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The old market town of Howden is dominated by its beautiful minster, which leads to a beautifully preserved Georgian town centre with narrow cobbled streets and restored buildings. Howden was once the centre of a vast ecclesiastical establishment belonging to the Prince Bishops of Durham and the Minster, although more modest than Yorkshire's other minsters, is still a beautiful building, with some superb stained glass windows. The church is still very much in use but after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540 the Chancel and Chapter House fell into ruin. Today their remains, set in charming gardens, add to the overall charm of the place. If you are feeling strong, the 135ft climb up Bishop Skirlaw's Tower in the Minster is rewarded by lovely views of the town and surrounding countryside. The Bishop's Manor House, the Fruit House and the Chapter House all add to Howden's early heritage.

Walk through Howden's narrow streets to admire its fine Georgian architecture, as well as some attractive shops, historic coaching inns and charming tea rooms, and a small market which takes place each Friday.

One of Howden's most famous residents was Neville Shute. Better known as the author of 'A Town Like Alice', Shute was also a pioneering aeronautical engineer and while living at Howden, helped to build the R100 Airship. Just outside Howden, at Breighton Aerodrome is the Real Aeroplane Museum, which tells the history of flight through the work of Yorkshire's many aviation pioneers such as Shute, and has a collection of over 40 flying machines. Visit on one of the summer fly-in days when visiting aircraft triple the number of planes that can be seen there. On the outskirts of town Howden Marsh is a lovely place for a quiet stroll, with a lake and small islands which have become a habitat for birds and wildlife.

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Map reference: SE 743280  Lat: 53.74308 Long: -0.87491

By Car:

East Yorkshire is accessible from the UK's motorway network connecting with the M62, M1, A1, M180 and M18

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Howden station


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