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Bayle Museum

Bayle Museum


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 of the building is unclear although there is a possibility it may have been a gatehouse to a castle built by William le Gros after he took control of Bridlington Priory in 1143.

In the 14th Century the Bayle was the Gatehouse to 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 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.

Gift shopWelcome Host

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

Open from April to September
Monday to Friday, 11:00 to 16:00.


Adults: £1.00
Children (Under 15 years): Free (must be accompanied by an adult)


Bayle Gate,
Bridlington Old Town,
YO16 4PZ



See location of Bayle Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 172678  Lat: 54.09343 Long: -0.20826

By Road:
From Bayle Museum the nearest major road is the A165.

By Public Transport:
From Rail: Bridlington station it is 15 minutes walk to Bayle Museum.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Bridlington station


  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed