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.
- Museum Visits
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.
Gun on the Pier
On the jetty by the lighthouse there ia this 1914 Vickers Pattern 13 Pdr Gun. It was raised by Scarborough Sub-Aqua Club and local fishermen in 1982 from the wreck of SS Hornsund, sunk by torpedo on 23rd September 1917, 2.5 miles south-east of its present location
Scarborough harbour area has a deep water harbour where the cargo boats and trawlers dock and various other privately owned water craft - and the shallower harbour where privately owned yachts are moored. It was quite a colourful site on this warm sunny day.
A great attraction for kids and adults
When you are in Scarborough you must pay at least one visit to the marine life sanctuary at North bay.
A conservational/educational project it is extremely interesting and entertaining whatever your age. There are hands on activities for small children, regular talks and feeding of various animals, plus the chance to "adopt" various animals from penguins /otters to seals . (for children their adoption pack contains a furry toy of the animal in question)
There is a huge amount of different creatures on display from seahorses to turtles, tropical fish and more familiar creatures all displayed in well laid out informative surroundings.Make sure you see the stingray display (but watch out for the spitting ones!)
There is also a reasonably priced cafe for snacks and meals , and as a final bonus once you pay the entrance fee you have a day pass for that day, so the kids can go play on the beach if they get bored (they wont) and then you can bring them back later in the day.
Dalby Forest Drive
A 9 mile forest drive on private roads through 9,000 acres of Forestry Commission land.
There is a visitor Center open Easter to the end of October.
Very peaceful - loads of opprtunities for forest walks, picnics, cycling etc.
When we visited in April we found an Adder basking in the sun of a Spring day on the tarmac of the single track road that winds through the Forest.
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
At the far North of the North Bay is Scalby or Scalby Mills as it's also known. Here there's now the Sealife Centre - a kind of Aquarium. That's not the attraction for me - for me it's the rockpools and the access to the countryside, and the fact that the beach is often quieter down here - and also the fact there is a good pub with good real ale ;-)
"Open Air Theatre"
This is now in disrepair, the seats are crumbling and I'm surprised it's not cordoned off as being dangerous. Which is a real pity - as a kid we used to come here one day of the week to see "It's A Knockout" ("Jeux Sans Frontiers" as the Europeans call it). It wasn't the "real" thing, but it was along the same lines, and it was fun. I think other things took place here too, but we didn't go to see those.
Peasholm Park is a hive of activity. There's some Japanese style gardens, a boating lake, bandstand, cafe, and an Island in the middle of the lake that used to be an illuminated "wonderland" when I was a kid. Dunno what it is now, because it only opens at night (hence "illuminated") so we didn't see it on this visit.
The boats on the boating lake are a bit different - Swans!
There's like two bits to Peasholm Park - the Japanese garden part with the boating lake and the island in the middle (this is all over the road from Atlantis outdoor swimming pool). Then there's the bit with Kinderland, the miniature railway, another boating lake, the "open air theatre" and the nice walk to Scalby (this is all on the same side as Atlantis, go past it and turn right).
The World's Smallest Navy
The worlds "smallest" navy is based on Peasholm boating lake. The ships are all scale replicas of WWII ships, including freight ships, submarines, aircraft carriers and so on. There's even a dockyard. I don't remember if the battles are actual recrations of real events (I doubt it) but it's great fun to watch for young and old alike. It was always a highlight of my visit to Scarborough. Unfortunately there was no display the day we went, so I didn't see one taking place :-((
Marine drive ends at a place known simply as "The Corner", where it turns inland and goes past Peasholm Park. There's a cafe/pub complex here and some stalls along the beach front. The best of these is "The Famous Waffle Shop". We each had a waffle here - it was actually Susan's first, yes, she risked getting cream on her nose and mouth and looking "ridiculous" - how she always describes me after I eat a waffle ;-)
I had ginger & chocolate and Sue had rum & raisin. Both delicious and Sue can't wait now to have her second waffle!
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