North and South beach
North Beach is a Quality Coast Award 2011 winning sand and shingle beach surrounded by wide promenades backed against the impressive Flamborough cliffs. This beach provides the ideal location to relax and just watch the constant bustle of the busy harbour or browse around the splendid array of boats. South Beach is an extensive sandy beach which overlooks Bridlington Bay with the golden sands extending to Spurn Point at the mouth of the River Humber. Bridlington South Beach was given a Quality Coast Bucket and Spade Award for the first time this year. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of traditional restaurants as well a variety of modern establishments.
Outstanding natural beauty
Discover a fascinating coastline recognised for its geographical, natural and archaeological importance. Travel by car, bike, bus or on foot or take a sightseeing boat trip for an alternative view of this spectacular region. There are many natural beauty spots to be enjoyed around the Bridlington area, such as Danes Dyke, Spurn Point, Flamborough Head and RSPB Bempton Cliffs. Bridlington also has a glorious maritime past, and this facet of the town is celebrated in the Maritime Trail. Pick up a free guide from the Tourist Information Centre and embark on a voyage of discovery through the seafaring past.
Sea battles have been fought off Flamborough Head’s shoreline, notably in 1643 between seven of Queen Henrietta’s Dutch ships and four parliamentarian ships. In 1779, when two British naval ships engaged the American pirate, Commodore John Paul Jones’s fleet for over two hours, they inflicted heavy losses and Jones’s ship, Bonhomme Richard, is believed to have sunk after the battle to the north just off Filey.
The rocky coastline and stormy seas make this part of the East coast perfect for sea canoeing, especially with its many caves which were a haven for smugglers.