East Riding of Yorkshire
Situated on the River Ouse, not far from the Humber Estuary, the port is 50 miles from the North Sea.
Goole also became the place where the River Don was joined with the River Ouse in the 1620s. The river was diverted from joining the River Trent via a channel, the Dutch River, to drain the marshland of Hatfield Chase.
More about the significance of the waterways in the history of Goole could be found at The Yorkshire Waterways Museum in Goole, however the museum was closed in May 2019.
Landmarks in the town include its twin water towers, known as the salt and pepper pots, and the steeple of St John the Evangelist Church, the town's parish church.
Supplementing the docks, business parks featuring industrial and warehouse units have been developed around the town in recent years.
The town is on the River Ouse, River Don (Dutch River).
Goole is on the Aire and Calder Navigation.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets. Goole offers bakery goods, butchers, clothes, furnishings, an indoor market.
The town has a Post Office.
Goole has banks.
The town has pharmacies.
Goole has several pubs.
Restaurant dining and cafes can be found in Goole.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, pizzas, burgers, kebabs, sandwiches.
The town has a cinema.
Goole has a theatre.
The town has a swimming pool.
There are public toilets in the town with limited hours of use. (Estcourt Street - 7am-6pm daily)
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed, other.
Goole was formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Goole stationStation managed by: NORTHERN. Operator/s: NORTHERN.
NORTHERN - Departure and station info
Link to Northern - external website providing information on all services at this station.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelGoole can be reached via the A161 A614 (M62)
Places to visit
Selby AbbeyThe Crescent, Selby
More information at
Emergency servicesHumberside Police
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilGoole Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website:
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council is now a unitary district rather than a county authority but the least changed of any of the historic Ridings of Yorkshire.
It does now cover a small part of the former West Riding, while it has lost portions of the historic East Riding to North Yorkshire and York.
Other towns in the East Riding include
The authority covers a near full range of council services, except the limited services handled by the various civil parish/town councils which exist throughout its area.
The 26 wards in the authority each elect one, two or three councillors to make up a 67 member council. An election for the entire council is held every four years with the most recent election in 2019.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council website .
The political composition after the May 2019 election was:
The political composition after the May 2023 election is:
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside
Fire AuthorityHumberside Fire Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four unitary authorities served by the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service - East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.
Ceremonial countyEast Riding of Yorkshire
Historic1889-1974 West Riding of Yorkshire (county authority)
1974-1996 Part of a borough within the artificially-created county of Humberside