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In the footsteps of St John: Beverley Pilgrimage Trail
October 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Be a pilgrim for the day on Sat 23 Oct
Throughout the medieval period, the town of Beverley was major site for pilgrimage. People travelled in their droves to visit the tomb of St John, where they hoped to gain miraculous favour.
Pilgrims carried so-called ‘Pilgrim Passports’ to document their travels. Along the way, pilgrims collected stamps in their passports from the places they visited. These stamps would then serve as proof of the pilgrim’s journey.
Pilgrim Passports are still used in modern pilgrimages, such as the Pilgrims’ Way in southern England, and the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
In honour of the medieval pilgrims who travelled to Beverley, enjoy our mini-pilgrimage trail around the town centre.
Pick up your Pilgrim Passport at St Mary’s Church, Beverley Minster, or the Beverley Tourist Information Centre, any time from 10am, and visit the sites on the trail, collecting stamps as you go. Return to either St Mary’s or the Minster with a passport full of stamps to receive a prize marking your achievement.
The map of the trail
Your Pilgrim Passport contains a handy map with a key to the sites. Here is a digital version:
The 8 stations on the trail
The eight heritage sites where you can get your Pilgrim Passport stamped between 10am – 4pm are:
- St Mary’s Church
- Toll Gavel United Church
- Beverley Guildhall
- East Riding Theatre
- The Treasure House (Tourist Information Centre)
- Beverley Minster
- St Nicholas Church
- Beverley Barge Preservation Society