East Riding of Yorkshire
Today the lighthouse is a museum (see below) of local history, about the RNLI and award-winning actress Kay Kendall.
The pier towers on the seafront are a reminder of a former heyday of Withernsea when Victorians, then able to travel from Hull by train, were able to visit its pier, once 1,196ft (365m) long. The pier was damaged by a series of collisions by boats in gales from the date of its construction in 1877 through its 16-year life before a final devastating blow by a storm-damaged vessel in 1893 which saw it reduced to just 50ft (15m). That final short section was removed during construction of the promenade and sea wall in 1903, leaving only the castle-like towers of its entrance.
Today long golden beaches are an attraction for many who spend holidays in caravans and holiday homes along this section of the coast.
Withernsea, lying just east of the Greenwich Meridian, is Yorkshire's only town in the eastern hemisphere.
Withernsea has a sandy beach.
The town has a historic lighthouse and pier head.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets. Withernsea offers gifts.
Withernsea holds regular car boot sales - at the Memorial car park, Pier Road, on some Sundays between March and September.
The town has a Post Office.
Withernsea has a bank.
The town has a pharmacy.
Withernsea has a choice of pubs.
A choice of cafes can be found in Withernsea.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, pizzas, burgers, kebabs.
The town has a library.
Withernsea has a museum.
Withernsea has a community centre.
The town has a community cinema.
The town has a leisure centre with swimming pool.
There are public toilets in the town.
Withernsea has tourist information.
Places to stay in Withernsea include holiday home, caravan accommodation.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, United Reformed.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Places to visit
Withernsea Lighthouse Museum
Hull Road, WithernseaThe 127-foot high inland lighthouse in the centre of Withernsea is now a museum of local history, about the RNLI and about award-winning actress Kay Kendall, who was born close by and died of leukaemia in 1959, aged 32. The lighthouse can be climbed by 144 steps to the top for a view across the town. The museum, which also has a cafe, opens at weekends from Easter to October and also on weekdays in the summer season.
Details can be found on the
Withernsea Lighthouse Museum website.
Rysome Lane, HolmptonAn underground nuclear bungalow hidden beneath a bungalow is now a relic of cold war radar defences of the 1950s. The former RAF Holmpton site is now open to the public to descend steps into its fascinating underground corridors and rooms.
More information can be found on the
Visit the Bunker website.
Spurn Heritage CoastAt the south-east tip of Yorkshire about 10 miles south of Withernsea is the Spurn Heritage Coast. A three-and-a-half mile long spit of sand, shingle and boulder clay washed from the shores of the Holderness coast stretches into the Humber estuary. The headland includes the Spurn National Nature Reserve, run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Spurn can offer a spectacle of migrating birdlife in the spring and autumn and deer and grey seals can also be spotted. While a century ago there was a railway along the headland and more recently a road, there is now no vehicle access to the public. Victorian sea defences have crumbled and tidal surges have washed over the headland at times to temporarily form Yorkshire's only sea island. It is still possible to walk to
Burton ConstableBurton Constable, Skirlaugh
For more information see the
Burton Constable website.
Locate on map:
Beverley MinsterMinster Yard, Beverley
More information at the
The Arctic Corsair, a sidewinder trawler, was built at Beverley Shipyard in 1960 and spent its days going to sea from Hull, where it now remains as a museum exhibit. Tours can be booked at the Museums Quarter reception at High Street in Hull on certain days. The trawler was involved in the 'Cod Wars' with Iceland in the 1970s and retired from fishing in 1987.
Find out more at this
Hull City Council - Arctic Corsair webpage.
Emergency servicesHumberside Police
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilWithernsea Town 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