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ScarboroughUnited Kingdom

Gaze up at the iconic limestone cliffs rising from the North Sea in this lively town with a history of explorers.

Scarborough is a coastal town full of traditions, family activities and historic landmarks. It has pleasant beaches with amusement arcades and pubs that attract visitors during summer. Learn about the apprenticeship of one of Europe’s foremost explorers in this port commune.

Among the town’s most historic attractions is the North Bay Railway, which has been running for almost a century. Take the kids on a ride on the miniature railway and learn to control the train yourself. Discover the complex’s range of fun activities, allowing you to walk on water in a hamster ball and balance as you cross elevated ropes and beams.

Rent a boat for a serene trip around the lake in Peasholm Park. It features a hilltop pagoda on an island in the lake. Gather around the lake for a concert or naval warfare battle.

Several beaches surround the town; the main two are North Bay Beach and South Bay Beach. Relish the tranquility around the wild terrain of North Bay. Near South Bay, visit the pubs, bars and boutiques facing the sea.

Spend hours looking around the fascinating exhibits in the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. Learn about James Cook and his adventures into a world unknown to Europeans. The museum is based in the house where he served as an apprentice.

Try local specialties, such as fish and chips and other seafood at a restaurant overlooking the town’s limestone cliffs and the North Sea. The locals are known as Scarborians. Enjoy the warm summers with a trip to the beach. Wrap up warm in the windy winter.

The town in Yorkshire County is on the North Sea coast in northeastern England. It is near the cities of York, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Hull. Drive north for 4 or 5 hours from London to reach the coastal town.

Scarborough is a place of thrilling family adventure based around the traditions of the seafaring explorers from the past.

Where to stay in Scarborough

Scarborough which includes a luxury hotel or resort and a coastal town

Scarborough City Centre

4/5Very Good!(184 area reviews)

Scarborough City Centre is a destination visitors seek out for its beaches, lively bars and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like South Bay Beach or Mecca Bingo while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Scarborough City Centre

Top hotels in Scarborough

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
3 out of 5
St. Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
The price is £35 per night

Located in Scarborough City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park ...

2.7/5 (973 reviews)

"Lots of very noisy seagulls nesting. Fire alarm goes off lots after midnight. Room was clean good price"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2020

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
Ambassador Hotel
Ambassador Hotel
3 out of 5
36-38 Esplanade, Scarborough, England
The price is £69 per night

Located in Scarborough, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of South Cliff Italian Gardens and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough ...

3.6/5Good! (648 reviews)

"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, bed really comfortable and had a eonderful nights sleep. Not all amenities available due to the pandemic, but hey, we were greatful to get away at all and found the rules and/or restrictions pretty well organised."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2020

Ambassador Hotel
Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
The Esplanade, Scarborough, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £73 per night

Situated on the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spa Cliff Lift and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (655 reviews)

"An absolute first rate hotel. Excellent throughout from the minute you walk through the door."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Scarborough

Scarborough Open Air Theatre
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Scarborough Open Air Theatre

4.5/5(73 reviews)

Watch productions and performances by world-famous music acts at one of the largest outdoor theaters in Europe, a venue with a stage in an unusual setting. 

Scarborough Spa
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Scarborough Spa

4/5(119 reviews)

Stroll through the majestic rooms of this Victorian venue for dances and orchestras and learn about its origins as a spa in the 1600s.

Peasholm Park
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Peasholm Park

4.5/5(238 reviews)

Ascend to the top of the island pagoda for excellent views of a park full of attractions and nature paths.

North Bay Beach
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North Bay Beach

4.5/5(211 reviews)

Enjoy the tranquil setting of this spacious sandy haven flanked by a miniature railway and an aquarium with Humboldt penguins.

alpamare
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alpamare

Ride thrilling waterslides, swim in rolling waves, relax in an infinity pool and stroll around a scenic garden at this alpine-themed amusement park. 

South Bay Beach
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South Bay Beach

4/5(199 reviews)

Marvel at the dynamic setting of this traditional British coastal resort, where you will find arcade games, a harbor and boutiques.

Reviews of Scarborough

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.78283712784589%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 41.85639229422067%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 11.38353765323993%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.4518388791593697%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.5253940455341506%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Mar 2020

Great place for all ages

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

Quiet shopping poor

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Out of season, so public transport terrible.

5/5 - Excellent

Peterwatson

3 Mar 2020

Just went for a few days, to see the opera , everything went to plan not far to walk to the theatre and easy to get back to the cavendish,

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

Lots of places in and around Scarborough

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

Love Scarborough will be back but will stay at the grand hotel

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