Minster Yard North, Beverley, HU17 0DP
The gothic cathedral of Beverley Minster is one of the largest parish churches in the UK and one of the most important places to visit in Beverley. A monastery was founded on this site in 700 AD by Saint John of Beverley (whose bones still lie beneath a plaque in the nave of the minster.) The structure was rebuilt a number of times and the current minster building dates back to around 1400 AD.
Beverley Minster is a Grade I listed building and the interior of the church includes columns of Purbeck Marble, stiff-leaf carving and the tomb of Lady Eleanor Percy, which dates back to around 1340. The tomb is covered with a canopy which is regarded as one the best surviving examples of Gothic art. Another point of interest in the minster is a large, chestnut-colored organ with gold pipes.
Regular Sunday services are held at the Minster and the Beverley Minster choir sing at the major services on Sundays and on Thursday night at Choral Evensong. Many of the church buildings are available for hire and the Minster is also a popular wedding destination.
The Minster welcomes thousands of visitors a year and is usually open every day however it is worth checking the church website before you visit. Members of the church staff are usually available to answer questions or to address special needs. Leaflets are available in several languages just inside the main door which provide a self guided tour of the building. Visitors can also download an app from the church's website which gives you a self guided tour of the Minster, identifying the important points of interest.