YorkshireNet Guide to Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast

Yorkshire’s traditional seaside resort and conference centre


Since the 17th century Scarborough has been catering for family visitors to the Yorkshire Coast.

Its sandy North Beach has been awarded a Blue Flag award for high environmental standards and safety facilities, whilst the golden South Beach attracts visitors with its backdrop of shops, entertainment venues and amusements.

Between the town’s two beaches is the Scarborough fishing harbour, bustling with boating activity. Above it on the headland is Scarborough Castle, now maintained by English Heritage.

During Victorian times Scarborough became a favoured resort, leading to the creation of superb parks and gardens, the Esplanade and the Spa complex. The cliff lift was built for easy access from beach to town, and the shopping centre developed to meet the demand.

Scarborough has all the attractions of the traditional English seaside - donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows, amusements, the Sea Life Marine Sanctuary, and evening theatre events with leading entertainers and comedies at Scarborough Spa, home of the unique Spa Orchestra. The famous Stephen Joseph Theatre is noted for its Alan Ayckbourn premieres.

The Scarborough area hosts many attractions - visit villages, museums and heritage centres along the Yorkshire Coast and inland in the North York Moors.

For those seeking an active holiday there is sailing, surfing, river or sea fishing, even llama trekking.

Various Festivals are held throughout the year, including the Scarborough Cricket Festival and the national Student Drama Festival. Motor cycle racing is held at Oliver’s Mount.

Scarborough Castle Scarborough's beach
Scarborough, Yorkshire Coast
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Situated on the outskirts of Scarborough, Irton Manor is the perfect country house rental, with 6 spacious bedrooms. The property is very convenient to the town, beaches and moors with heated indoor swimming pool, golf, tennis, woodland walks, riding and more all on the estate to enjoy.

Irton Manor Cottage
Cloughton near Scarborough, Yorkshire Coast
2 Rooms

Little Pastures a smallholding set in 8 acres of lovely North Moors National Park with panoramic sea views such as the view shown. It is ideally situated for walking, cycling and close to the A171 for visiting the resorts, attractions and villages of the Yorkshire Coast an North York Moors.

Little Pastures B&B Bed and Breakfast
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Located on Scarborough's North Bay, within 3 iconic triangular buildings, SEA LIFE Scarborough offers a unique mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits and over 50 displays of marine life including seals, otters and penguins. Enjoy a hands-on rockpool experience and learn some amazing facts about underwater creatures.

Sealife Centre
Malton, North Yorkshire

Agricultural attractions, farm exhibits and class entries, as well as a few other things to appeal to everyone. Held in Scampston Park, Malton, North Yorkshire, between York and Scarborough in early July

Malton Show
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Scarborough has a 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline. This royal stronghold has seen more than its fair share of conflict and sieges. Find out more of its fascinating history plus tea in the Master Gunner's House for a great family day out.

Scarborough Castle
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Winner of the Gold Award 2013 for the best small visitor attraction in Visit England's Awards, this 17th Century house belonged to Cook's master, John Walker, and is where the young Cook and his fellow apprentices lodged. The house is now a museum celebrating Cook's years in Whitby and later career.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum
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