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The history, culture and fame of Bridlington

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A coastal town within the county of East Yorkshire, Bridlington is home to many alluring tourists spots and is a popular spot to visit during the summer months, but wouldn’t you like to know a little more about the town before you visit our Bridlington holiday cottages and explore the area?

There are a whole host of fun and exciting facts about Bridlington’s history, culture and even a local boy who found fame. So, let’s start at the beginning.


It may come as a surprise but the quaint little town is steeped in mystery, as no one really knows for sure when or how or why the town began. Although the first actual mention of the town dates it to the Norman Conquest, Roman coins have been found within the town’s borders, as well as evidence of a Roman road to York and a man-made dyke (named Danes Dyke) dating back to the Bronze Age.

Bridlington Priory

A Grade I listed building, the Priory Church of St. Mary dates back to the 1100s with most of the current building having been rebuilt in 1846 after all but the nave was destroyed 300 years prior. A beautiful building visited by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in 2013 to celebrate 900 years of the priory. A wonderfully beautiful building steeped in history, and a great place to visit during Bridlington holidays.

Entertainment – the Bridlington Spa.

Bridlington was once so much more than just a small, coastal port town, all thanks to Bridlington Spa. Opened originally in 1896, the Bridlington Spa was a renowned dance venue, making the town a nationally famous and revered entertainment hub. With famous faces such as Neil Morrisey, the Kaiser Chiefs, The Script and David Bowie performing there and a full restoration taking the Spa back to its glory days, It’s still the pride of Bridlington today.

Stranger Things have happened in Bridlington

The phenomenal Netflix Original series Stranger Things has taken the country by storm, and Charlie Heaton, the actor who plays Jonathan Byers in the series was born and bred in Bridlington!

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