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“Interesting 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.
Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is a bit of a mix and match museum in a fascinating historical bouilding.. None the worse for that. I would have liked to have seen more on the lives of the ordinary people of Bridlington and such aspects of social history.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Whether a visitor to Bridlington or a resident a visit to the Bayle Museum is a must. It is absolutely fascinating with informative and historical attractions for all ages although the steep steps access to some areas could be a problem for some people.

Thank Sheelagh M
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The Bayle opened specially for our group as it was out of season (October). Our lady guide was very knowledgeable and gave us plenty of time to look at the exhibits. A new staircase has partly overcome the difficulty people may have had with the spiral staircase.

Thank John M
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

plenty to see and read and was good to get to know more about Bridlington.Things to do for the kids and discover, my 9 year old Grandaughter loves it.

Thank madrednige
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

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.

2  Thank Helen J
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henrietta m, Manager at Bayle Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2014

Such a wonderful review! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Bayle Museum.
I have passed on your lovely comments both to the staff and the Lords Feoffees and they would like to thank you for taking the time to write on Tripadvisor and hope that you will visit us again in the future.

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