East Riding of Yorkshire

Flamborough is a village in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Flamborough LighthouseFlamborough LighthouseFlamborough CastleFlamborough is about 4 miles north-east of Bridlington, 10 miles south-east of Filey and 17 miles south-east of Scarborough.

The village is at the centre of the Flamborough headland
where spectacular chalk cliffs, caves and coves form one of Yorkshire’s fine Heritage coasts and house one of the most important colonies of seabirds in Europe.

Flamborough Head is at the end of the headland, which is about two miles east of the village. It has an early 19th century active lighthouse and an old chalk tower from the 17th century which is the oldest full lighthouse remaining in the country.

In 1779, the Battle of Flamborough Head was fought off the coast between ships commanded by the United States of America against Royal Navy convoy escort vessels during the American War of Independence.

Just off Tower Street, near the centre of the village is Flamborough Castle. Today this consists of the remains of the 14th century chalk tower of a much larger fortified manor once owned by the Constable family. The ruins are a scheduled monument.

The village has ancient origins and the headland is a virtual island as a result of a 2.5-mile long ditch and bank defensive earthwork known as Dane’s Dyke across its landward western flank. Despite the name suggesting origins of Danish settlement, excavations suggest the earthwork has existed since the Bronze Age, a period around 3,000 to 4,000 years ago.

North Landing, FlamboroughThe village today has a number of shops and pubs and in addition to its own residential population has a high number of seasonal visitors staying at caravan parks and campsites in the area.

Although a headland mostly of high cliffs, it does have beaches at Thornwick Bay, North Landing, South Landing and Dane’s Dyke. The latter two have Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Awards.

Flamborough also has recent film and TV fame as a location for the 2016 film version of “Dad’s Army” and posing as the Isle of Wight in the ITV series “Victoria”.

 Village features

Flamborough has beaches.
The village has a historic ruined fortified manor house - Flamborough Castle, an ancient dyke earthwork, and historic and working lighthouses.
Flamborough has a choice of pubs.
The village has shops.
The village has a Post Office.
The village has a pharmacy.
A choice of cafes can be found in Flamborough - including cafes at Thornwick Bay, North Landing and at the Lighthouse.
Takeaway food outlets in the village include fish and chips, pizzas.
Restaurant dining can be found in Flamborough.
Places to stay in Flamborough include hotel, guest house, caravan, camping accommodation.
Flamborough has a village hall.
The village has a library.
Flamborough has a school.
Place of worship: Anglican, Methodist.


Bus travel

The village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.

Road travel

Flamborough can be reached via the B1229 B1255

Places to visit

Bempton Cliffs

Cliff 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.

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Church Lane, Sewerby
Sewerby HallSewerby Hall is a Grade I listed Georgian country house built between 1714 and 1720 with additions from the early 19th century. The house has recently been restored to how it would have looked in 1910. It is set in 50 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland ranging from its formal walled and rose gardens to pleasure gardens, picnic areas and woodland. The park also a small zoo, including birds, Sika deer, Shetland ponies, Capuchin monkeys, alpacas and llamas. The hall also has tea rooms, a gift shop and holiday cottages and is a destination for the land train which runs alongside the seafront of Bridlington's North Sands.
Further information at the  Sewerby Hall and Gardens website.

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes, near Driffield
Burton Agnes HallDating from around 1600, Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan stately home that has stayed within a family which can trace its ancestry at the estate back to the Norman manor house built around 1170 remaining beside the hall. The hall is a Grade I listed building and in recent years its grounds have been turned into a thriving visitor attraction featuring award-winning gardens, woodland walk, children's playground, cafe, gift and home and garden shops and a courtyard gallery featuring the work of local artists. The hall, situated 6 miles south-west of Bridlington, also hosts a variety of events, including a Jazz and Blues Festival, classic car rally and a variety of seasonal fairs.
For more information see the  Burton Agnes Hall website.
Locate on map:  Burton Agnes Hall

Emergency services

Humberside Police  Humberside Police website.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service  Humberside Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

HM Coastguard  Coastguard - Coastal safety webpage.

Local government

Civil parish council

Flamborough Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website:  Flamborough Parish Council

Unitary authority

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
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.

County Hall, BeverleyBeverley is the county town of the East Riding of Yorkshire and the location of its County Hall.

Other towns in the East Riding include Bridlington Driffield Goole Market Weighton Hedon Hornsea Howden Pocklington Snaith and Withernsea.

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.

Link to  East Riding of Yorkshire Council website .

Political composition after May 2023 election:

2922943 YP
67 members YP = Yorkshire Party

Police and Crime Commissioner

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside
Oversees Humberside Police covering an area made up of the unitary authority councils of East Riding of Yorkshire, City of Hull and, south of The Humber, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.
Elected P&CC: Jonathan Evison Conservative
 Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside website.

Fire Authority

Humberside 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.
 Humberside Fire Authority website.

Parliamentary constituency

Bridlington and The Wolds
Elected MP: Charlie Dewhirst Conservative

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

East Riding of Yorkshire


-1889 East Riding of Yorkshire (historic admistrative division)
1889-1974 East Riding of Yorkshire (county authority)
1974-1996 Part of a borough within the artificially-created county of Humberside

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