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“Excellent museum”
Review of Bayle Museum

Bayle Museum
Ranked #19 of 52 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.
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent museum”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Looks small on the outside but this museum is like a tardis! quality exhibition displays throughout especially the two interactive panels for identifying solidiers uniforms (You stupid boy!) and the different types of monks! Interesting for both children and parents, we have visited other museums which have had many ££££'s from lottery funds but this humble museum that charges £1 entrance is a jewel. Well done to the Feoffoee trust.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank CAFH
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“This Place Deserves more visitors!!”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

On a visit to Bridlington we were looking for something to do away from the beach so went up to the Old Town. We parked directly outside the Bayle Museum in an area that was Free parking and decided we would have a look round.
The admission fee was only £1 each and so we weren't expecting too much but were absolutely amazed at how big the place was on the inside and how many things they had. The exhibits were well laid out and extremely easy to read and we thoroughly enjoyed the Toy Exhibition which brought back some happy memories.
A big thank you to the staff also, we met a lovely lady at the entrance who mentioned that the access was all stairs and offered to let us see if we could manage it first and pay at the end if we could and we also met a young lady upstairs who was more than happy to chat about the objects in the museum and tell us some things not on the information panels. They had a little shop at the end that had some fun things including some of the old toys to buy and the souvenir guide was only 50p.
My wife and I ,both seniors, spent a good 3 hours in here before going next door to the pub for lunch which was also very good. Its a shame that there wasn't many more people visiting this place as it really is not to be missed if you are in Bridlington.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Trevor G
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Every Town Should Have One”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

This place is like the Tardis, we went expecting to spend an hour or so, we were there for nearly 3 hours and probably missed a lot. The military room was very good, many service medals have been donated by families of servicemen and it was quite moving to think how kind it was of them to give these prized items for the education of their community. Every town should have a place like this. Access may be difficult for some via the stone spiral staircase but if you are reasonably mobile it shouldn't be a problem. Admission is only £1 and the little shop at the end of the tour has more interesting items.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Ismayd
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East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“bayle gate run by a charity”
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.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank oldhippychick
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Bingley, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
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!"

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Squatbetty
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