You probably know that a Bridlington holiday is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy spectacular scenery and explore nature, but did you know that it also offers a fascinating glimpse into the past?
To travel back in time to the Bronze Age, a visit to Dane’s Dyke during your Bridlington holiday is well worth it. Many visitors do not realise that the Dyke was man-made. Stretching for 4km, the Dyke, which may have been a Roman landing site, was probably created to make the land more easily defendable. Even the car park at Dane’s Dyke holds some historical interest. It was once the site of a grand Victorian house, built in 1873. If you look carefully at the trees surrounding the car park, you may spot several exotic species, such as monkey puzzle, which were once a part of the magnificent gardens.
Flamborough Head, where Dane’s Dyke is located, was also the site of a naval battle in the American Revolutionary War. The battle of Flamborough Head is commemorated in another of Bridlington’s must-see historical sites, Flamborough Head Lighthouse. Built in 1806, the lighthouse is a wonderfully preserved piece of history. If you’re feeling really energetic, you can take the 119 steps to the very top and be rewarded with magnificent views. Bridlington Priory Church is another lovely building full of history. You can see parts of the building dating back to the 12th century, as well as the more recent Victorian additions.
To get a sense of how Bridlington has changed through time, a visit to the harbour is a must. Established in 1697, the original harbour was wooden, but was replaced in 1837 with a stone harbour. Watching the bustle of the fishing boats and enjoying the many fascinating shops and places to eat is a great way to spend a day on your holiday in Bridlington.
For a peaceful and comfortable base while you explore historic Bridlington, stay in Bridlington Holiday Cottages. Perfectly placed just two miles out of Bridlington, the modern and well-equipped cottages are set in a small and restful holiday park. These holiday cottages in Bridlington provide the perfect place to relax after a day spent exploring history.