Scarborough Things to Do

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    Tramway

    by datapanik Written Oct 26, 2014

    It’s not quite Stairway To Heaven but the Tramway to Town and Tramway to Beach at the other end is a Victorian funicular railway which provides a quick way to get from the town centre at Marine Parade to the beach at South Bay. The Tramway is open from February through till the end of October, closing for maintenance during the winter months. A journey costs 75p each way.

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    Scarborough Castle

    by datapanik Written Oct 26, 2014

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    Strategically positioned on a headland cliff overlooking North and South Bay, Scarborough Castle is an impressive sight even if today only the ruins are visible. The keep and the extensive fortifications were constructed in the 12th century during the reign of Henry II. It was subjected to sustained cannon fire during the English Civil War and then heavy shelling by German warships in 1914 which severely damaged the castle leaving just the present day ruins.

    Today the castle and grounds are managed by English Heritage. Facilities for visitors include a tea room, an exhibition area and shop. Entrance was £4.90 at the time of my visit.

    12th century keep Cannons in castle grounds
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    Harbour boat trips

    by datapanik Updated Oct 8, 2014

    Various types of boat trips can be booked from the harbour area; trips around the bay to go seal spotting, fishing trips, speedboat trips and a trip around South Bay in a scaled down pirate ship called the Hispaniola which is the one we went on.

    Harbour Boarding the Hispaniola Skull and crossbones Regal Lady
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    North Bay Miniature Railway

    by datapanik Updated Oct 6, 2014

    The North Bay Miniature Railway runs for a distance of just under a mile between Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills stations and provides scenic views of the North Bay area. Trains leave twice an hour from Peasholm Park and the return trip costs just £3.30. The unusual gauge of this railway is 20 inch but you don’t have to be a trainspotter to enjoy this trip. Exit through the gift shop on the return leg. Great fun!

    Peasholm Park Station North Bay railway carriage Carriage interior Scalby Mills
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    Anne Bronte's grave

    by datapanik Updated Oct 5, 2014

    The grave of the author and poet Anne Bronte who succumbed to tuberculosis in 1849 can be found in St Mary’s churchyard. The original headstone has deteriorated over the years and incorrectly gives her age at death as 28 instead of 29. A new plaque was installed by the Bronte Society in 2011 to correct this error and give visitors an easier to read inscription. Anne Bronte wrote two novels; Agnes Grey, based upon her experiences as a governess and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

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    Rotunda Museum

    by datapanik Written Oct 5, 2014

    The Rotunda which opened in 1829 is Britain’s oldest geology museum. It was purpose-built based on a distinctive circular design by the geologist William Smith who was a Scarborough resident at that time. The East Yorkshire coast is rich in Jurassic era fossils and the Rotunda has a fascinating collection of these as well as interactive dinosaur exhibits and a Bronze Age skeleton known as Gristhorpe Man.

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    Open Air Theatre

    by Britannia2 Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    Scarborough first had an open air theatre built in 1932 but by the 1980s this had fallen in to disrepair but in May 2010 the Queen opened the towns new open air theatre which opened to the public in July 2010. When it opens it will be Europe's largest open air theatre.
    The 2010 season started with the first ever concert with Jose Carreas and Kiri Te Kanawa appearing together.
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    THE FUNICULAR

    by alyf1961 Written Apr 15, 2013

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    This is the oldest surviving tramway in the UK. It was built in 1881 by the Central Tramway Company, the same company that owns and runs the tram today.
    The tram runs each day at the South Shore between Marine Parade at the top of the hill and the beach.
    The tram operates between February and October each year with three months off for maintenance.
    It opens from 9am until 5pm daily. The cost is 75p each way.

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    Scarborough Castle

    by Britannia2 Updated Jul 17, 2012

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    The castle stands high above the town and the headland between the two bays with sheer drops to the sea with only a narrow approach from the town near St Marys. Specially constructed viewing platforms on the battlements offer panoramic views.
    Before the castle was built prehistoric settlers settled here and later the Romans built a signal station here.
    Henry II's towering 12th-century keep, dominating the approach, is the centrepiece of fortifications developed over later centuries in response to repeated sieges - notably by rebel barons in 1312, by Tudor rebels, and twice during the English Civil War. Though again strengthened with barracks and gun-batteries against Jacobite threats in 1745, the castle failed to defend the harbour against the American sea-raider John Paul Jones in 1779, and was itself damaged by German naval bombardment in 1914.
    Entry fees are on the website and allow at least 90 minutes for a visit. The views from the castle are stunning.

