Bridlington is situated in East Riding, Yorkshire and overlooks the North Sea. It began as a fishing port before becoming a popular seaside resort during the 19th century, thanks to the development of its quay. The town lies to the south of Scarborough
and boasts two award-winning beaches as well as a picturesque promenade.
- Beside the Seaside celebrates the town's history as a popular resort with Punch and Judy shows, reconstructions and models of famous entertainers who performed in Bridlington as well as a switchback railway. For a taste of life before the advent of tourism, try the Bridlington Heritage Museum. It features a life-size exhibit of a sailing Coble, an art gallery and video presentations.
Old Penny Memories is also worth visiting and exhibits the largest collection of antique slot machines in England. Many remain operational and can be played by visitors. Bridlington Leisure World
offers a more active day out and features three swimming pools, a variety of slides and a bowling alley. There's also a selection of health suites and gym.
Bridlington's South Beach, a Blue Flag Award
winner, features traditional seaside activities and a selection of restaurants. To the North, lies the picturesque Flamborough Headland, while further South, the golden beach stretches to the Spurn Point which lies at the mouth of the River Humber.
Food and drink
- The Naked Fish Restaurant
, situated on Bridge Street, has attracted rave reviews for its outstanding seafood. It uses only locally caught fish, for its vibrant, seasonal menu. The service is also friendly and the staff welcoming. For a taste of the Oriental, try Supattra Restaurant, which specialises in authentic Thai cuisine and has an extensive wine list.
Bridlington has a number of good pubs. The Black Lion
on the High Street, dates back to the 1700s and features a spacious outside area and restaurant. For a range of cask beers, visit The Marine Bar on North Parade. It has a large, open-plan bar and is renowned for its Haddock and Chips. The Old Ship is also noteworthy and serves ales such as Bass Red Triangle and Old Speckled Hen.