Escape to Scarborough! Enjoy its beaches, oceanfront and castle.

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.

Known for

Beaches, Castles and Sea

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Where to stay in Scarborough

Scarborough City Centre
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Scarborough City Centre

Entertainment, Sea, Friendly People

The pristine beaches and great bars are top of the list for many visitors to Scarborough City Centre. A stop by South Bay Beach or Stephen Joseph Theatre might round out your trip.

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Top hotels in Scarborough

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
3 out of 5
St. Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, England
£39/night
26 Aug-27 Aug
2.8/5 (1,318 reviews)

Located in Scarborough City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rotunda Museum and Scarborough Spa. North Sea and Peasholm Park are also within ...

2.8/5 (1,318 reviews)

"Although in need of updating, it had a nostalgic feel which we kind of liked. Big que for check in but efficient staff soon got through everyone."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019

Britannia Grand Hotel Scarborough
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Ambassador Hotel
3 out of 5
36-38 Esplanade, Scarborough, England
£47/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
3.6/5Good! (543 reviews)

Located in the heart of Scarborough, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Cliff Italian Gardens and Scarborough Spa. North Sea and Peasholm Park ...

3.6/5Good! (543 reviews)

"The hotel was clean but needed a little bit of a touch up.The pool,sauna and jacuzzi was fantastic and so was the breakfast.The staff were very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

Ambassador Hotel
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Green Gables Hotel Scarborough
3 out of 5
West Bank, Scarborough, England
£40/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
3.9/5Very Good! (140 reviews)

Situated in Scarborough, this beach guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Falsgrave and Scarborough Spa. Peasholm Park and Scarborough Open Air Theatre are also ...

3.9/5Very Good! (140 reviews)

"Friendly helpful staff. Affordable rooms Rooms basic but clean. Great to have a indoor swimming pool."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2019

Green Gables Hotel Scarborough

Popular things to do in Scarborough

Scarborough Open Air Theatre
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Scarborough Open Air Theatre

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

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

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Peasholm Park, a popular green space in Scarborough. Stroll along the area's seaside or experience its acclaimed theatre scene.

North Bay Beach
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North Bay Beach

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

Scarborough Castle
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Scarborough Castle

Delve through 3,000 years of history at the ruins of this headland castle with panoramic views of the North Sea.

South Bay Beach
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South Bay Beach

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

Top activities in Scarborough

SEA LIFE Scarborough
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SEA LIFE Scarborough

£10

Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary will take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean through 12 themed zones. Every step will reveal something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rock-pool experience.

Kayak Hire
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Kayak Hire

£25

Explore the coastline, stop off and have a picnic or maybe take a dip. What better way to see the jurassic coastline of the East Coast We only do sit-on-top kayak as these are perfect for exploring, very stable and easy to use – you won’t need any previous experience.

Group Paddleboard Lesson
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Group Paddleboard Lesson

£38

Paddleboarding is a relatively new surfing phenomenon that adds a whole new dimension to riding waves and exploring our stunning coastline.

North York Moors & Whitby Day Trip from York
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North York Moors & Whitby Day Trip from York

£45

The tour departs from opposite the Dean Court Hotel (near York Minster) at 9.00am and heads off into the Vale of York, where you will pass by and learn the history of the famous Kilburn White Horse hill figure on the boundary of the National Park.

Castle Howard House and Grounds Entrance
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Castle Howard House and Grounds Entrance

£20

Entrance to 300 year old Castle, Howard explore the house aided by knowledgeable guides, who are full of stories about the house, it's many treasures and the family who still live here to this day.

Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and the North York Moors
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Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay and the North York Moors

£39

Explore the famous area of the North York Moors National Park. Famed for the largest area of heather moorland in England, there is much more than meets the eye.