One of East Yorkshire’s oldest buildings, Beverley Friary has undergone a £340,000 refurbishment, part funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Beverley Friary Preservation Trust. The extensive refurbishment has transformed it into the ultimate family-friendly Youth Hostel!
The 600 year old Dominican Friary, cited in the Canterbury Tales, has been operated by the national youth hostelling charity YHA (England & Wales) as a Youth Hostel since 1984. The refurbishment programme has taken care to ensure the building’s original features have been retained, including beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces and medieval and Tudor wall paintings which can be viewed on the Hostel’s walls.
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.