East Riding of Yorkshire

East Yorkshire, or the East Riding of Yorkshire is a mixture of coastline and rolling Yorkshire Wolds where visitors can take in the scenery and explore seaside towns and villages. Elsewhere the historic towns of Beverley and the city of Hull are popular sites for visitors.

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East Riding of Yorkshire Overview

Welcome to East Yorkshire

The ceremonial county of the East Riding of Yorkshire – or East Yorkshire, is in the north east of England is bordered by South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Lincolnshire via the Humber Bridge with the North Sea running along its coastline.

East Yorkshire has a population of around 600,000 people. The county town is Beverley with larger towns at 2017 city of culture Kingston upon Hull, Bridlington, Goole, Cottingham and Hessle.
The landscape of East Yorkshire mixes seaside towns and coastal scenery with high chalk cliffs at the heritage coastline of Flamborough Head, agricultural land and the Yorkshire Wolds. A number of rivers including the River Derwent which runs through Stamford Bridge – site of the famous battle, River Aire and River Don flow through the county.


History

The Romans invaded Yorkshire via the Humber estuary and pushed both north and west to create settlements and evidence of Roman occupation is found in the county. The Humber also served to bring Anglo Saxon invaders in later years.

Throughout the 18th and 19th century the county benefited from the development of canals and railways, serving the agricultural community as they distributed and exported their produce.
Elsewhere a growing tourism industry developed in coastal towns such as Hornsea, Bridlington and Withernsea.


Places to Visit in East Yorkshire

East Yorkshire has a great range of days out for all the family. Take in the fresh air and coastal scenery to visit Withernsea Lighthouse Museum where you can climb 144 steps for spectacular views, take in Flamborough Lighthouse only 119 steps! and the RSPB reserve of Bempton Cliffs. Other attractions include Bondville Model Village, Fort Paull – the only Napoleonic fortress in Yorkshire with views across the Humber estuary and RAF Holmpton where you can explore the underground command centre.

With spectacular scenery and pretty villages East Yorkshire’s coast is popular with walkers – Danes Dyke Beach at Bridlington is great for fossil hunters, whilst the main Bridlington Beach has great expanses of sands. The sand dunes of Spurn Nature Reserve jut out into the estuary with a lighthouse open to vistors at Spurn Point The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail takes you past Humber Bridge, along the Humber Estuary, and Humber Valley and you can also discover the deserted medieval village of Wharram Percy.
Visit Beverley with its historic buildings, racecourse and Minster – a gothic master piece. At Hull you will find historic buildings and a host of visitor attractions including art galleries, museums, maritime museum, the transport museum, Streetlife and the Deep with a range of fascinating marine exhibitions. For something different take a city tour or follow the famous fish trail.

East Yorkshire has a number of stately homes and magnificent gardens open to the public. Sewerby Hall and Gardens occupying a spectacular position on the cliff top overlooking Bridlington offers the visitor the chance to tour the house and gardens, visit the Amy Johnson exhibition and spend some time at the zoo in the grounds of the house. Sledmere House dates back over 200 years and you can explore both the house and gardens or take a walk to see the estate’s red deer. Other houses include Burton Constable Hall, Burton Agnes, Wassand Hall and Burnby Hall Gardens where visitors can take in the gardens, woodlands and lakes.

There is plenty to do from a sporting perspective with horse racing at Beverley, football at the KC Stadium and two rugby league teams – Hull F.C. and Hull Kingston Rovers. East Yorkshire hosts the oldest horse race in England – the Kiplingcotes Derby dating back to 1519.

East Yorkshire’s famous names include William Wilberforce, aviator Amy Johnson, Olympian Luke Campbell and actress Maureen Lipman.

East Yorkshire has a large range of annual events including Beverley Literature Festival, Hull Jazz Festival, Freedom and the biennial Beverley puppet festival.

East Yorkshire’s famous food includes a range of tasty sea food such as lobsters caught off the Yorkshire coast, a variation of Parkin – which originated in West Riding, as well as the other foods for which the wider Yorkshire is well known such as Yorkshire pudding.


Getting There

East Yorkshire is readily accessible by road – the M62 runs into the county from West Yorkshire, whilst the Humber Bridge and A15 link East Yorkshire to Lincolnshire.

The county is well served by train with the Yorkshire Coast Line, Selby Line and Trans Pennine Express amongst the rail operators in the region.



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