Scarborough Things to Do

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    The Harbour Bar

    by suzwa Updated Dec 13, 2007

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    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.

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    Scalby village - a walk in the area

    by Britannia2 Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    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.

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    Scarborough Castle

    by Sjalen Updated Sep 12, 2007

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    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.

    The Keep The whole area Roman signalling ruins
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    Donkeys and the beach

    by Britannia2 Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    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.

    Beach at South Bay
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    The Spa

    by Britannia2 Updated Aug 18, 2007

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    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).

    The Spa The Spa
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    The Harbour

    by Britannia2 Updated Aug 18, 2007

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    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.

    The harbour in March Scarborough harbour The harbour from the Town Hall The harbour from above the old town The harbour
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    TV series exterior

    by Britannia2 Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    The popular TV programme The Royal is filmed in Scarborough and viewers will recognise many of the towns famous locations in this far too infrequent programme.
    The Royal is actually a block of flats on the corner of Holbeck Road and the Esplanade on the south bay. Interior scenes are filmed 80 miles away in Bradford.
    On August 17, 2007 we came across Yorkshire TV filming scenes for a new series - I have put some photos in a separate gallery on my Scarborough pages.

    The Royal - not really!

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    Olivers Mount

    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    Olivers Mount is the hill standing high above the town to the south - it is so called because Oliver Cromwell had cannons mounted here pointing at the castle in the town.
    It is a good vantage point for looking over the town and also famous as a race circuit for motorcycles.
    A good walk to make is - with your back to the cafe turn left and begin your descent passing Deepdale Golf course on your right. After 1.5 miles cross the Scarborough to Bridling ton road and bear right down Sea Cliff Road. At the car park cross and descend to the seashore towards the Spa. Beyond the Spa take the incline before turning sharp left and descending to the road. Veer left and walk to the junction of the Scarbro' to Bridlington road before turning left following the signs for Olivers Mount. Cross the road and at Deepdale Avenue make your return up the hill to where you started. This is very strenuous going up and the whole walk will take 3 hours and is 6 miles long.

    The view from Olivers Mount Olivers Mount stands high above the town The view from Olivers Mount
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    The old town

    by Britannia2 Written Sep 15, 2006

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    The old town nestles beneath the Castle and is an interesting place to walk but beware some streets are very steep and some streets are linked by steps. There are some interesting houses and interesting pubs in these streets which I guess stood the homes of the fishing community at one time.
    A good walk is to walk up from the harbour and through the old town and then into North Bay from up near the castle.

    Scarboroughs old town The old town stands above south bay Another view of the beach near the old town The old town from Lighthouse Pier
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    Anne Bronte's grave

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    Anne Bronté moved from inland Haworth to the seaside to try to ease the symptoms of her TB as many did in her days, but of course she didn't live long once she had caught the dreaded discease and died here too. There is a nice view from the bench next to her grave. A perfect place for contemplation and a must if you are in any way interersted in classical literature.

    In 2006 In 1996
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    SeaLife Centre and Marine Sanctuary

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 20, 2006

    I had been to a SeaLife centre in Belgium and expected somewhere fun for our daughter but still something us adults had seen before. How wrong I was! Scarborough's centre is bigger and whilst a lot is similar, such as the seal rescue centre with the sweet seal pups, there are unique features here too. My absolute favourite was the pool of giant Japanese crabs where I had a "profound nature experience" I hadn't had in a long time almost "talking" to this creature looking at me from inside its pool. I also loved the pool of huge sea turtles which were cuddled at the tropical fish feeding times in the same place. There were feeding and/or demonstration times twice a day at the various "stations" which apart from the seals and turtles also included Humboldt penguins and Asian otters. Then there was the compulsory shark tunnel which gave another opportunity at studying the turtles above you as well as tanks full of my favourites - the seahorses. There was also a very fascinating room full of illuminated jellyfish which was so mezmerising with its soothing music that I could have stayed there all day relaxing. I also liked the way the staff were very involved in conservation issues and environmental information to visitors. A great and very informative half day out! It costs quite a bit to get in but there are often discount vouchers and to me it was worth every penny to keep these animals.

    Yes, I turned the flash off! :))) Hungry otters are loud! Never knew these fellas sound like donkeys! Spot the tents down there?
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    St Mary's Church

    by Sjalen Updated Aug 20, 2006

    Just below the castle is the old church of St Mary's which is pretty but also has a fascinating history. There was a church here already before King Stephen's times but by then it was enlarged in the 1180s. Richard Lionheart then granted the church revenues to a Burgundian Cistercian order before it was enlarged a lot in King John's time as you can understand if you have also visited the castle. During the 1380s, side chapels were built and in the 1450s it was further enlarged. Then it was sadly bombed to bits in the Civil war in the 17th century both by the Republicans attacking the castle, and the royalist castle defenders under Sir Hugh Chomley whom you can also read about on my Whitby page. In 1669, the church was repaired but never to its old glory. Instead, you can see traces of how big it once was from the standing ruins in the church yard. You can read a lot more of its fascinating history in the excellent webpage below.

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    Inside activities with children

    by smose Written Jun 28, 2006

    If its wet and you need somewhere to take the kids then head to Little Hoppers on Hopper Hill road
    I have not actually been here as my children are now older but have heard good results
    It is the only purpose built inside facility for children in the area but is situated on the industrail estate towards the south of the town so you wouldn't really come accross it by accident

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    Trips out to sea

    by Britannia2 Written Jun 4, 2006

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    The harbour provides opportunities for trips out in to the North Sea.
    The Corona is an old fashioned Yorkshire pleasure steamer that takes visitors up the coast towards Scalby and beyond - the views of Scarborough are very good from the sea and you get a wonderful vista of the town as you sail in and out.
    There are two speed boats that give very fast rides out in to the bay and a replica of an old sailing ship in minature that carries passengers.
    I have not been on the replica sailing ship but can fully recomend the Corona and the speed boats.

    A speed boat and the Corona in the harbour Replica sailing ship in the harbour The Corona leaves the harbour Leaving for another trip
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    Spa Complex

    by sandysmith Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    Climbing up to the Valley Footbridge (see general tips) and turning to the rightg you reach the Spa Complex. I guess in Victorian times this was where they came to "take the waters" now its a theatre/concert area and delightfull tea room area with lovely views acros the bay behind a glass shelter.

    spa complex

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