Driffield is a small town in the East Riding, located between York and Bridlington, and between Hull and Scarborough. Although it is built in the middle of a vast plain, it is located close to the Yorkshire Wolds. It is actually considered as the capital of the Wolds.
Driffield is not really a touristic place, but it is an archetypal Yorkshire market town, with its high street, its brick cottages, its weekly market and its little shops. The town is renowned for the Driffield Show – the largest one-day agricultural show in Yorkshire. It takes place every July.
As with most Yorkshire market towns, most of the old buildings in Driffield are located along the high street. They include Georgian houses, built in bricks and adorned with graceful entrance doors. The main church, All Saints’, is a large building typical of the East Riding, with a wide nave and a tall bell tower. It dates back from the Middle Ages and it was built between the 11th and 13th centuries.
Driffield is located at the end of a canal which links the town to Hull. Called Driffield Navigation, it was opened in 1770. Several nice and old warehouses can be seen around its end near the train station. They date back from the late 18th century and the early 19th century.