The real star of the 2016 Dad's Army film, Bridlington Old Town is a charming pocket of Yorkshire - full, on the one hand of fascinating architecture and cultural history and other the other with new, modern shops and stylish galleries. It is well worth taking the time to visit.
There is plenty of options when planning a visit to Bridlington Old Town. With a wide choice, visitors can opt to stay in the Old Town, on the traditional seafront or in nearby villages and countryside.
Alternatively you can stay at High Barn Cottages, located just outside of the Old Town in Sewerby. The five luxury holiday cottages at High Barn offer the promise of an ideal self-catering cottage holiday in Yorkshire.
Bridlington Dickensian Festival -Each year the Dickensian Festival takes place in Bridlington's Old Town. The streets will be filled with stalls and amusements of all kinds - including many offering food and craft gifts - and there will be performers and musicians. Many of the Old Town shopkeepers, stall holders and residents will be in Victorian dress and everyone is invited to join them in their own Dickensian outfits!
The people of Bridlington Old Town are spoilt by an array of fantastic eateries - ranging from places to stop by for a snack, take-away food options and full-blown meals in restaurants.
One popular place in the Old Town is The Lamp Restaurant, located in a grade II listed Victorian building, the restaurant takes it's name from the original Victorian gas lamp that is situated in the rear courtyard, an area that is ideal for al fresco dining in the warmer summer months.
It's fair to say the Old Town is a unique shopping experience. The key to this is, unlike the majority of Britain's high streets, the Old Town has kept it's personality and has succeeded in not succumbing to the endless chain store options. As such, the High Street is a delightful mix of places to shop, places to eat and places to wander. For those in need of a little retail therapy there is plenty on offer including antique shops and fashion shops.
The Old Town has two main festivals throughout the year, the Summer and the Winter Festivals, and both give visitors the opportunity to explore the Old Town and experience a good old-fashioned, thriving Market Place. The summer festival provides a wealth of concerts, exhibitions and events to suit all. The Christmas festival provides a wonderful Dickensian feel to the Old Town area and is well worth taking time out to experience.
Artists have also taken up residence in this picturesque quarter and there are several galleries and studios that will appeal to your creative side. Exhibitions range from works by local artists to world-renown ones like Matisse. Situated in the market place of the Old Town area of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, Gallery Forty-Nine occupies two floors of a Georgian listed building and has four exhibition spaces with an exciting range of paintings, sculpture, jewellery and ceramics by contemporary British artists. Here you will regularly see displays of original work by Yorkshire-based artists Sharon Winter, Claire West, Giuliana Lazzerini, Lynne Roebuck, Barry Carter and Shirley Vauvelle.
It's fair to say that Bridlington Old Town is a relatively quiet place due to the fact that a lot of tourists who visit Bridlington are unaware that this part of the town exists. However, the Old Town really is a must visit for anyone keen on history as it is steeped in Medieval charm which can be seen just by rambling through the streets and alleyways.
The stand out piece of architecture however is most definitely the Priory Church. Dating from 1113 AD, the Bridlington Priory Church was originally part of one of England's leading monasteries. The surviving nave of the church is now a thriving parish church with a wealth of historic features.
Also worth a visit, and very nearby the Priory Church is Bayle Museum. Bayle Museum was once the entrance to Bridlington Priory and is a Grade I Listed Building and Scheduled Ancient Monument which makes it of great interest historically and architecturally. The museum incorporates collections with interactive games, listening posts, CD - ROMs, and life-size figures to interpret the social history of Bridlington. Amongst the many treasures within the museum are medieval manuscripts and Queen Henrietta Maria's gloves from 1642.
Just 30 minutes down the road is Sledmere House, a Grade I listed Georgian country house that has has captivated visitors for over 200 years, this very special place brings new devotees every year.
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