The harbour does a roaring trade in boat trips. Two "large" boats run up and down the coast - up to Robin Hood's Bay (for viewing only) and down past Bempton Cliffs to Flambrough Head (again, viewing ony). There are also short duration trips in two speedboats, one of which The Velocity, was constantly in and out. That skipper was doing a great trade this day. There's even a replica pirates galleon "The Hispaniola" making short trips down past The Spa towards Cayton Bay. Finally, the old lifeboat makes more gentile short trips around the bay.
The Rotunda Museum
Built in 1829 originally as a geology museum, this now houses a changing program of events. Currently (May 2003) it's "All At Sea" charting Scarborough's maritime heritage.
When it was opened, it was one of England's first dedicated public museums.
The principal part of The Spa consists of an outdoor band concert area. This is open to the air, but behind glass, so it keeps the wind off. There's cafes to the rear and a scattering of tables, but when the main performances are on they tend to fill the "arena" with deck chairs and people just sit and losten to the music.
It's what you call "music for old folks" - but hey, I'm getting there :-S
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).
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Walk towards the Spa Complex. It's no longer an actual "Spa", these days it's more of an "old time" entertainment complex, hosting band shows, dances and cabaret. There's some lawned gardens behind (or above) it, then some woodland and above that some fine formal gardens.
The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel is indeed Grand in every way. It even has not one but three blue plaques on its wall telling of its various historical connections. You can get a 3 course sunday carvery lunch here for the princely sum of... 6 pounds 50! Worth it just to say you've been in The Grand, I'd say.
Sea Life Centre
Scarboroughs Sea Life Centre magnificent ocean tank has been spectacularly transformed to become Turtle Reef, with its own colourful Caribbean-style coral reef and hundreds of dazzling reef fish sharing quarters with turtles and tropical sharks.
Situated in the very north of town it is a short bus ride or a long walk but the best way to get there in the summer is to take the minature train from near the swimming pool at Peasolme Park.
My photo taken from the castle is not the best but it is the white buidings in the distance . I also have one taken from the car park.
Rather expensive but tickets are cheaper if booked in advance on line. A good place for a rainy afternoon.
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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.
As you walk towards the seafront from the Weaponness car park you'll pass alongside Valley Gardens and under the Valley Bridge. As I pointed out in Warnings & Dangers this used to be the number one spot for suicides so the council put huge barriers along the bridge.
OK, so we're at sea level and this is where the "fun" is for kids. The seafront in South Bay is packed with amusement arcades (filled with gaming machines, video games, pinball, and all those other sort of things you'd expect). There are also (of course) shops and windows selling ice creams, chips, candy floss, waffles, tacky souveniers and so on, cafes and a few pubs.
The Harbour II
I don't remember the harbour being this busy when I was small. Now it seems full of fishing boats, most of them seemingly registered at other ports, so maybe Scarborough is a bit of a fishing "freeport" these days. Anyway, it makes an interesting and colourful sight.
Richard III's House
To get from the south harbour pier to the central one, you have to walk a way along the street again (it's called Sandside, even though here it's by the harbour and not the sand!) On the way you will see this old building, called The Ricahrd III House.
Richard III is reputed to have stayed here at some time in his life. He has a very short reign - from 1483 to 1485. These days its a cafe - so quite a historic place to eat I'd say.
St. Mary's Church
The church was originally built around 1150 and was gradually extended over the following centuries. In the 16040's, during the Civil War, the church was used as an offensive position by the Parliamentarians and was partially destroyed by return fire from the Royalists in the castle. The ruins in the foreground are the result of this - they used to be choir and north trancept.
Anne Bronte's Grave
Anne Bronte loved Scarborough - parts of her novels were set here and she holidayed here often. Her final visit was in May 1849 when she came in the hope that the sea air would help her consumption (tuberculosis). It didn't and she died here on 28 May 1849 - our visit was coincidentally just 2 days before the anniversary of her death.
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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