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Bridlington

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Bridlington Seafront

Bridlington is a seaside town and fishing port in East Yorkshire. It was originally two towns: the Old Town, about a mile inland, grew up around the medieval Augustinian priory, while Bridlington Quay was the fishing settlement and harbour. The two merged in the mid-19th C when the railway arrived and Bridlington developed rapidly as a resort.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

The usual approach is to follow M62 east to Howden (J37), then take the A614. From the north, take A64 or A19 to York, then A166 east to meet the A614 at Driffield. By any route, expect congestion on summer weekends.

By rail[edit]

Trains run from Hull every half hour, taking 40 mins - this is the surest route from points south. From the west or north, there is an hourly service from Liverpool via Manchester, Leeds and York to Scarborough, but then you have to connect at middle-of-nowhere Seamer with the infrequent Scarborough to Bridlington train. If you are delayed and likely to miss this connection, consider staying on the train to Scarborough and taking a bus onward.

By bus[edit]

The Coastliner bus runs frequently from Leeds via York to Scarborough, but only three per day have a good connection to Bridlington, changing at Malton for Bus # 845.

There's an hourly bus #121 from Hull, taking 90 mins. Summer only, the Express X21 takes about 1 hr 20 mins but there's only one per day, leaving Hull around 9 am and heading back from Brid around 5 pm.

National Express coach NX563 runs direct from London Victoria taking 7 hours to Bridlington. This leaves London daily around noon, with the return southbound leaving Brid around 8 am. This coach runs via Leeds and York, so change at Leeds for travel north eg to & from Newcastle.

Get around[edit]

Access[edit]

Bridlington is a very accessible town for people with mobility issues. It is flat, unlike Filey or Scarborough further along the rugged North Yorkshire Coast - the cliffs rear up just north of town but gradients are mild between the centre and the beaches. The harbour area can be a little tricky to explore as much of it is cobbled or has steps. Mobility scooters can be hired by the day or week and many can be seen on the promenades on the front. Several guest houses and self-catering places have spaces for scooters to be kept by guests.

See[edit]

  • The harbour and fishing port.
  • The Old Town, about half a mile inland from the harbour.
  • 1 Priory Church of St. Mary (Bridlington Priory), Church Green, Bridlington YO16 7JX. Summer Mon-Fri 10-4 Mon-Fri, Sat 10-noon, Sun 2-4; winter 10-noon daily. Built on the site of the Augustinian Priory dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. Part of it continued in use as a church then it was rebuilt in the 19th C by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Note the Victorian organ (restored 2004-6), monument to the Great Storm of 1871 (which led to the "Plimsoll Line" and other marine safety measures), and plaque to George Symons VC (wounded in the Crimea). Modern features are the plaque to WW2 pilot “Ginger” Lacey, leger stone to 14th C prior St John of Bridlington, the applique tapestries, and “Lamb of God” tree carving. Free. Bridlington Priory on Wikipedia Bridlington Priory (Q4525670) on Wikidata
  • Flamborough Head is the spectacular line of chalk cliffs beginning just north of town and jutting out for six miles into the North Sea. Admire them from below from the Prom or beach. Do not attempt the shore walk round the Head unless you have checked the tide times, and are confident that you can walk the six miles to the next access point before the tide rolls in again - the sea will come right up to the cliffs, with no escape path. To admire the views from above, drive or cycle the minor roads out to the Head or to the "North Landing". This northern part is called "Bempton Cliffs" and there's a wild-life centre.
  • Sewerby Hall, Bridlington YO15 1EA (2 miles E of Bridlington on the B-road to Flamborough Head), +44 1262 673769, e-mail: . April-early Nov daily, house 11-4.30; closed mid Nov-March. Georgian mansion incorporating the East Yorkshire Museum (with a room dedicated to aviator Amy Johnson) and Coastguard Museum. Gardens, putting green, family-oriented events. A “land-train” runs here from central Brid, if you don’t have kids you could still use it ironically. Adult £2.20, child 5-15 £1.10, extra fee for some attractions. Sewerby Hall on Wikipedia
  • Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield YO25 5NB (7 miles SW of Bridlington on A614), +44 1262 490324. April-Oct and mid-Nov thru Dec daily 11-5; closed Jan-March; occasionally closed for events. Fine Elizabethan Mansion House plus remains of its Norman predecessor. Extensive gardens, hosting the National Collection of Campanulas. Adult £10.50, child 5-15 £5; concessions, and 10% discount if you come by bus. Burton Agnes Hall on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • Sandy beaches.
  • Small funfare and amusement arcades by the North Beach.
  • Boat trips from the harbour, including speedboat rides.
  • 1 Bridlington Spa, +44 1262 678258 (Box Office). Main venues are the Royal Hall (1930s décor), 3800 standing, often used for rock concerts; Spa Theatre (Edwardian) seats 676; and Harbour Suite with 120 seats. Rebuilt several times (most recently in 2016) after fires, floods and other calamity, but preserving the original features. Often hosts conferences. Bridlington Spa on Wikipedia The Spa, Bridlington (Q7765618) on Wikidata
  • Birds of Prey Centre and Animal Park, Carnaby Covert Lane YO15 3QF (Take coast rd A165 S for 2 miles then turn inland on Moor Lane, signs for Carnaby). Summer 10.30 to 4.30 daily, October weekends only, closed winter. Surprising number of pigs for a bird centre
  • John Bull Candy Factory, Moor Lane, Carnaby YO16 7UT (3 miles S of Brid, near Birds of Prey Centre). Summer holidays only, late July – end of Aug, Mon-Fri, 10.30 to noon and 12.45 to 3.45. Tour the factory where they make seaside rock and other confectionery, have a go at making your own. Adults £3.50, children over four £3.

