Bridlington Old Town is a complete contrast to the area around the harbour and along the seafront. Gone are the novelty rock shops and amusement arcades, the crowded shops and the busy streets. Instead, find yourself in a wee haven of narrow Georgian streets and leafy green areas, dominated by the Priory Church and its former gatehouse, now the Bayle Museum. We've been coming to Brid for four years now, as a stop-over between other destinations along the east coast, and have passed the Bayle on several occasions but had never actually been inside until this summer. What an amazing building it is - a veritable Tardis, containing a lot more to see and do than we ever expected. It is essentially a museum of the social history of Brid and the surrounding area, from the middle ages onwards, with a number of interactive games and AV displays that provide something of interest to all ages. As you climb the very narrow spiral staircase it's hard to believe that there's room for more than a few bits and pieces, however more and more rooms open up until you reach the fabulous Court Room that spans the width of the whole building. I'm not going to go into too much detail - it's only £1 for adults and you can't go wrong for that! Suffice to say, the day we went we had less than half an hour before we had to be somewhere else and we're going back next year because we didn't have anywhere near enough time to do the place justice. The space has been utilised extremely well, the exhibits are excellent and, best of all, I now know all about the Lords Feoffees and their ongoing role in the local community! Oh, and the staff are brilliant, friendly and informative. I've paid a lot more for entrance to museums that offer a lot less - excellent value and well worth a visit.
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