East Riding of Yorkshire
The town is positioned on the coast 9 miles south-south-east of
The town centre and High Street of Bridlington was originally near to its historic Priory, an area which is now known as Old Town. The arrival of the railway in Bridlington in 1846 brought a huge increase in tourism and a new town centre developed through the Victorian era, a mile from the Old Town and very close to the harbour and beaches. It is where the main shopping centre of Bridlington remains today.
The Old Town still has characterful shops and places to eat and it was one of the principal locations when Walmington-on-Sea came to Bridlington for the filming of the Dad's Army movie, released in February 2016 and based on the original popular TV comedy.
Among the harbour attractions is The Three Brothers, a historic fishing coble built in Bridlington in 1912. The harbour is now mainly used for leisure craft, a small fishing fleet, charter fishing and tourist pleasure boats. The most famous of these is the Yorkshire Belle, built in
Just north of Bridlington is the
There are several pharmacies around Bridlington.
The town has bank and building society branches.
There are more than two dozen pubs to choose from in and around the town and there are a few good ones among them, but you may need to pick carefully as many have not been scoring highly for customer satisfaction and the emptiness of some of them may be a reflection on this.
The town has a selection of cafes and coffee houses.
There is no shortage of places to eat in Bridlington, from burgers and fish and chips near the seafront, through American, Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisines, to quality restaurants, often in hidden-away places such as Bridlington's Old Town.
Takeaways provide fish and chips, burgers and a whole range of other cuisines.
Bridlington has a library at King Street and the North Bridlington Library at Martongate.
East Riding Leisure centre at Promenade, Bridlington, has a swimming pool and gym.
For entertainment and museum see below.
Places to stay in Bridlington include hotel, guest house, holiday home, caravan and camping accommodation.
Bridlington Tourist Information Centre is in Prince Street.
There are several public toilets around Bridlington, but they have limited opening times with many closing as early as 4.15pm. Check with the council website when it's convenient for you to go at
There are several schools in and around Bridlington.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, other
Further details at the
Bridlington Priory website.
Gypsey Race is a stream flowing into the North Sea at Bridlington Harbour.
South Marine Drive, BridlingtonWith its seating for 3,800 people, The Spa is the biggest indoor entertainment venue on the Yorkshire coast and attracts some top touring comedians, musicians and dance acts, a popular pantomime and other shows. It also hosts ballroom and tea dances. The Spa extends its entertainment into Pembroke Gardens and the nearby Promenade, where it provides free street entertainment. It also has an art gallery attracting a large variety of works from the East Riding and beyond.
The Spa website.
West Street, BridlingtonThe Spotlight Theatre was created in 2000 when the long-established Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society bought a former print works to turn into its own theatre venue. In addition to the society's own shows, it hosts professional touring shows, musicals, music gigs, an annual pantomime and films.
Spotlight Theatre website.
The Bayle Museum
Church Green, BridlingtonA museum is housed in The Bayle, a grade I listed scheduled monument and historic gateway of Bridlington's Augustinian priory. The gatehouse between Bridlington's Old Town and its Priory dates from around around 1388 although parts of it may have 12th century origins and upper parts were rebuilt in the 17th century. It also housed a prison from 1446 and a room at the top of the gatehouse was used as a court. As King Henry VIII started appropriating abbey and priory assets in 1536 after becoming head of his new Church of England, the Prior of Bridlington William Wood became involved in an uprising, The Pilgramage of Grace, against the king. It led to he and others being charged with treason in 1537 and his beheading in York. The king then seized Bridlington Priory and its possessions. Since that time The Bayle has had various uses, including a meeting place for the Lords Feeofees and Assistants of the Manor of Bridlington, who since 1636 have been trustees of much of the property in Brildlington's Old Town and who were effectively performed the functions of a town council before the establishment of a borough council. Since 1928, The Bayle has housed a museum telling its rich history.
Bridlington Town AFCThe Seasiders play at Queensgate, Bridlington.
Official Bridlington Town AFC
Bridlington RUFCBridlington RUFC play rugby union at Dukes Park, Queensgate, Bridlington.
Places to visit
Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Church Lane, Sewerby
Further information at the
Sewerby Hall and Gardens website.
Burton Agnes HallBurton Agnes, near
For more information see the
Locate on map:
Bempton CliffsCliff Lane, Bempton
Home to a quarter of a million seabirds including the only mainland gannet colony in Britain, the cliffs, 5 miles east-north-east of Bridlington, are also home to kittiwakes, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, herring gulls and shags. Many farmland birds can also be seen on the clifftops. The RSPB has a nature reserve at the cliffs with a visitor and exhibition centre, tearoom, shop, toilets and clifftop observation platforms which are accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. The RSPB centre has a car park and is about 1.5 miles walk from Bempton station and about a mile from the nearest bus stop in Bempton village. The RSPB has a website on which they have details of their facilities.
The station is managed by Northern. The operator running services is Northern.
Bridlington bus station
Princess Terrace (at rear of The Promenade shopping centre)Buses operate from Bridlington bus station to nearby and resort towns, including to
Road travelBridlington is on the main A165 leading southwards towards
Park and Ride details at the
Emergency servicesHumberside Police
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Town council (civil parish)Bridlington Town Council
The town council is made up of 12 councillors elected across three wards. A Mayor of Bridlington and deputy mayor is elected each year by the councillors. The council discusses planning issues, organises a Bridlington Business in Bloom competition, awards small grants and runs a Citizen of Honour scheme. Bridlington Town Hall is used by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (see below). The town council is office is in Quay Road.
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
Historic1636 - Lords Feeofees and Assistants of the Manor of Bridlington
-1889 East Riding of Yorkshire (historic admistrative division)
1889-1974 East Riding of Yorkshire (county authority)
1899-1974 Bridlington Municipal Borough (within East Riding of Yorkshire)
1974-1981 Borough Council of North Wolds (within the artificially-created county of Humberside)
1981-1996 Borough Council of East Yorkshire (renaming of the above)