Opened in July 1827 this iron footbridge spans the valley between St Nicholas Cliff & the Spa. It's 75 feet high, 414 feet long & 13.5 feet wide.
The bridge became so popular that a toll booth was erected at the St Nicholas Cliff end. This was removed in the 1950's. Today the bridge is a reminder of the resorts Victorian spleandour & history. It also provides great views of the South Bay.
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.
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Built in 1828 the Rotunda is the 2nd oldest purpose-built museum in Britain. Here you'll find displays from prehistoric times right up to recent Scarborough history.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
The lighthouse at Scarborough dates back to 1806, since then it has constantly been improved. It suffered damage in December 1914 during the bombardment of Scarborough by German battlecruisers. The lighthouse was restored & reopened in December 1931.
Today it's still in use sending out a signal when fog descends on the North Sea.
Sir George Cayleys house
The first tip in what will be a seperate series on historical Scarborough in a dedicated album but posted as a tip for now. Scarborough was home to the man known as "The father of aviation". His house stands near St Marys Church high above the harbour in a street that is actually called Paradise. In late August 2009 when the photo below was taken it was actually for sale and it does seem a quite distinctive house. There is certainly a lot of history here - George set the concept of a modern aeroplane as early as 1799 here in this house and he also designed the very first glider that could carry a man aloft - today modern aircraft design is based on those early designs including his idea for cambered wings.
He was also a Whig MP for Scarborough and helped found the University of Westminster in London. He also had ideas for caterpillar tractors, automatic signals for railway crossings, seat belts (!), theatre architecture and land reclamation amongst other ideas.
A quite remarkable man and you can see his house in Scarborough and at Brompton on Swale near to Scarborough the hall he lived in in later life and where he died.
- Historical Travel
A day trip to Thornton-le-Dale
Thornton-le-Dale is a seriously pretty little village, located about 15miles along the A170 from Scarborough, with Pickering a further 2.7miles onwards from Thornton-le-Dale.
If you're not driving, it can also be reached via the #128 Bus service from Scarborough to Sutton Bank, operated by "Scarborough & District" / "East Yorkshire Motor Services" (EYMS).
The central point of the village is the village green, which features a War memorial + a set of medieval stocks next to it. There's also a Bakery & Chocolate shop, a shop selling local made Ice Cream, and a few other small shops. There's also a stream running through the village, and a thatched cottage...... more of which you can read about in more detail in Thornton le Dale's own section on VirtualTourist.
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
A Day trip to Filey
A day trip to Filey is do-able if staying in or around Scarborough... only a 7.6mile (20minute) drive away, or also accessible via Bus, or a 13-minute train ride away.
It's another seaside town, only quieter than Scarborough & Whitby..... for more things to do there, check out it's own section on VirtualTourist, and cross your finger that more people have added more things to do tips for there that are actually IN Filey since I've added this tip.
- Family Travel
South cliff,Italian gardens and clock tower!!
I would highly recommend that visitors to Scarborough take a walk up south cliff on the esplanade,the views of Scarborough are magnificent from there,and at night also as you can see Scarborough all lit up with lights along the seafront and harbour,up towards the castle and valley bridge,it really is breathtaking.There are stunning gardens up there called the Italian gardens,and beautiful flower displays,plenty of benches to sit and relax,grab and ice cream and enjoy the scenery,they also film 'The Royal' up here.
Lebberston Golf Course
Lebberston pay and play golf course is situated on the A165 between Scarborough and Filey. This golf course is a 9 hole pay and play course, par 31, 1990yards.
All ages and abilities are welcome, no dress code, no proper golf shoes needed.
9 holes - £8.00, 18 holes - £10.00
Trolley and Club hire available.
The Harbour Bar
The Harbour Bar is a Scarborough landmark - it has been there for as long as anyone I know can remember (apparently it opened in 1945), and has always been run by the same family. It's an award-winning ice-cream parlour, which has hardly changed since it was built but is in immaculate original condition. From the milky coffees to the knickerbocker glories, you can't go wrong in this place. You can sit in, but if you just want an ice-cream it's quicker to queue at the booth outside. It's busy all summer, but is also a bit of a Boxing Day tradition - it's always busy between Christmas and New Year, when ex-locals return to see their families it's the place they all seem to meet up.
Scalby village - a walk in the area
Scalby village lies to the north of the town and here are details of a walk you can make mainly on high banks that climb in part to 400 feet but there are good views of the castle , moors and sea. It is not suitable for disabled people and is quite challenging.
It will take 3 hours and is 6 miles long.
From St Lawrences church walk 100 yards to the green and turn left on the road marked Scarborough. Before the bridge take the signposted route on your right and follow this track for 2 miles. Near the farm yard gates turn right uphill on the grass track. Near the wood take the path to the left between the fields up to the wood following the marker posts. Take the sunken path through the wood before joining the filed edge path and then skirt the house/garden by keeping to the way marked path on the right. On entering the drive turn right and at the left bend take the track on your right to the stone stile. Follow the grassy track to the gate in the right hand corner of the field and turn left to field head. At the stile go forwards for 100 yards before crossing right at the fingerpost. Cross the grass to the stile and continue downhill at an angle. Pass between the two houses and left onto the private road. Turn right to the main road and back in to Scalby.
Look out for a wide range of seabirds and occasionally red kites and yellow hammers.
Scarborough Castle is one of the larger castles in Yorkshire, towering on a cliff above town which you can see on the second photo here. It has been held by Richard III amongst others and is well worth a visit even if the trek up the hill is steep whichever way you approach. You are rewarded with a great view and sometimes also medieval theme displays such as falconry. The castle is in one of the most strategic places in the North of England so it is easy to see why even the Romans settled here and built a signalling station up on the hill (see photo). The vikings were here too and Scarborough in fact got its name not from a scar in the landscape but from a Norse word for hare lip which was the nickname of a viking lord. Then came lots of English kings, and not least Prince John expanded the castle a lot. His quarters are now in ruins and the whole area is vast so it is a bit hard to get to grips with compared to more "closed" castles but English Heritage is doing its best, lending you audio guides with lively stories. The keep is the most impressive building still in standing shape although in ruins. It was bombed during the 17th century Civil War unfortunately. Scarborough itself was then bombed by a German ship during the First World War when the castle was used for military purposes and had some barracks. There is a little cafe up here too and you deserve a cup when you've walked up here in strong winds.
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Donkeys and the beach
Here is my son riding a donkey circa 1993 - an old photo that with the donkeys stands the test of time. The donkeys are part of Scarborough that will always be there. Their home seems to be somewhere in the Burniston Road area , right on the northern edge of town. Its a great sight to see the donkeys wending their way through the town to and from the beach.
- Family Travel
- School Holidays
Scarborough Spa Complex is located in Scarborough’s picturesque South Bay and is one of the most prestigious venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events on the Yorkshire Coast. Recently restored there are some very good concerts here including Lesley Garrett in October (2007).
- Spa and Resort
- Family Travel
The harbour is full of activity even though the fishing fleet is not so large these days. There are pleasure boats and often a coastal cargo boat will be seen in the harbour.
Through 2007 a small marina style yacht area has been built in the harbour.
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