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“bayle gate run by a charity”
Review of Bayle Museum

Bayle Museum
Ranked #17 of 55 things to do in Bridlington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm with last admission at 3:30pm FREE on street parking NO DISABLED ACCESS. Entrance to the museum via 2 staircases. A Monastic Gatehouse housing a museum and collection of local artifacts. Description The word Bayle is derived from the French Baille meaning 'enclosure' or 'ward'. Recent archaeological surveys of the Bayle have concluded that a large proportion of the building dates to the late 12th Century. The initial use is thought to have been a gatehouse to a castle built by William le Gros after he took control of the Bridlington Priory in 1143. In the 14th Century the Bayle was the Gatehouse to the Bridlington Priory, a porter lived inside the Bayle and monitored the comings and goings of the Priory. An Almoner also lived in the Bayle and distributed food and ale to the poor of Bridlington. Since the dissolution of the Bridlington Priory the Bayle has been used for many different purposes including a Prison, Court, School, Garrison, Non-conformist meeting place, Town Hall and meeting room for the Lords Feoffees. Today the Bayle is a Grade I listed Building and scheduled Ancient Monument, which makes it of great interest historically and architecturally.
Reviewed 27 December 2013

just wanted to let Kay J know that Bridlington Town Council have nothing to do with the running of the Bayle Gate Museum. It is run by a charity The Lord Feoffes and the museum is run by volunteers.It is very well worth a visit when it is open.

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Reviewed 26 September 2013

We probably wouldn't have known about this place if it hadn't been for TripAdvisor. It's in the Old Town and away from the main tourist area so easy to miss but I'm glad we made the effort to go. It's a hidden gem. The museum itself, although small, seemed much bigger. It was well-presented and informative with plenty of interactive things for kids to do. The entry fee and price of the colour guidebook was extremely reasonable and encouraged me to leave a donation and spend money in the little gift shop. It was an all-round good experience and when the pleasant lady at the entrance/shop asked me what my favourite bit was, I said without having to think, "The monk on the loo!"

1  Thank Squatbetty
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

If you are going by foot from North Shore side it is a bit of a walk and not very clearly marked, but once you get there it's worth it. Took 2 children aged 7 and 13, both played with the interactive buttons and little one did the quiz on way round, which made it more interesting for her as she had to read and look for things. Nice little shop at the end and a very cheap entrance fee.

1  Thank Cooling4
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

this is a very interesting museum and well worth a visit loads of things to see entry so cheap only £1 should be more

Thank dancer1007
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Reviewed 10 September 2013 via mobile

What can you do on a rainy day in Bridlington. My answer to this is to visit the Bayle museum. It punches well above its weight. What on the face of it seems to be a short visit ended up as a thoroughly enjoyable hour and a half. Extremely well laid out with a great variety of exhibits the entrance fee of a pound is probably the best value I have ever had in a museum. Don't just leave it for a rainy day if you are in the area this is a must see.

Thank xygo
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