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

  • Open Air Theatre

    Scarborough first had an open air theatre built in 1932 but by the 1980s this had fallen in to disrepair but in May 2010 the Queen opened the towns new open air theatre which opened to the public in July 2010. When it opens it will be Europe's largest open air theatre.The 2010 season started with the first ever concert with Jose Carreas and Kiri Te...

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  • THE FUNICULAR

    This is the oldest surviving tramway in the UK. It was built in 1881 by the Central Tramway Company, the same company that owns and runs the tram today.The tram runs each day at the South Shore between Marine Parade at the top of the hill and the beach.The tram operates between February and October each year with three months off for maintenance.It...

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  • Scarborough Castle

    The castle stands high above the town and the headland between the two bays with sheer drops to the sea with only a narrow approach from the town near St Marys. Specially constructed viewing platforms on the battlements offer panoramic views.Before the castle was built prehistoric settlers settled here and later the Romans built a signal station...

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  • Grand Hotel

    I include this as Things to Do tip as this hotel has many important and historical aspects - it is worth examining as a place of interest in its own right.This site was originally the lodgings in Scarborough for the Brontes and the house was called Woods Lodgings - Anne Bronte died here in 1849. A plaque on the wall commemorates this.The Grand...

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  • The Spa Bridge

    One of the most impressive bridges in England - it was built because there was quite a deep descent to the sea-front from the St. Nicholas Cliff area of the town and a link across the valley to the town centre was needed.In 1826 a new company, The Cliff Bridge Company, leased the Spa from the corporation and in order to maximise its commercial...

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  • The Rotunda

    The Rotunda is Scarboroughs town museum - open 10.00 to 17.00 (but not Mondays). Admission is £4.00 and under 18s are free.The website has details of exhibitions.

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Scarborough Restaurants

  • 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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  • The second best fish and chips in town

    The second best place for fish and chips in Scarborough is Wackers. Mother Hubbards wins by a whisker but do not pass Wackers by - in fact it is better than its competitor in the way it is air conditioned and is on the ground floor - there are no stairs to climb.The fish and chips are very good but perhaps not as good as my first choice - Wackers...

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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

  • 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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  • Yorkshire Coast Day Ranger

    This ticket allows visitors to explore the Yorkshire coast at a reduced price. Available on the Arriva bus service to Whitby and the whole of the Scarborough to Hull line the cost is for one days unlimited travel £19.00, reduction with a railcard £12.55, child £9.50, family £38. (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

  • 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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  • North Bay Views

    The North Bay of Scarborough is less developed for the tourists but the views across the sands to the castle ruins on the hill above the harbour are lovely - even with threatening rain clouds above.

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Englands biggest minature railway
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Moors Bus
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Sea front buses
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Scarborough Spa Express
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Save your legs when climbing up from the prom!
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Seamer station
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The Lifeboat Station
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St Marys
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Park and ride
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The Barbican
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ancient site
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Sand sculptures
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Peasholme Park
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Sea Life Centre
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Spa Footbridge
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The Train service from Midland Mainline
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Betton Farm
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The Diving Bell statue
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Scarborough Lighthouse
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Beautiful gardens on South Bay
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In Dalby forest
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At the top of Olivers Mount
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Traditional farmhouse tea garden
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Excellent Fish & Chips
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Old Town
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South Bay Beach
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Spa Bridge
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North Bay
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Classy cafe in a busy street
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Classic ice cream parlour
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Castle
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Rotunda
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Lighthouse
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Harbour
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South Bay
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Sir George Cayleys house
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Eden Camp
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A day trip to Thornton-le-Dale
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A Day trip to Filey
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South cliff,Italian gardens and clock tower!!
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