The best way to get to know the culture and history of Bridlington's Old Town is to pick up a copy of the Old Town Trail from the Tourist Information Centre. The guide will take you on a journey into the past, with visits to the Old Corn Exchange and Market Place as you retrace the steps of those that have gone before you. Now you have a taste for that history, a visit to The Bayle Museum, located in the Monastic Gatehouse, located in the Monastic Gatehouse, is in order.
Bayle Gate is located on the site of an old priory, and was once one of the wealthiest houses in England. Little remains of the priory, except for the 800 year old gate house which now houses the museum. The Bayle Museum showcases the town's illustrious past with interactive exhibitions and, annually, a display of artefacts based on a theme chosen by the Lords Feoffees. A darker history also lurks within - in the courtroom, a display of 17th- and 18th-century criminal documents tell the story of crimes and misdemeanours.
Built in 1714, Sewerby Hall and Gardens is a Grade I listed country house is set in 50 acres of landscaped gardens in a cliff top location. The magnificent building takes you on a tour of architecture throughout the eras, including the Amy Johnson memorabilia room. These days, the magnificent ground floor Orangery and The Swinton Room provide wonderful settings for concerts & piano recitals, meetings, art workshops and tea dances.
One of the stand out pieces of architecture in and around Bridlington is most definitely the Bridlington 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. On top of this, add in a shop, a coffee machine, a warm welcome and free entry, and I'm sure you will agree that Bridlington Priory is well worth a visit.
A few miles away from the town, Burton Agnes Hall has become famous for its splendid Jacobean gate house with wondrously decorated ceilings and carvings. It’s home to a valuable collection of paintings and impressive gardens which include a maze and giant board games. The nearby Danes Dyke on Flamborough Head, a 2.5-mile (4 km) long man-made dyke, dates back to the Bronze Age. Some writers believe that Bridlington was the site of a Roman station. A Roman road can be traced into the town and Roman coins have been found there.