YorkshireNet Guide to Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast

Yorkshire’s traditional seaside resort and conference centre

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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
  • Little Pastures B&B

    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.

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    Activities and Adventure

  • Alpamare Scarborough

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • North Bay Railway

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Scarborough Sealife Centre

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • The Scarborough Fair Collection

    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 Website Map Where to Stay

    Agricultural Shows

  • Malton Show

    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 Website Map Where to Stay

    Castles, Gardens and Stately Homes

  • Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall

    Take a picturesque walk through a woodland tea garden and see a 30foot Falling Foss Waterfall in Whitby, North York Moors. Open from the Easter holidays to the end of September.

    Falling Foss Tea Garden and Waterfall   Website Map Where to Stay
  • Rievaulx Terrace

    The National Trust owns this abbey ruin, located in the North York Moors National Park, in the market town of Helmsley. At either end of the terrace stand two mid 18th century small Palladian temples, the Tuscan Temple and the Ionic Temple. The temples are open 10am – 4pm, 7 days a week until the 4th November.

    Rievaulx Terrace Website Map Where to Stay
  • South Cliff Italian Gardens

    Beautiful gardens, with a pond and statues with stunning views of South Bay and the old town of Scarborough. They gardens were laid out in the early 20th Century by Harry W. Smith. They are featured in the ITV drama series of The Royal, a spin off of Heartbeat.

    South Cliff Italian Gardens Website Map Where to Stay
  • Whitby Abbey

    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 Website Map Where to Stay

    Food, Drink and Craft Visits

  • The Stained Glass Centre

    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 Website Map Where to Stay

    Museums

  • Captain Cook Memorial Museum

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • RNLI Whitby Museum

    Lifeboat museum with models, relics and a gift shop. This Victorian double boathouse celebrates Whitby's lifeboat history. Admission is free to public or pre-book for groups. Check website for opening times.

    RNLI Whitby Museum Website Map Where to Stay
  • Robin Hood's Bay + Fylingdales Museum

    This museum, solely run by volunteers, houses fascinating collections and displays from the local area of Whitby. Admission is free (donations welcome) Open from February to September, check website for opening times.

    Robin Hood's Bay + Fylingdales Museum Website Map Where to Stay
  • Whitby Museum

    Their independent Victorian museum has local fossils, natural history, model ships, carved jet, toys, costumes and social history. Situated in the beautiful gardens of Pannett Park. Open 9.30am – 4.30pm except Mondays (but open Bank Holidays)

    Whitby Museum Website Map Where to Stay

    Visitor Farms, Wildlife, Walks and Trails

  • Pannett Park

    In the centre of Whitby, this beautifully maintained park has a sunken pond and themed gardens. There has been regeneration to Pannett Park through Lottery funds, creating a fun, family friendly place for all ages. The Friends of Pannett Park hold regular events and activities.

    Pannett Park Website Map Where to Stay
  • Peasholm Park

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
  • Playdale Farm Park

    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 Website Map Where to Stay
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