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B&B in Scarborough
Scarborough holds the enviable title of the oldest resort in the UK. Holidaymakers have been heading there since the 17th century, when springs were first discovered along the coastline and in the Yorkshire Dales. All the trappings of a typical British seaside town are still found near the Scarborough bed and breakfasts – a long stretch of sandy beach backed by a deckchair-littered promenade, retro amusement arcades and ice cream munching visitors. Don't worry, there's more than just newspaper-wrapped fish and chips and sticks of candy rock eaten on the windy beach. Today, Scarborough is reinventing itself, with creative new arts spaces, redeveloped entertainment centres and a new water park, built in 2016 – not to mention a bunch of waterfront seafood restaurants, where platters of freshly caught seafood can be devoured, accompanied by views of yachts bobbing in the harbour.
Look out over the ocean and lapping waves from the guestroom window of your B&B, Scarborough
B&Bs are synonymous with seaside resorts and Scarborough is no exception. Gone are the days or drab properties with dismal breakfasts. Today, the family-run bed and breakfasts in Scarborough offer some serious comfort, rivalling any of the city's hotels, while still offering a personal touch. Some are elegant Victorian properties, with period features and just a smattering of guestrooms. Others are boutique properties, with luxurious furnishings and panoramic views from the guestrooms overlooking the sea and harbour.
The town has always been a family-friendly place, so it'll come as no surprise that many of the Scarborough bed and breakfasts have dedicated facilities for young ones, including playrooms, retro arcade machines and table tennis. If you pick right, you can score a family room or even nab a studio with kitchenette. There are certain facilities you can expect in all the seaside boltholes, like free WiFi, in-room tea-making amenities and private ensuite bathrooms. Bringing your furry friend? Many are pet-friendly, so your dog can also enjoy a little holiday by the sea. A slap-up breakfast is the norm, traditional afternoon tea is common, and if your energy's been sapped by a day at the beach, most provide evening meals, if you fancy a night in. After you're done with seaside fun, you can look to the rich history of the city of York, just a train ride away.
Beach-time fun, medieval castles and Japanese gardens, near your B&B, Scarborough
While the beach sure is tempting during the sunny summers, don't discount the other things to do near your Scarborough bed and breakfast. A good starting point is the expansive grounds, dramatic history and inspiring views over the ocean from the medieval Scarborough Castle. If you visit at the right time, you might even catch one of the live gigs or events hosted at the ancient stronghold. You might not expect to find a little slice of Japan in this northern seaside resort, but the Peasholm Park's landscaped gardens come complete with pretty Japanese statues and pagodas. Train buffs won't want to miss a ride on the North Bay Railway, a miniature train built in the early 1930s, while culture vultures should score tickets for the Scarborough Art Gallery, whose rotating exhibits and collections are housed in an Italianate-style villa. If you like all things vintage or you're bringing the young ones, the Scarborough Fair Collection has an impressive number of steam-powered Victorian fairground rides. Fancy your chances? You can have a flutter on the one-armed slots or table games at the Opera House Casino. You never know, you might even be able to pay for your Scarborough bed and breakfast with a roll of the dice.