Beaches in Bridlington, Yorkshire
Bridlington is a seaside town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on what is known as the Holderness Coast of the North Sea. The Gypsey Race River runs through the town and emerges into the North Sea by the harbour.
Bridlington became popular during the early 19th century when the first hotel was opened and wealthy visitors were attracted to its seaside location. The town was originally two separate areas; the Quay and Old Town. When the railway arrived in 1846 the area between the two was developed bringing them together to create the town that Bridlington is today.
Bridlington boasts two award winning golden sandy beaches. South Beach overlooks Bridlington Bay and is a large sandy beach that reaches to Spurn Point at the mouth of the River Humber. South Beach was recently given the Quality Coast Bucket and Spade Award. North Beach won the Quality Coast Award in 2011 and is made up of sand and shingle and is surrounded by a wide promenade. It is backed by the Flamborough Headland, a dramatic chalk cliff face that reaches up to 130 metres.
Two trains run along the North Promenade between Leisure World and Sewerby Hall and Gardens, and also linking the town centre with parking areas. There is also a land train that runs along the South Promenade which links the town centre with a popular caravan park and other parking areas.
On the seafront is the Bridlington Spa; it originally opened in 1896 and in its Victorian heyday it was a leading entertainment venue. Recent refurbishment has brought it into the 21st century and now attracts big names from the music industry.
Bridlington is set around the bustling harbour which is set in the middle of the seafront and is busy with fishing boats and pleasure cruises taking visitors along the coast and around the bay. Bridlington is still a minor sea fishing port and is well known for its shellfish. Away from the beach is the Old Town where narrow streets are lined with independent shops and local eateries.
Various cultural attractions in the town include the Bridlington Priory, a grade I listed building that was built on the site of an Augustinian Prior which dates from 1113 AD. There is also Bayle Gate which also located on the site of an old priory; the only remaining feature is the 800 year old gate house which is now home to a museum that details local history and life about Yorkshire in the 15th century. Sewerby Hall and Gardens is a grade I listed country house that was built in 1714 and set in 50 acres of landscape gardens in an elevated cliff top location.
The beach guide has 8 beaches listed in and around the town of Bridlington.