Annual Events[edit]

Buy[edit]

  • Freshly caught fish.
  • Farmer's Market (Open air market selling fresh local produce, straight from the farm, on the third Friday of every month), Christ Church, 2 Quay Road, Bridlington, YO15 2AP, +44 1262 404200, e-mail: . 10AM-3PM. free entrance.

Eat[edit]

  • There are several Fish and Chip shops near the harbour.
  • FIsh and Chips at 149 (UK National Fish and Chip Shop award winner 2011), 149 Marton Road, Bridlington, YO16 7DJ, +44 1262 678378. 11:30AM-9PM. From £5.40 for fish and chips.
  • Supattra (MSG-free Thai food, specialising in seafood.), 29 Quay Road, Bridlington, YO15 2AR, +44 1262 678565, e-mail: . 6PM-10PM, Tuesday-Sunday. All food cooked to order so can cater to special dietary needs. Full vegetarian menu available. £4-22.

Drink[edit]

  • Marine Bar (CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) recommended pub, serving Wold Top, Timothy Taylor's and at least two other real ales throughout the year.), Expanse Hotel, North Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 2LS, +44 1262 675347, e-mail: . Besides serving real ale, the Marine Bar has a wide range of services including disabled access, free wifi, Live music, quizzes, a DJ and both food and accommodation available.

Sleep[edit]

  • Helena Holiday Flats, 36 Windsor Crescent. YO15 3HY (located off South Marine Drive, South Shore), +44 1262 674589-0800 0935071, e-mail: . Check-in: after midday, check-out: by 10AM. Access information for the building is available on the web site. The units are rated 2 and 3 Stars. Central heating is included in the cost, as is parking and wi-fi access. The property is non-smoking, although guests can smoke in the front yard. The flats are close to the train station and supermarket and within walking distance of the town centre and the coach station. from £125 per flat, per week off-peak/£250 per flat, per week, peak.
  • Sandra's Guest House, 6 Summerfield Road. YO153LF (located off south marine drive, south shore), +44 1262 677791.
  • Marina Guest House, 8 Summerfield Road. YO153LF (located off south marine drive, south shore), +44 1262 677138. Both of the above are family-run guest houses situated in a quiet residential area with unrestricted road side parking 50 yards from South Beach and 250 yards to the Spa Complex. from £25 pppp.
  • Victoria House (located on South side of Bridlington phone=). Family run B&B offering daily or weekly mobility scooter hire and a free wifi service. Wheelchair access from street direct to one of ground floor rooms. Access Statement
  • 1 Mowbray Apartments, 8 the crescent, +44 1262 676218, e-mail: . Bridlington self catering apartments with excellent sea views. £25.

Connect[edit]

  • T2 Internet Cafe, 5 Prosepect Street, +44 1262 604654.
  • Many hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and self-catering rentals now provide free wifi.
  • You can relax in one of several pubs with free Wi-Fi

Go next[edit]

  • To the north, Scarborough and Filey are agreeable nearby beach resorts, easily done as day trips by bus or train. The coast further north is rugged and scenic, with the little harbour of Robin Hood's Bay, and then gothic Whitby.
  • To the south is the small resort of Hornsea, a 1950s time-warp, then come the strange "toffee-castle" cliffs of East Yorkshire. Here the soft hills of the Wolds are being rapidly eroded by the sea, leaving farm buildings dangling over the edge or crumpled sideways on the shore, while humbug-hued turrets of ground await the next high tide. Erosion is so rapid that even a recent map is likely to be out of date, with access roads closed off, or gone over the edge to join the medieval villages drowned offshore. These 5-10 m high cliffs stretch for some 20 miles, then the coast becomes sand hills. It culminates in Spurn Point, a nature reserve - look out for birds, moths, butterflies, and huge ships churning past the lighthouse along the Humber.
  • York, some 40 miles east, is a must-see, and for big city amusements head for Leeds.
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