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Nature Reserve, free entry

Beverley Minister

Beverley Minister


The Millennium Orchard is one of the largest, non-commercial orchards of northern varieties of apples in England. It is a place of interest for archaeologists, historians, fruit growers, ecologists, beekeepers, walkers, picnickers and everyone who loves to spend time in the countryside.

Beverley Parks is part of Old Hall Farm smallholding, lying within a former deer park that surrounded much of Beverley during Medieval times. The site dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086, when the Archbishops of York owned the manor. It is also a site of local archaeological importance with earthworks and ridge and furrow still in evidence. The Millennium Orchard was planted in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium in partnership with the East Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes. Beverley Parks was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 2006 in recognition of its wildlife value and importance to the local community.

Reserve Management
Beverley Parks is managed by the Countryside Access Team. Our goal is to balance recreational activities with conserving wildlife. The Women's Institute continues to work alongside the team in the Millennium Orchard where we demonstrate traditional orchard management. We are successfully growing and conserving 100 traditional northern varieties of apples and pears, including local specimens such as the Hornsea Herring, Beverley Pippin, Arram White and Fillingham Pippin.
The restoration of agricultural land to a parkland landscape has involved planting individual sweet chestnut, lime, oak and ash trees in the fields, which are grazed by cattle. Hedgerows on both sides of the reserve have been reinstated by either planting new trees, or by reintroducing hedge laying techniques on old overgrown hedges.

What to Do
-Millennium Orchard
-Parkland Trails
-Bird Feeding Station
-Annual Apple Day
-Bee Keeping

Visitor Information

Free car park: There is space for 6 cars, please park considerately, when full please park on grass adjacent to the car park.
Public Toilets: There are public toilets in Beverley, at the Railway Station, Bus Station, Lord Robert's Road and Dyer Lane.
Accessibility: There is a surfaced level path around the orchard. The path from the car park to the parkland crosses a raised boardwalk with steps. The paths around the parkland are level but unsurfaced. The gate into the parkland can also be operated by those who use a RADAR key.
Refreshments: There are many cafes and pubs in Beverley (1.5 Miles)
Dogs: Keep your dog under control and do not disturb wildlife, cattle or other visitors, please clean up after your dog.

Enjoy a Safe Visit:
Camping, fire lighting and horse riding are not permitted. Observe warning notices on fields containing cattle and do not climb over locked gates. Be aware of farm traffic and do not enter the farm yard.

Cash PointDisabled toiletsPostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)

Open all the time


Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 26 - Sat 29 Sep Beverley Chamber Music Festival
Sat 29 Sep Saturday Market
Mon 1 Oct White Horse Folk Club
Sat 6 Oct Saturday Market
Mon 8 Oct White Horse Folk Club
Sat 13 Oct Saturday Market



    Countryside Access Team


    East Yorkshire,
    HU17 0AB



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    Map reference: TA 035395  Lat: 53.84143 Long: -0.42847

    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 Beverley station


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    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • PostboxPostbox
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)