Travelling to Bridlington
Bridlington is the southernmost resort on the Yorkshire coast, and it offers the very best of the British seaside to visitors. As you stroll along its elegant promenades, its best feature remains gloriously in full view – and you can’t help but admire that gorgeous, sweeping, sandy beach.
The funfairs, amusements, candy floss and ice creams of the seafront contrast rather delightfully with its historic harbour – which has been maintained for almost a thousand years – and the understated charms of its old town, where Georgian grace rules the roost.
If you do like to be beside the seaside, then Bridlington can certainly accommodate you; there’s a wide choice of hotels in Bridlington and some excellent guesthouses to consider.
Of course, the first decision you should take is whether you wish to book a Bridlington hotel close to those golden sands, or if you’d prefer to stay a mile inland in the largely Georgian old town. It’s really a matter of personal taste; you’ll find excellent shops, restaurants, cafes and bars in both areas.
If you are looking for somewhere a little quieter there are also hotels in the surrounding countryside and villages nearby. Head to the northeast of Bridlington to take advantage of the spectacular views over Flamborough Head and Bempton Cliffs. The latter is also a nature reserve and a birdwatcher’s paradise.
As you may expect from a seaside resort, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts dominate the available accommodation options. Several of these are pet-friendly, which is good news if you are intending to take your dog out for brisk walks along the nearby cliffs. Many also go out of their way to accommodate families, in terms of offering larger rooms, moving beds or providing cots.
There are also a number of hotels in Bridlington. If you are on a romantic break there is a good choice of luxury hotels, often situated in historic buildings in the old town. You’ll also find a number of budget hotels in Bridlington, and many command sea views and offer easy access to that inviting sandy beach.
The summer months are undeniably popular, and many hotels in Bridlington will quickly get booked up, so it pays to plan a little in advance if you are seeking a sun and sand break away.
At other times of the year Bridlington has much to offer visitors. Every November, it hosts a highly regarded World Music festival, Musicport, which pulls in some very big names.
Another fun event is the Bridlington Dickensian Festival. Each year, the Christmas festivities kick off in late November with this festival in the old town. The streets fill with stalls and amusements, food and craft gifts are abundantly displayed and performers line the pavements. Expect Victorian fancy dress, but don’t let the occasional Scrooge spoil your fun!
Things to do from your hotel in Bridlington
If you can bear to put your bucket and spade down for a moment, there are around 14 miles of precipitous 120-metre high cliffs at Flamborough Head, just to the northeast of Bridlington. It’s an invigorating stroll, or an exhilarating drive if you follow the road from Flamborough village.
Similarly, Bempton Cliffs offer vertiginous views, but these are also part of a nature reserve, best known for its breeding seabirds.
Ask at your hotel in Bridlington about events at Bridlington Spa, as there are often music concerts or shows worth catching here.
When you’re not busy at the beach or strolling the coastal walks, you can browse the independent shops and artists’ galleries in the old town. Situated in the market place, Gallery Forty-Nine occupies two floors of a Georgian listed building and has a number of exhibition spaces displaying contemporary paintings, sculpture, jewellery and ceramics.
Bayle Gate can be found on the site of an old priory. This was once one of the wealthiest houses in England. Little remains of the priory today except for the 800-year-old gatehouse, which now houses a fascinating museum where you can explore Yorkshire life in the 15th century.
More history can be explored a little further afield. Uniquely situated in a dramatic cliff top position, and with spectacular views over Bridlington, Sewerby Hall is set in beautiful gardens surrounded by 19th century parkland. Here you can relax in the grounds and be transported back to the 1900s.
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