Bridlington Old Town Attractions

The Attractions of Bridlington's Old Town are Many.

The Old Town Trail & Universal Pictures 'Dads Army' Film Locations.

The Old Town Trail will take you around the historical Old Town of Bridlington which was originally the main part of the town. Quay Road took you to the smaller part of the town - at the quay, where the present day Harbour is still a thriving port.

Follow the trail as you stroll through the Old Town’s heritage and history, visiting the Priory Church and Bayle Museum. These are places of outstanding interest that you will want to visit to find out more about Bridlington Old Town, its links with the Monarchy of England and how it has developed over the years.

With its High Street, Market Place and greens, the old town was a major trading area for many of the surrounding villages which were dependent on the goods and products sold here. Cottage industries grew and developed around the Old Town.

People had moved into the town with nowhere to live so wealthy owners of the area built tenements at the back of their properties and gave them work.

Today there are still many interesting buildings to look at and admire (look out for the blue plaques). Some of the older houses may date back from the 1600s but many were re-developed and altered in the 18th and 19th century.

New Universal Pictures' Dads Army' Film Location In Bridlington Old Town

The new film producers transformed Bridlington Old Town's High Street to Walmington- On- Sea, set in 1944.

Hollywood Movie Stars Bill Nighy, Toby Jones, Sir Tom Courteney and Sir Michael Gambon and a host of other stars including Daniel Mays, Sarah Lancashire, Bill Paterson & Emily Atack joined more than 300 extras to create a magnificent St George's Day parade down the Old Town's Flag- Covered High Street.

Former Bridlington Mayor Cyril Marsburg also featured as Walmington-On-Sea Mayor on the platform outside the Black Lion (The Royal Oak-Walmington On Sea Brewery in the film).

The High Street was lined with many cheering & flag waving 1940's renactors.-It was a very special day that will always be remembered in Old Town.

The new film, directed by Oliver Parker, will feature the much-loved Home Guard characters along with a new addition - a journalist, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is sent to write about the men's exploits and will send pulses racing !

High Street is the main location within the Old Town,but there was also filming in other locations including the Market Place & Westgate.

As you walk the High Street you will see where Jones The Butchers shop was used,Mercers Shoe Shop,Marigolds Tea Room & Walmington On Sea Brewery

New Dads Army Interpretive displays are being planned along with a future Dads Army Trail.

 

Bridlington Priory Church

The Bridlington Priory Church celebrated it's 900 years annivassary with a series of events. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and culminating with a Royal visit of HRH Prince and Wales and the HRH Duchess of Cornwall.

For further information see - www.priory900.org/their-royal-highnesses-the-prince-of-wales-and-the-duchess-of-cornwall-visit-bridlington-priory-tuesday-23rd-july-2013/

Dating from 1113 AD, the Bridlington Priory Church was originally part of one of England's leading monasteries.

Bridlington Priory's importance as a major pilgrims site as the shrine of St John is evidenced by the visit in 1421 of Henry V following his famous victory at Agincourt in 1415. Agincourt celebrates it's 600 year anniversary in 2015.

The surviving nave of the church is now a thriving parish church with a wealth of historic features.

The Priory organ was built in 1889 by the Belgian firm of Anneessens. In 2006, under the direction of organ consultant Paul Hale, it was completely rebuilt by Nicholson of Malvern. It is now one of the finest four manual organs in the country, having modern mechanical and electrical action yet retaining most of the original pipework. With its 75 stops it is more than capable of faithfully rendering the wide range of British and Continental organ music.

For further details see www.bridlingtonpriory.co.uk and www.priory900.org for the Priory 900 event that occurred in 2013.

The Bayle Museum

The Bridlington Bayle Museum is a Grade 1 Listed scheduled monument situated in the Old Town of Bridlington, one of Yorkshires most popular seaside resorts.

The former entrance to the Augustinian Priorynow houses a museum dedicated to the history of the town of Bridlington.

Life size figures, interactive games, fun for all the family!

The Bayle Museum is Situated in the Old Town of Bridlington directly in front of the Priory Church and next to the historical Bull & Sun Inn.  Parking is free of charge in the surrounding area.

For further details see www.baylemuseum.moonfruit.com

Combine Your Bridlington Old Town Visit With The Enjoyment Of The Flamborough Heritage Coast For Its Natural Attractions.

And Its own' Dads Army' film locations at Bridlington Old Town High Street,Bridlington Old Town Market place ,Bempton Cliffs,Flamborough North Landing & Danes Dyke.

Bempton Cliffs - 400 Foot High

These cliffs have been visited for 100's of years on the main coastal footpath.

Visitors to the Cliffs can also visit the new RSPB visitor centre and reserve at Bempton Cliffs.

For years Bempton Cliffs  has been one of the famous major attractions of the surrounding area, close to Old Town and Bempton Cliffs has a natural link for visitors wanting to visit the location of the Universal Pictures Dad's Army filming, which took place in Bridlington Old Town, Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough Head including Flamborough North Landing ,Flamborough Head and Danes Dyke.

The Flamborough Heritage Coast

Lots to visit on the Flamborough Heritage Coast which is nearby. The coastline deserves more than a flying visit. There are so many things to see and places to go that perhaps you need a flight plan!

The sharp scent of salt in the air coupled with the excitement of exploring caves and coves which are the legacy of marauding Danes that's the real hidden treasure of a seaside holiday here.

The Heritage Coast around Flamborough is breathtaking and an adventurer's playground. Towering cliffs twice the height of York Minster are the home of thousands of seabirds and provide a majestic back-cloth to coves and shores.

Flamborough Head

is the most northerly outcrop of chalk in Europe, famous for its sheer cliffs, beautiful views and scenic village,

Flamborough has been internationally recognised as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Why not visit the Heritage Coast Information Centre before setting out for unspoiled Flamborough Head, where you can walk the cliff top, enjoy a trip in a fishing Coble - the name for the boats that ply their trade around the headland or watch the seabirds dive from the high cliffs into the sea to catch fish for their daily meal.

Danes Dyke

Is a defensive earthwork believed to have been built in the Iron Age when Flint weapons kept invaders at bay. The earthworks bank is some 20 feet high and two and a half miles long running across Flamborough Head from one cliff to another built to protect settlements on the headland.

Natural England awards the Heritage Coast designation to stretches of beautiful, undeveloped coastline, which are managed to conserve their natural beauty and, where appropriate, to improve accessibility for visitors.

Bridlington (approx. 3 miles)

Also nearby but a very different side of Bridlington, is the traditional resort of Bridlington, which developed in to a major tourist resort with the coming of the railways in the mid-1800s.

The family, the foodie, the shopper, the history buff, the culture vulture: there’s definitely something for everyone in East Yorkshire’s favourite resort, Great Bridlington. Elegant, award-winning promenades, glorious golden beaches and an historic harbour - is it any wonder that one of this country’s greatest artists, David Hockney, made it his home for many years and drew his inspiration from the nearby Yorkshire Wolds.

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