Beverley Minster

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Opening Times:

Weekdays: 1 Nov-28 Feb 9am-4pm;
1 March-30 April 9am-5pm;
1 May-31 Aug 9am-5.30pm;
1 Sept-31 31 Oct 9am-5pm Sundays 12 noon - 5:30pm



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Beverley Minster

Turner passed through Beverley on the return leg of his 1797 grand tour, around the same time as his visit to Howden.

Beverley Minster is the largest and finest church in East Yorkshire and reflects the great prosperity of these agricultural lands at the end of the middle ages. The church, and tomb within, are some of the most exquisite examples of Gothic carving in Britain and some of the most challenging subjects that Turner encountered on this tour. He appears to have completely enjoyed the challenge.

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Turner's Viewpoint

Turner made some particularly finely detailed pencil studies at Beverley, including one from north of the Minster ('North of England' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: XXXIV 79), another of the North Porch and West End ('North of England' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: XXXIV 91), as well as an interior view of the Choir with the flamboyant tomb canopy, almost certainly created for Eleanor, wife of Henry, first Lord Percy of Alnwick, (Tate Gallery, Finberg number: XXXVI N - this appears to be a leaf detached from the sketchbook). 

The exact viewpoint of Turner's sketch of the north side can be found on Highgate and is remarkably similar today.

Beverley Minster is a site of major architectural importance and open to visitors. The Percy Canopy within, which Turner captured, is recognised as one of the masterpieces of English decorated stone carving.

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trails bench and panel can be found in the Rose Garden next to the Minster.

Turner's Religious Houses

Listen to Episode 4 of our Turner podcast series when Turner expert, Professor David Hill, is joined by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, as they look at Turner's sketches and paintings of Yorkshire's historic religious houses.

The Venue


Beverley Minster, Minster Yard North, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 0DP

Map reference: TA037393

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Directions to Beverley Minster:

Follow the A164 into Beverley. At the mini roundabout, right onto Keldgate/B1230 and follow round to Minster