TV series exterior
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.
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.
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The old town
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.
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Anne Bronte's grave
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.
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SeaLife Centre and Marine Sanctuary
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.
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St Mary's Church
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
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
Trips out to sea
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.
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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.
The scenery really is lovely here on a warm summer's day so I just can't resist showing you another pic of the bay and of Scarborough as we walked back from the tea room on a lower promenade and onto the beach and harbour area of the town.
The Rotunda museum can be sen as you enter Scarborough (just before the valley footbridge). It was described as the finest surviving purpose-built museum of its age. It was built in 1828 to a design as suggested by William Smith, ‘Father of English Geology’.
On display are geological exhibits -from the Mesolithic site at Star Carr, and 'Gristhorpe Man', a Bronze Age tree trunk burial. Displays also explore the more recent history of the town.
Temporary exhibitions, hands-on activities and holiday activities are a feature, and we also have a gift shop selling cards, prints, books and souvenirs.
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South Bay Promenade
Past the Spa Complex is a promenade leading to some beach huts (pastel coloured huts) which can be hired out for the day or week and just above this is tea house. Perfect place for a cuppa and a cake whilst taking in the views of the bay from this elevated position.
Scarborough lighthouse was destroyed by German naval bombardment on 16th December 1914 but has since been rebuilt and opened again on 23rd September 1931.
Its located on the central pier - there are actually 3 piers here the one between the fishing port and the yacht marina.
King Richard lll House
On the south shore bay this restaurant is part of a 14th century house where King Richard lll is said to have stayed when visiting the town on naval business. Today its a great place to have tea in historical building.
On the edge of a cliff along the North Yorkshire coast, a perfect look out spot, is Scarborough Castle which dominates the town and harbour some 300 ft below. There is evidence of a roman fort being here but the first medieval castle was built by William le Gros, Count of Aumale, in the 1130's. The castle was reconstructed as a barracks in the 18th century and bombarded by German battle cruisers in 1914.
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