Anne Bronte's Grave
A little off the beaten path in the church graveyard up on the hill above the town, but many people come up here to see Anne Bronte's grave. Scarborough was a place she loved and was portrayed in both her novels - Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Scarborough was the place where she wished to open her own school, and the place where she ultimately died and was buried. She came to Scarborough from Haworth already dying of tuberculosis and, after only a few days passed away on May 28th, 1849.
The castle is set on a 300 feet headland between the North & South bays. An area that has been occupied by prehistoric settlers, Romans & Vikings. The first castle was built here in 1136. It was then taken over by Henry II and a new keep & fortifications added. In the further centuries the castle has endured Medieval sieges, the English Civil War and German naval bombardment.
Nowadays the keep & castle walls can be explored. They provide spectacular views of Scarborough & the coastline.
The Castle is open daily from April to September & five days a week from October to March. It's closed Dec 24-26 & Jan 1.
The Yorkshire Riviera
"Sunny (?) Scarborough"
So many of Englands seaside towns have fallen into decline over the past 40 years as people seek out the sunshine of the Med and beyond instead. Only a handful still retain their former glory and Scarborough is one of them. On the bracing North Sea coast Scarborough is a delightful town with a good selection of hotels, restaurants and shops to suit most budgets. The beach is of fine golden sand ideal for children and there are fair rides, amusement arcades, donkey rides and the best fish and chips anywhere. If you stay in Scarborough you can use it as a base to expolre the wider attractions of North Yorkshire. Just don't expect sunshine!
Built in 1863 the Grand was one of the first purpose built hotels in europe to cater just for tourists and holidaymakers. Its imposing position on the front facing the sea and its graceful Victorian architecture make it the most visible landmark in the town. The hotel has over 350 rooms.
Olivers Mount is a hill overlooking the town where you can go to enjoy the cafe at the top and the wonderful views of the coast. Just make sure you plan your visit as Olivers Mount is also one of the finest motorcyle racing circuits in the world with several meeting per year. For those of you who are more interested in the racing go to http://www.oliversmount.com/