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Scarborough

Travel Guide
South Bay Beach featuring a coastal town, a beach and heritage architecture

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

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
3 out of 5
St. Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £42 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in Scarborough City Centre, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough ...
2.6/5 (802 reviews)
"Good location nice old building. Some small niggles but got sorted. Most staff very helpful and friendly. Shame about all the seagulls nesting!!!!"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
The Royal Hotel
The Royal Hotel
3.5 out of 5
St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £59 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in Scarborough City Centre, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Bay Beach and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm ...
3/5 (775 reviews)
"Like the style & history of the hotel. Spacious room. Noisy outside at night. Staff clearing the terrace at 5am very noisy."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

The Royal Hotel
Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
4 out of 5
The Esplanade, Scarborough, England
The price is £104 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Nestled on the beach, this Scarborough hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spa Cliff Lift and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park ...
4.2/5Very Good! (719 reviews)
"Liked the spa facilities and pool. Staff very helpful and efficient. Great location with lovely views. Room slightly drab, but nice bathroom. Would happily return."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality
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The Sands - Sea Front Apartments
The Sands - Sea Front Apartments
5 out of 5
Unit 6, Kepwick House, Peasholm Gap, Scarborough, England
Nestled on the beach, this Scarborough aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of North Bay Beach, Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park. North York Moors ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (84 reviews)
"Great place to stay, high quality accommodation"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

The Sands - Sea Front Apartments
Brialene Holiday Apartments
Brialene Holiday Apartments
3 out of 5
35-37 Valley Rd, Scarborough, England
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Falsgrave and Scarborough Spa. Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Close to all amenities clean easy access friendly staff and greeting. Everything you need was in the apartment"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2021

Brialene Holiday Apartments
Reiver Cottage
Reiver Cottage
3.5 out of 5
169 Stepney Road, Scarborough, England
Situated in Scarborough, this cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mecca Bingo, Scarborough Open Air Theatre and Peasholm Park. Scarborough Spa is 2.9 mi (4.7 ...
Reiver Cottage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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