East Riding of Yorkshire
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.
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”.
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 travelThe village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelFlamborough can be reached via the B1229 B1255
Places to visit
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.
Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Church Lane, Sewerby
Further information at the
Sewerby Hall and Gardens website.
Burton Agnes HallBurton Agnes, near
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Emergency servicesHumberside Police
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilFlamborough Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website:
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
Historic-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