One of Britain's best-loved seaside towns, Scarborough delivers the quintessential British holiday experience – complete with ice cream cones, donkey rides, sandcastles and, of course, the possibility of rain!
Popular with families due to its many kid-friendly tourist attractions and wealth of holiday parks and well-equipped camp sites, Scarborough is set on the beautiful Yorkshire coast and is surrounded by lush countryside.
Quiet during the colder months of the year, the town is awash with tourists during the summer high season, when the fun parks open and, weather permitting, the beaches are packed Accommodation in Scarborough ranges from cheap and cheerful guest houses to large hotels, with camp sites and holiday chalets great options for holidaymakers looking for on-site entertainment and the opportunity to meet fellow guests.
Public Transport Links
Scarborough railway station links the town with the beautiful old town of York, just 45 minutes away, where there are connections to locations across the UK. It is also within easy reach of the seaside town of Whitby. The town is well-served by local buses and trains and open-topped double decker buses are a fun way to see the best of Scarborough during the summer months. The closest aiport to Scarborough is Durham-Tees Valley, around and an hour and a half from Scarborough by road and also accessible by rail via transfer at York. Leeds Bradford International Aiport is also easily reached from Scarborough, again with a changeover at York for visitors arriving by train.
Things to See and Do
There's no shortage of things to see and do in Scarborough itself and the town is surrounded by beautiful countryside that is perfect for leisurely walks and more energetic rambles. The town is geared towards tourism and there are plenty of attractions to suit visitors of all ages.
Scarborough is split into the South Bay, dominated by the dramatic castle and North Bay, which is home to many of the town's holiday parks, chalets and attractions. One of the biggest family-friendly attractions in the North Bay is the fun and eductional Scarborough Sea Life Centre and Marine Sanctuary. The centre not only allows visitors to get up close to the wonderful creatures of the deep, it also serves as a rescue centre for seals, with injured or orphaned creatures taken in, treated, rehabilitated and eventually re-released into the wild. The North Bay is also where visitors will find the fun Miniature Railway, which takes in wonderful seaside views. The pleasant Peasholme Park is a nice spot for a picnic and it's possible to take boat trips along the waters of the park. Many holiday parks have their own sports and leisure facilities and there are swimming pools, amusement parks, leisure centres and cinemas in the town. The beach is the place to head for on sunny days and the rock pools are great fun to explore. There are several theatres in Scarborough, the largest of which is the Stephen Joseph Theatre, whose former artistic director was none other than the well-known British playwright Alan Ayckbourn.
Drinking and Dining
Don't miss the opportunity to eat a portion of fish and chips – liberally doused in salt and vinegar – whilst walking along the promenade in Scarborough. There are plenty of fish and chip shops and traditional tea rooms in Scarborough, along with scores of more formal restaurants offering everything from Indian to Italian dishes. Many pubs and bars (and there are lots in Scarborough) also serve food and there are plenty of places to buy an ice cream on a hot day. Nightlife ranges from traditional pubs to chain bars and there are also a few nightclubs in Scarborough. Popular with the hen night/stag night crowd, some of the chain bars can feel a little rowdy at weekends.
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