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
Cloughton near Scarborough, Yorkshire Coast
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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

Alpamare is an amazing water park, like no other in the UK. With a wide selection of slides and pools. There is the enormous wave pool, the splash and play pool, the 35°C outdoor pool and the Infinity pool filled with iodine water a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the bay.

Alpamare Scarborough
Scarborough, Yorkshire

The North Bay Railway has been operating trains since 1931 and is one of the most historic seaside miniature railway in the United Kingdom. Offering a wide range of attractions including the Sky Trail, Boating Lake and Historic Water Chute.

North Bay Railway
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.

Scarborough Sealife Centre
Scarborough, Yorkshire

The Scarborough Fair Collection hosts a magnificent working collection of Vintage Cars, Steam Engines, Vintage Fairground Rides and Mechanical Organs topped off with a ‘Mighty' Wurlitzer Organ in our spacious ballroom.

The Scarborough Fair Collection
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

This art gallery is housed in a Grade 2 listed building, heritage sites of historical importance, in the town centre of Scarborough.

Scarborough Art Gallery
Whitby, North Yorkshire

Take a picturesque walk through a woodland tea garden and see a 30foot Falling Foss Waterfall in Whitby, North York Moors.

Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall
Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Rievaulx Terrace, Ryedale's 18th Century landscape, looking down at stunning views looking down onto the Cistercian ruin of Rievaulx Abbey located in the North York Moors National Park.

Rievaulx Terrace
Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Beautiful gardens, with a pond and statues with stunning vies of South Bay and the old town of Scarborough.

South Cliff Italian Gardens
Whitby, North Yorkshire

Whitby Abbey is a Benedictine Abbey which was previously a 7th Century Christian monastery. This English Heritage site hosts a Mansion Visitor Centre and holds various interesting events.

Whitby Abbey
Scarborough, Yorkshire

Learn about the 1000 year history of Stained Glass and the traditional production methods still used today. Browse in the showrooms, full of stained glass panels, lampshades, mirrors and gifts. Or take one of the Glass Craft classes.

The Stained Glass Centre
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
Whitby, North Yorkshire

Lifeboat museum with models, relics and a gift shop.

RNLI Whitby Museum
Whitby, North Yorkshire

This free museum houses fascinating collections and displays from the local area of Whitby.

Robin Hood's Bay + Fylingdales Museum
Whitby, North Yorkshire

This museum can be found in beautiful gardens, with lots of local artefacts.

Whitby Museum
Whitby, North Yorkshire

Park in Whitby with sunken pond and themed gardens

Pannett Park
Scarborough, Yorkshire

This historic and uniquely beautiful park is one of the UK's top parks. Peasholm Park has a tranquil lake and in the summer months people can hire boats of all sorts to enjoy the water. The park has been designed with an oriental theme and there is much evidence of this as you wander through its pathways.

Peasholm Park
Scarborough, Yorkshire

Playdale Farm Park is situated near Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast on the outskirts of the village of Cayton. Keep the children entertained with the huge indoor play area, tractor zone, adventure trail and the Animal Barn and Interactive Paddocks which allow the children can see animals in a natural farm environment.

Playdale Farm Park
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