    The castle stands high above the town In the castle The entrance to the castle The castle The keep and exhibition centre
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    Grand Hotel

    by Britannia2 Updated Jul 17, 2012

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    I include this as Things to Do tip as this hotel has many important and historical aspects - it is worth examining as a place of interest in its own right.
    This site was originally the lodgings in Scarborough for the Brontes and the house was called Woods Lodgings - Anne Bronte died here in 1849. A plaque on the wall commemorates this.
    The Grand Hotel was built in 1867 and the building is designed around the theme of time: four towers to represent the seasons, 12 floors for the months of the year, 52 chimneys symbolise the weeks, and originally there were 365 bedrooms, one for each day of the year. The hotel itself is in the shape of a 'V' in honour of Queen Victoria. It was once the largest hotel in Europe. As Scarborough was a famous spa town, the building's baths originally included an extra pair of taps, so guests could wash in seawater as well as fresh water.
    Locals will tell you the main staircase on the Titanic was based on the staircase of the hotel - I include a photo - but I can find nothing to confirm this.

    Grand Hotel The staircase that the Titanics was based on? The hotel (on the left) and its location

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    The Spa Bridge

    by Britannia2 Updated Jul 17, 2012

    One of the most impressive bridges in England - it was built because there was quite a deep descent to the sea-front from the St. Nicholas Cliff area of the town and a link across the valley to the town centre was needed.
    In 1826 a new company, The Cliff Bridge Company, leased the Spa from the corporation and in order to maximise its commercial potential proceeded to erect an elegant iron footbridge to span the chasm of the valley from St Nicholas Cliff to the Spa. Towering some 75’ from the valley below and some 414’ long and 13.5’ wide.
    The bridge provided an excellent promenade and wonderful views for those wishing to while away a few hours by the sea whilst also providing an excellent link to the towns more southerly attractions.
    It was formally opened on the 19th July 1827.
    The bridge proved so popular that a toll- booth was erected at the St. Nicholas Cliff end of the bridge. For the holiday-maker or local, season tickets were available giving unlimited access to the bridge and Spa for one, two or four week periods.
    The bridge continued, and indeed still continues to be a valuable link from St. Nicholas Cliff to the Spa and to the Holbeck area of town and in 1951 it was purchased by the corporation. The tollbooths were demolished the following year and the pay-boxes removed a year later.
    The Spa Bridge still retains its Victorian spleandours and still gives its wonderful coastal views and dramatic drop to the valley below. For both aesthetic value and a reminder of the elegance of the Victorian era it should be included in any visitor’s exploration of Scarborough. (Mainly from the website)

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    St Marys

    by Britannia2 Updated Jul 16, 2012

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    The most famous and finest of Scarborough's churches which is full of history and beauty. Anne Brontes grave can be seen in the grounds.
    Also inside this beautiful church is a Bronte corner where you can see a copy of a death certificate of Anne Bronte.
    Tea and coffee and some small snacks are available on Mondays to Fridays through the day from 11.00 to 16.00.

    St. Marys St Marys at night Ann Brontes grave Bronte Corner Ann Brontes death certificate
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  • The Barbican

    by Davet543 Written Jul 12, 2012

    On a recent break to Scarborough we tried to find somewhere to eat that 1) Allowed Children in 2) that wasn't a little cafe or McDonalds 3) that wouldn't require a remortgage haha. After a couple of days we stumbled upon The Barbican.

    When we walked in we where informed by staff that children where allowed in until 9pm that evening.

    We only waited 15min for 6main meals and 2 kids meals.

    It only cost £60 for all of us including drinks.

    They had gorgeous home made stone baked pizzas which we got 2 for the pice of 1 :)

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  • ancient site

    by sensiblesam Written Jul 31, 2011

    drive along to Ayton on the racecourse road before turn into road on right hand side GHSQ and folow road past heir entrance Walk towards the north and you will come acrosss the beacon which was used for warning people when the vikings were attaking !

    Come back down the road and go onto Irton Moor Lane stop off at a delighrful coffee shop and garden centre then carry on towards Seamer to visit the beautiful old norman chruch Return bck to Scarborough In all about 2 hours including a coffee a walk and short drive

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    Peasholme Park

    by Britannia2 Updated May 23, 2011

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    Peasholme Park is 100 years old this year (2011) and remains one of Englands best municipal parks. Set around a large lake it has a Japanese theme and a pagoda stands high on the hill in the middle of the lake.
    There is a cafe and plenty of seating , and a variety of boats can be hired on the lake.
    In the evenings the park is illuminated and provides a wonderful night-time walk.
    Peashome Glen leaves the main park and stretches up a hill - there is a brook running along the pathway and a tree lined main path has many paths off which can be explored.
    Entrance to the park is free and it is open 24 hours a day and every day of the year.

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