Local landmarks include an Elizabethan manor house, Burton Agnes Hall, and a Norman manor house, Burton Agnes Manor House. Both buildings are English Heritage Grade I listed. The church, dedicated to St Martin, was designated as Grade I listed in 1966.
The civil parish is formed by the village of Burton Agnes and the hamlets of Gransmoor and Thornholme. According to the 2011 UK Census, Burton Agnes parish had a population of 497, an increase of one over the 2001 UK Census figure.
Burton Agnes holds an annual Scarecrow Festival during which the village is decorated scarecrows. The festival began in 2004 and was devised by a group of children to raise money.
Burton Agnes primary school is on Rudston Road, also on which are playing fields, close to the cemetery. The playing fields are the base for football and cricket teams. There is a small bowls field near the football pitch. Bridlington Archery Club also uses the facility.
On 17 September 1947 a truck carrying German prisoners of war was in collision with a train at the Burton Agnes level crossing killing two British and ten German soldiers. On 23 December 2013 a plaque was unveiled at the site of the crash in remembrance those who died.