Scarborough Travel Guide

  • South Bay from the castle
    South Bay from the castle
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  • The quiet bit of Scarborough's South Bay
    The quiet bit of Scarborough's South Bay
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  • Things to Do
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Scarborough Things to Do

  • Tramway

    It’s not quite Stairway To Heaven but the Tramway to Town and Tramway to Beach at the other end is a Victorian funicular railway which provides a quick way to get from the town centre at Marine Parade to the beach at South Bay. The Tramway is open from February through till the end of October, closing for maintenance during the winter months. A...

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  • Scarborough Castle

    Strategically positioned on a headland cliff overlooking North and South Bay, Scarborough Castle is an impressive sight even if today only the ruins are visible. The keep and the extensive fortifications were constructed in the 12th century during the reign of Henry II. It was subjected to sustained cannon fire during the English Civil War and then...

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  • Harbour boat trips

    Various types of boat trips can be booked from the harbour area; trips around the bay to go seal spotting, fishing trips, speedboat trips and a trip around South Bay in a scaled down pirate ship called the Hispaniola which is the one we went on.

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  • North Bay Miniature Railway

    The North Bay Miniature Railway runs for a distance of just under a mile between Peasholm Park and Scalby Mills stations and provides scenic views of the North Bay area. Trains leave twice an hour from Peasholm Park and the return trip costs just £3.30. The unusual gauge of this railway is 20 inch but you don’t have to be a trainspotter to enjoy...

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  • Anne Bronte's grave

    The grave of the author and poet Anne Bronte who succumbed to tuberculosis in 1849 can be found in St Mary’s churchyard. The original headstone has deteriorated over the years and incorrectly gives her age at death as 28 instead of 29. A new plaque was installed by the Bronte Society in 2011 to correct this error and give visitors an easier to read...

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  • Rotunda Museum

    The Rotunda which opened in 1829 is Britain’s oldest geology museum. It was purpose-built based on a distinctive circular design by the geologist William Smith who was a Scarborough resident at that time. The East Yorkshire coast is rich in Jurassic era fossils and the Rotunda has a fascinating collection of these as well as interactive dinosaur...

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Scarborough Restaurants

  • Sea front restaurant

    You cannot fail to see advertising for Winking Willies along the promenade and so after many years of frequenting the town centre fish and chip restaurants we made a visit probably the towns most famous fish and chip restaurant.This is a traditional Yorkshire fish and chip restaurant over two floors. The ground floor has open style tables but the...

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  • Cafe with books

    We only called in here late one afternoon for drinks but this is a beautifully presented cafe over two floors - the upper floor has a display of books and gifts to buy.A very nice ambience - the colours are dark and there is mix of seating with tables and chairs and on the upper floor some soft seating on dark coloured leather sofas.Friendly and...

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  • Great fish and chips

    For great fish and chips try Mother Hubbards in Scarborough. This is where the locals go for fish and chips as its not too visible from the street unless you really look or actually know where it is. The entrance is very small (see photo) on Westborough and then there are two flights of stairs (no lift and not accessible at all for disabled people)...

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Scarborough Nightlife

  • Small town centre theatre

    A small theatre that has local musical clubs or drama groups presenting shows, or indeed its own YMCA people.A good variety of shows , especially in the summer season.

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  • Scarborough's pub crawl route

    Visitors to Scarborough always want to know where the crowds are... one minute a pub is busy, the next no-one's there at all! This is a tip for sticking with the locals and having a busy night. Scarborough has a LOT of pubs, but there is a route which pretty much everyone travels on the busiest nights of the week. It starts at the top of town (the...

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  • Casino in Scarborough

    Scarboroughs casino is to be found in the Opera House and this is a high class establishment with fine dining and gambling but you do need to be a member although membership is free. The building has two floors and is fully disabled friendly. The Upper Circle restaurant has a fine restaurant with a weekly menu change. There is a valet service...

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Scarborough Transportation

  • Save your legs when climbing up from the...

    There is a cliff liftin the town and this will take you from the promenade up to the town centre ( or down if you do not wish to negotiate the steep steps and paths).The ride is comfortable and the trams go every few minutes when full. The fare is £1.50( as at September 2014) which is quite expensive for a ride that lasts less than 2 minutes!

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  • North Country Rover

    Bounded by Newcastle - Carlisle, Hull - Selby - Leeds - Halifax - Preston - Morecambe - and the Irish Sea and North Sea coasts which includes SCARBOROUGH this ticket gives unlimited train travel across the north of England. After 08.45 and 2014 prices are : any 4 days in 8 days - adult £88, with a railcard £58.10 and children £44.00.

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  • East Yorkshire Round Robin

    This ticket allows one circular journey only starting at any station listed below and going clockwise or anti clockwise. Scarborough - York - Selby - Hull - Scarborough. A one day ticket £23.00, child £11.50 and railcard holder £15.20. 2014 prices.

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Scarborough Shopping

  • AMAZING shoe department!

    Huge flagship branch of New Look in the Brunswick Shopping Centre with a brilliant shoe range, mostly around the £25 mark.Also, a massive branch of Next is now open in the centre. Combine these with Debenhams, Top Shop and Internacionale and it's shoe / fashion heaven!!! Fashion! Low to mid range.

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  • The local mall

    Pretty much the closest thing resembling a shopping mall in this neck of the woods... It's not exactly the Gateshead MetroCentre, or the King of Prussia mall (HUGE shopping mall in Pennsylvania, USA that's the 2nd largest one over there)....... but it's still a nice place to shop, and even though it's been at least 7yrs since I was there, I do...

