Bridlington Local Area Guide
Bridlington retains the magical feel of a traditional British seaside resort, but with recently renovated attractions and freshly designed promenades, it has the benefits of a modern and homely town.
Photo: Sam Leech
There’s a whole host of things to do to entertain the family, with two award winning beaches only minutes away and dazzling stretches of bright golden sand up each side of the harbour. The beautiful promenades are lined with neat Victorian houses, a range of different hotels and some fantastic amusement arcades. There are also donkey rides available on the beach and the seafront is full of souvenir shops, fun fair rides and of the course the freshest fish and chips available from the fishermen’s local catches.
The recently redesigned South Promenade adds a lovely modern twist to the area, in contrast, the North Promenade still retains its divine Edwardian charm and both are ideal for a gentle stroll, watching the beach-goers having fun below or taking in the stunning views out to sea. Another great way to see the area is on one of the sea front trains or the fun “tuk tuk” motor rickshaws – you will never run out of things to do.
After receiving a multi-million pound overhaul, the historic Royal Hall and Spa Theatre now offers a packed programme of first-rate music, brilliant comedy, captivating drama and a selection of variety shows, as well as a range of top notch restaurants and superb bars. “Beside the Seaside - The Bridlington Experience” is a museum dedicated to celebrating the original British seaside trip – this is a must-see attraction come rain or shine.
The Old Town brings a charming contrast to the all the seaside attractions. The beautiful 17th century High Street offers a fantastic range of delightful antique shops, craft shops and charismatic cafés. St Mary’s Priory Church can be found on the green and is almost 1,000 years old now – it was once part of the biggest and most significant monasteries in the North of England.
Not far along the coast are the breath-taking chalk cliffs of Flamborough Head, here you can find a picturesque lighthouse as well as one of the biggest spots for nesting sea birds in England, including a large group of puffins and a rare colony of gannets.
Photo: Phil Green
Not far away are the beautiful villages and stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Wolds, the nearby resorts of Hornsea and Withernsea, and the incredible Heritage Coastline.
Spurn Point National Nature Reserve is famous for the huge amounts of migrating birds that visit its precarious and always changing stretch of sand each year. It is over three miles long but in some places is only around 50 meters wide.