Beverley Friary is one of the oldest buildings in East Yorkshire, and has recently undergone a refurbishment worth £340,000, partly funded by the Beverley Friary Trust and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
This extensive renovation has transformed the building into the ultimate family friendly Youth Hostel.
The Dominican Friary is 600 years old, and is mentioned in the Canterbury Tales. It has been operated by the YHA, the youth hostelling charity in England and Wales, as a youth hostel since 1984.
This refurbishment programme was undertaken to ensure that the original feature of the Friary remained intact, including stone fireplaces, beamed ceilings and wall paintings that date back to medieval and Tudor times.
The six month refurbishment has brought the Friary in line with YHA’s drive to create a network of modern Youth Hostels offering private sleeping accommodation, en suites and educational facilities. It is expected that visitor numbers to the Youth Hostel and the surrounding area will increase substantially following the refurbishment.
Prior to the refurbishment, the sleeping accommodation was in two single sex dormitories. YHA Beverley Friary now offers six bedrooms, sleeping between two and eight people and two communal lounge areas as well as a well-equipped kitchen. The Youth Hostel is now fully self-catering, for freedom-loving, budget conscious families and groups. As well as being a Youth Hostel, the Friary’s history and heritage is celebrated by the Beverley Preservation Trust which facilitates public access to the building.
Chris Alder, Manager of YHA Beverley Friary, is delighted with the new-look Youth Hostel. He said: “The refurbishment has given us a more appealing and attractive building. We have a number of bedrooms offering families and individuals privacy as well as a comfort. The Friary is a beautiful, quirky building which the refurbishment has enabled us to widen its appeal and attraction to the many families and groups who visit Beverley and the surrounding area each year.”
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Friary is one of Beverley’s oldest buildings and it is great to see the work that has been carried out to bring it up to a high standard. The Friary now offers great value for money for people who are visiting Beverley and the East Riding.”
YHA Chief Executive Caroline White added: “Through our investments we are creating a world class network of Youth Hostels, throughout England and Wales. YHA Beverley Friary is a brilliant example of what we now offer to everyone and especially to young people whether they are staying with us with their schools, families, or as individuals. And the good news is that you don’t need to be a YHA member to stay with us.”
The development of Beverley Friary is part of YHA’s capital investment programme. Over the past five years YHA has invested £19.5 million in its network of Youth Hostels in England and Wales, creating great value, modern and comfortable accommodation, including en suite facilities.