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  • Scarboroughs only indoor shopping centre

    A fairly large shopping centre in Westborough. Debenhams is the major occupier but there are other well known national chains here too.Handy for refreshments in the food court and toilets if you are in town shopping.Car drivers beware - the slope up from the street to the quite expensive car park is very, very steep. Make sure you have good clutch...

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Scarborough Local Customs

  • SKIPPING DAY!!!!!

    Cant believe no ones mentioned it! This is a very very local custom and since Ive moved away I have tried time and again to explain it to people, every Shrove Tuesday all the schools shut and they close off the marine drive so people can skip on the roads, this is one of my fondest memories of my home town! It comes from when at lent the fishermen...

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  • Scarborough's micro-climate

    You will never get used to Scarborough's weather - the best thing is to just deal with that fact and move on! The locals have a kind of 6th sense (or are we just more tolerant of going out in a T-shirt and getting so wet we have to go home and change?!), but for everyone else, my tip is to layer your clothes. Never look at the weather in the...

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  • Alan Ayckborn plays

    Ayckborn ("Norman Conquest" and many other humourous plays about family relations) always opens his new plays in his hometown so if you want to see them first, here's where to be.

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Scarborough Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking and Traffic Tickets

    When Visiting Scarborough Be Very Careful Where You Park Your Car And Make Sure You Have The Correct Permits For ParkingThe Traffic Wardens Here Are Like Bee`s After Honey, We Sat In Our Apartment And Watched This Traffic Warden Stick Tickets On 4 Cars On The Street Within Less Than 10 MinsIm Sure He Will Have A Nice Bonus In His Pay Packet This...

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  • Fog

    Fog - or as they are called locally - sea rokes - are an occasional problem throughout the year.As the photo of the South Bay shows the castle that would dominate this view cannot even be seen. Outside the town it was a sunny June day but in town and the fog lies low. Everything feels damp and it is not pleasant. It lingers too so if you arrive...

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  • Seagulls

    Having a house on a cliff by the Baltic Sea, I thought I was used to seagulls being everywhere but that was until my first visit to Scarborough! Nowhere else have I seen as many seagulls and especially as intrusive. They really run the town and as you can see in the photo, they even nest on houses along Foreshore Road! Therefore, bring earplugs if...

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Scarborough Tourist Traps

  • Terror Towers - utter crap!

    Terror Towers is on the South Bay, among all the amusement arcades. It's a kind of haunted house that you walk round, but it's really, really bad - not remotely scary, and really quick to go round so although it's not really expensive, it certainly isn't value for money. Maybe if you are around 10 you might like it, but otherwise, give it a wide...

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  • Aviod the south beach!

    The south beach is the busiest and hardest to park - it is where all the amusments and shops are - its heaving!!!!!!!!!!!! You would be better to head to the north beach which is slightly quieter then head over to foreshore for a stroll in the evening and a flutter in the amusement.Parking is not great for either beach - there is no parking during...

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  • Aviod the south beach!

    The south beach is probably the busiest and is where you will find all the amusements and shops - it is heaving! You would be better to head to the north beach which is slightly quieter.Parking is not great for either beach - there is no parking during high season on the foreshore road, south beach only a small amount at the peir and parking for...

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Scarborough Off The Beaten Path

  • Bird watching at the RSPB Bempton

    There is a RSPB reserve close to Scarborough at Bempton to the south of the town. Between April and August you can see guillemots, kittiwakes and puffins as you enjoy the wonderful cliff top views. There are 200,000 birds here.The nearest viewing point is accesable be wheelchair but other viewpoints are a problem.It is all free apart from the car...

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  • Ebbertson Hall

    England’s smallest ‘stately home’ is Ebberston Hall. It was built in 1718 in the Palladian style by the noted architect Colin Campbell, who lovingly called it a ‘Rustick Edifice’. On the moors above the village is a Bronze Age burial mound.I am not sure if this is open in 2010 you can see it quite easily from the outside but everytime we have...

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  • Dalby Forest

    About 10 miles from Scarborough is a national forest at Hackness. Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a 'Rigg and Dale' landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau.Entrance to the forest is paid at a...

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Scarborough Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfing

    When there are strong winds, as often in Scarborough, surfers are in heaven. You can just about make out their heads in this picture. Both the South and North beaches can be used and small boards are even for sale in the seaside shops if you don't expect Australian standards :)

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  • Beach life

    Let's face it - this is what most people come for. Some people even stay in the Grand Hotel in the picture (James Herriot of vet fame did during his military service but that was different as it was during the war). If you don't want to splash out on that, just stroll along with the rest of the crowd. Cricket playing families, donkeys and tourists....

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  • Atlantis

    Atlantis is the outdoor swimming and water fun park in the Norh Bay (by Peasholm Park). It always looked a tad cold when I was a kid, and I've never once been in it. Susan says that she has, but can't remember much. These days the pool is heated and boasts two of the country's longest tube slides. Swimming cozzie, towels.

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Scarborough Favorites

  • South Bay beach

    Going for a relaxing walk around South Bay taking in the sea air. We were fortunate to catch some early September sun glinting off the beach at low tide.

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  • When evening comes...

    This photo was taken in January when its not so warm but any time of year its nice to spend the early evening going for a stroll along the sea front or to the harbour to watch the waves come in and the world go by. Before you know it you'll have a beautifull sunset and a lovely image to take to bed.

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  • Sun, Sea, Sand...

    Sun sea and sand, a handy VT guide and friend, what more could a girl want....well chips on the beach of course...a great British seaside tradition!

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