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“Brilliant piece of Social History” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bayle Museum

Bayle Museum
Baylegate | Old Town, Bridlington YO16 4PZ, England
+44 1262 674308
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Bridlington
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Admission £1 Monday to Friday 11am to 4pm with last admission at 3:30pm Closed for season end of september to Easter ( see website for details. 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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“Brilliant piece of Social History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We visited the Bayle Museum for the princely sum of £1 per adult and free for the kids and my goodness, was it worth it... It's only a small museum sited in the old part of Bridlington Town but there is LOADS crammed into it. From graffiti from soldiers stationed there during the Napoleonic wars to a pair of queen's gloves, a table intricately carved with tiny mice and (my personal favourite) some amazing photographs of Bridlington during Victorian times. The old postcard collection is fab too.

Yes, it's only small, but there is so much history of the town in those photographs alone. The history being presented here concerns saints and queens, but it is also very much concerned with the ordinary people of the town - a rarity sometimes in historic attractions.

For a quid each we spent a good long time going over the exhibits and even the kids enjoyed themselves. Definitely worth a look - as is the old town itself. In a quieter part of Bridlington, this part of town has a more Whitby-ish feel to it and is very interesting with quaint and unusual pubs and shops.

Visited May 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“STEP BACK IN TIME”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Only £1 to enter and plenty to see. This was the main entrance to the Priory. The building has had various uses over the past 800 years.

Visited May 2013
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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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“in the old town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

very interesting place to visit and only £1.00 admission well worth a visit in a nice part of old town near to the priory church

Visited May 2013
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Leeds
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

The Bayle museum is excellent value for money, very informative. You can't get much these days for a quid, I would have been prepared to pay more.

Visited October 2012
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York, United Kingdom
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“Nearly missed this fantastic place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013 via mobile

As I said we very nearly missed this museum. It's so small from the outside but so much bigger once you are inside. I think it was a pound entry fee! We were in there for a good hour or so with lots to see over several floors. We will go back with the grandchildren who will like all the twisty stairs and quirky things to see and touch. It was well presented and very interesting. Not the biggest museum I've been to but one of the best of its kind.
Good easy parking.

Visited March 2013
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