Heritage Open Days 2021

Beverley Minster

Beverley Minster, a gothic marvel with a great history, in normal times is open every day of the year for visitors, with special events for Heritage Open Days. In 2021 there may be some restrictions due to COVID-19

The roots of Beverley Minster go back to the 8th century when John, Bishop of York, founded a monastery for monks and, in a later source, also nuns, under Abbess Polfrida. John was educated at St Hilda’s double house at Whitby, so that a monastery of monks and nuns would be familiar to him. John died in the year 721 and was buried in his church; he was canonised in 1037 because of the miracles attributed to him during and after his lifetime. St John of Beverley became the patron saint of the deaf and dumb because he cured a young man who could not hear or speak. Monasteries were places where the poor could go for care during an illness or in their old age, boys were educated, and travellers could seek shelter and hospitality. Beverley was granted the rights of sanctuary – so the Minster became, and remains, a place of worship, sanctuary, healing and pilgrimage.
This is a very special year for the Minster, remembering 1300 years since St John died in May 721, and 600 years since King Henry V came to visit St John’s golden tomb in April 1421, to give thanks for Agincourt and hear High Mass.
On this Heritage Open Day, come to the Minster and follow in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims. See for yourself the magnificent carvings of foliage and green men. This year’s theme is Edible England, which will be emphasised in the carvings and windows tours in this beautiful Gothic building.

Opening Times

Friday 10 September: 11:00 – 16:00
Saturday 11 September: 11:00 – 16:00
Sunday 12 September: 13:00 – 16:00

Tours

Ground tours on the hour for about 30 minutes on all 3 days (booking not required).

Coffee and cake will be available to purchase.

Beverley Minster Secret Garden

The Secret Garden, Highgate, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 0DN

Beverley Minster’s Secret Garden is open again. Take a rare change to visit this amazing place, an oasis of green hidden behind the houses and almost totally unknown even to its neighbours.

The Minster has a Quiet Garden, usually open to visitors as it will be this year. Hidden behind it, off Highgate, for the second year running the Secret Garden of the Minster will be opened to the public. Last year’s opening for HOD was a sensational success, even those who lived close by had never seen this wonderful place. The garden is constantly changing, with new things to see. It is a haven for wildlife, and a very rare chance to enjoy its peace and tranquillity.

This year there are plans to illustrate the national HOD theme of Edible England at this site…. The garden has a wealth of plants and trees already, but an allotment is being planned in which the gardeners hope to grow the sort of foodstuffs eaten in mediaeval England.. In addition to this they intend to grow herbs that were used in cooking and for medicinal cures throughout the ages.

Weather permitting it is hoped we can cook a pottage, over the open fire within the garden, which was the staple diet of the people. The guides will give a comprehensive tour which will cover how the garden has provided food for centuries for the people in and around the Minster.

Opening Times

Friday 10 September: 1100-1600
Saturday 11 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 12 September: 1300-1600

Tours

These take place on the half hour.

Some uneven paths, care will be needed for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Toilets at the Minster close by. Street parking (limited).

Head for 38 Highgate, the Parish Centre. Directions to the Secret Garden will be signed from there.

Demonstration of crafts associated with the Minster’s heritage in stone and wood.

Friday 10 September

Demonstration and talk about stone carving at the Minster

There will also be craft activities for the family

Time:  between 11.00 and 15.00

Location: outside at the west front of the Minster

Entrance in St John’s Street

Saturday 11 September

A demonstration of wood carving

There will also be craft activities for the family

Time:  between 11.00 and 15.00

Location: outside at the west front of the Minster

Entrance in St John’s Street