. Burton Constable Hall and Sewerby Hall should also be at the top of a ‘must visit’ list for the area.
Beverley’s historic buildings provide a lovely location for a wander and a touch of retail therapy. It offers high street names, an outpost of local department store chain Browns, and a good selection of quality independent shops.
Food and Drink
Any mention of places to eat in the East Riding must start with The Pipe and Glass Inn, the former coaching inn which has not only won an international reputation but has also held a coveted Michelin star since 2010. Aside from its high-flying reputation, the Pipe and Glass is just a lovely place to visit. Warm and welcoming, the service is as good as the food and if you’re not in the market for the full-on Michelin experience, you can always pop in for a beer and a sandwich in the bar.
The Westwood in Beverley focuses on modern British dishes made with the best locally sourced ingredients whilst The Wellington Inn at Lund near Driffield is a proper pub with excellent food and a range of cask and guest beers.
For a completely different experience and a step back in time, pay a visit to Nellies. Formally named the White Horse Inn, this Beverley pub dates back to 1666 and maintains many of its original features including gas lights, chandeliers, rickety floors and open fires. The bargain price of your round will also make it feel like a trip back in time.
Recommended primary schools in the East Riding include Molescroft Primary School in Beverley, Market Weighton Infant School and Nafferton Primary School. In secondary education, both Beverley Grammar School and Beverley High School have been recognised in the prestigious ‘Good Schools Guide’.
There are a number of strong independent choices locally including Hull Collegiate, and Hymers College, both located in nearby Hull. Pocklington School is situated on a picturesque campus across a 65 acre rural setting and in 2016 achieved a record number of Oxbridge offers. Notable former students include Adrian Edmonson, William Wilberforce and Sir Tom Stoppard.
Commuting and Getting Around
From Hull Paragon Station, there are trains to Doncaster, Leeds, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Scarborough and York. The journey to London is around 2.5 hours.
Parts of the East Riding are easily commutable by car from North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.
Our closest airport is Humberside Airport where the main carrier is KLM, offering daily flights to Amsterdam and onward to other destinations. Several other airlines and tour operators including Flybe and British Airways also offer routes to UK and European destinations. The ferry terminal at Hull also provides easy access to the continent.