Scarborough is one of England's oldest and finest seaside resorts. With a history spanning over a thousand years and surrounded by stunning scenery, Scarborough is the undisputed 'queen of the Yorkshire coast' with a host of attractions to suit everyone.
The town stands between two splendid bays and is overlooked by a magnificient rugged headland, which is crowned by a medieval castle. Stroll along the town's majestic Victorian promenade and wander around its shopping centres, antiques stalls, restaurants and cafés. Discover its formal gardens, regarded to be amongst the best in the country. Visit its wealth of attractions from the Stephen Joseph Theatre and Eden Camp to the Rotunda Museum and delightful South Bay Marina.
The town has uniquely beautiful and intriguing surroundings. Explore the rugged Yorkshire coastline or search the vast north Yorkshire Moors. Travel north to the whaling port of Whitby, with its imposing ruined monastery and well known as a setting for Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', or head south to the lively fishing port of Bridlington, with its beautiful Augustinian priory and fabulous beaches.
offers a wide range of shopping, from fine glass and old-fashioned doll's houses to upmarket boutiques and High Street favourites. The centrally situated Brunswick Shopping Centre has a great selection of well-known names all under one roof. Bar Street, a charming cobbled area just off the main street is traffic-free and offers a selection of smaller shops, each as individual as the last. Scarborough also boasts an enviable range of restaurants, offering everything from international cuisine to traditional fish and chips.
Beach & Gardens
Scarborough offers two sheltered bays of golden sand which are ideal for bathing. Scarborough is also a premier floral resort with a number of stunning gardens, in particular those at South Cliff and the oriental-themed Peasholm Park.
Activities and Attractions
Tourist Information Tel:01723 383636
Scarborough Castle In a prominent headland position overlooking the town, the castle has witnessed over 2,500 years of history and there is an exhibition which features intriguing artefacts from Scarborough's past.
Eden Camp Tel:01653 697777
A unique modern history theme museum, built on the site of an original prisoner of war camp. The museum uses re-created scenes, sounds and smells to transport visitors back to the days of the second world war.
Sea Life Centre and Marine Sanctuary A unique insight into the habitat of a myriad of marine creatures.
Futurist Theatre & Cinema Tel:01723 374500/365789
Presents regular summer shows, musicals and plays and shows the latest releases in the cinema.
Scarborough Bowls Centre Tel:01723 353992
Overlooking the picturesque North Bay, with facilities for all levels of ability.
Stephen Joseph Theatre Tel:01723 370541
The first theatre 'in the round' in the country, established in 1955, also boasts a cinema, shop and restaurant facilities.
The Grainary Tel:01723 870026
The farm offers a range of walks and nature trails suitable for all levels of ability. There is also a tearoom offering beautiful countryside views and a plant centre.
Market Hall & Vaults
A traditional market hall selling all manner of goods. Below the main market is the Vaults Shopping Centre, a labrynth of shops selling antiques, gifts, arts & crafts and much more.
North Bay Miniature Railway Tel:01723 373333
The railway runs for approximately 1.2kms (3/4 mile) between Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills in the North Bay area of the town.
Scarborough Jazz Festival Held in September, the festival offers a weekend of performances from regional and national artists.
Scarborough Seafest This annual festival celebrates the region's maritime and fishing connections and features a range of activities, as well as a magnificent fireworks display.
Scarborough Fair In September a number of events are held to mark the original Scarborough Fair which started in the 12th century.
Scarborough Ghost Walks take place each Thursday evening from Easter to Halloween. Participants can learn about the intriguing, and sometimes gruesome history of some of the town's historic sites.
NYMR Spring Gala is a special 10 day event held in April/May 2011 to mark the 175th anniversary of the railway. A cavalcade of of historic steam engines will operate along the line to mark the opening of the Whitby-Pickering line.
Filey Folk Festival takes place in April/May and includes performances by local and international artists.
Scalby Fair takes place in June and features such events as Treasure Hunt, barbecue, fun runs and musical entertainment.
Bram Stoker International Film Festival takes place in Whitby in October. The festival is a celebration of the sci-fi/horror movie genre.
Whitby Regatta takes place in August and offers a three day programme of events ending with a spectacular fireworks display.
For more local events in and around Scarborough see:
Places of Interest
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Whitby is a town of quaint streets and fine beaches set beneath towering cliffs, home to ancient abbey ruins and inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Filey is an Edwardian seaside town which is home to monastic ruins and a five-mile stretch of award winning beach.
Bridlington has a modern promenade with wide, flat walkways leading down to its sandy beach. The 12th century Priory Church was originally part of one of England's leading monasteries and the surviving nave is now the parish church, which contains a wealth of historic features, including a tapestry depicting 900 years of history.
Beverley is a medieval market town with an imposing Gothic Minster church. The town also boasts more than 40 pubs, including one of the last public houses in the world to use authentic gas lighting.
Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in England and is home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. The castle has been used for a number of big screen productions, including scenes from 'Harry Potter' and 'Elizabeth'.
Castle Howard is one of the finest historic houses in Britain, with extensive collections of fine furniture and art and breathtakingly beautiful gardens. It also provided the grand setting for the TV classic 'Brideshead Revisited'.
York has been the spiritual capital of the north for 2,000 years and is home to countless visitor attractions. The Jorvik Centre, National Railway Museum, Roman Walls, splendid shops and of course, the famous Minster are just a few of the highlights of this beautiful historic city.
Pickering is one of the oldest towns in the region, with evidence of human occupation dating back to the Stone Age. Attractions include the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway (the longest steam railway in England) and the Beck Isle Museum, which has a unique collection of black and white photographs and displays of rural life.
Malton has been the historic centre of Ryedale since Roman times. The town consists of two parts - Old Malton with its ancient stone houses and St Mary's Priory and the new town which grew around the Norman castle, with its abundance of shops and weekly market, which has been held here for centuries.