"Bridlington - resort with potential" Bridlington by Britannia2

Bridlington Travel Guide: 27 reviews and 53 photos

A slowly changing town

Bridlington was one of England's popular holiday resorts ruined by cheap foreign packages to Spain in the 1960s and is only just slowly recovering in 2011 thanks to some forward thinking people.
Its very much a retirement town ( it is called Leeds on Sea because of all the Leeds people who come to retire here) but very much a day trip town or weekend break town.
Everything is here though - a good beach , a harbour , boats , a reasonable shopping centre and at long last some vision of the future with plans for a marina. The new promenade developments are very good but the town has suffered in the recession and there are more than the average number of boarded up businesses.

Marina development desperately needed

Look at the photos on these pages of the harbour and look how run down it looks. There is certainly a lot of interest in the harbour - there is still a small fishing fleet and assorted boats and yachts but look at the containers and general rubbish in some of the photos! The local council and business leaders have proposed a marina that will improve the harbour area, bring new jobs and attract more visitors but the Harbour Commissioners have blocked the plans.
Without the marina Bridlington will not move forwards but still stay as it is with only minor improvements such as the Spa development.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good beach on the south bay and always interest in the harbour
  • Cons:A day trip town that needs to move upmarket ( and it will)
  • In a nutshell:Desperately needs the marina development now
  • Last visit to Bridlington: Jun 2011
  • Intro Updated Jun 23, 2011
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