1128 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type


Date of travel

November, 2020

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with

On your own

Reasons for trip

Bridlington is a town of two parts, which have grown to form a whole. Bridlington Quay grew up around the harbour. Bridlington Old Town, about a mile inland, grew up around the Priory and, until the C19th, was a much more important settlement than Bridlington Quay. It was the major trading area for many of the surrounding villages which were dependent on the goods and products sold here. When the railway arrived in in the 1840s, economic activity moved to the harbour area. The two only joined up in the C20th when the town grew rapidly. They still preserve their individual character, and I have written more detailed reviews for both.

Bridlington is still a popular east coast seaside resort with two long sandy beaches. The north beach has the fun fair, arcades and cafes. The south beach is quieter and the place for long tramps along the sand. The two are separated by the harbour, which is still a working harbour as well as being used by pleasure craft. It is also popular with families for crabbing.

The shopping area and market is behind the harbour. High Street in the Old Town still retains many of its original buildings from the C17th with bow fronted shop windows. It is like stepping back into the past and was used as the film set for the 2016 remake of “Dad’s Army’. It is a conservation area and there is a very good “town trail.”:

The Priory was once one of the wealthiest Augustinian Priories in Yorkshire but much of the building was pulled down and used as building stone after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The nave is now the parish church and gives some indication of how grand the original church must have been.

The area between the Bridlington Quayside and the Old Town does tend to be ignored which is a shame as there is plenty to stop and look at as you walk between them. Don’t miss the small arcade of shops on Quay Road, still with their cast iron canopy. Bridlington Town Hall is a splendid William and Mary style building dating from 1931 and an example of civic pride. A marble staircase led from the entrance hall to the panelled council chamber and a ballroom. Now retitled Bridlington Customer Service centre, it still contains the council offices as well as the Job Centre. In front is a formal garden with grass and bedding displays. To the rear are Queen Victoria Gardens.

St John’s Burlington Methodist Church with its Russian onion domes, was built as a Wesleyan Chapel in 1884 in response to the increasing number of holiday makers when existing chapels were described as ‘inadequate’. (Burlington was the old name used by local residents for the Old Town until the 1930s.)

Bridlington makes a good centre for a holiday. The “Spa Complex”: still hosts a range of activities and there is a “Leisure Centre”: for when it is too wet to go on the beach.

Museums include the “Bayle Museum of Local History”:
and the “Harbour Museum.”: There is “Bondville Model Village”: complete with tea room. “Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park”: is also popular with families.

A “pirate ship”: gives short trips along the bay, or for those wanting a longer trip, there is the “Yorkshire Belle.”:

Near by, and reached by the land train, is “Sewerby Hall and Gardens”: which even has a small zoo.

There is Flamborough Head with a tiny sandy beach at North Landing, “lighthouse”: and “Living Sea Centre.”:

“Bempton Cliffs”: are only a short drive and the place for bird watching.

A bit further afield is “Burton Agnes Hall,”: a lovely Tudor Manor House surrounded by attractive grounds.

“Scarborough”: and “Filey”: aren’t very far either if you want a change of scene.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.