Great Reasons to Holiday in Scarborough


… Although the town now only honors this age-old tradition by hosting a fairground in September , the seaside town has long been a great place to holiday and it’s easy to see why. Located on the north east coast of England in Yorkshire, it has been a popular beach resort since the 1700’s, and truly became a hotspot to visit with the introduction of railway to the town in the late 1800’s. And it’s still a great place to visit today, with 2 sandy beaches in the north and south end of the town and a whole host of activities and entertainment to enjoy.

Whether strolling along the sandy beaches or the promenade, eating a stick of rock, trying some local fish and chips or experiencing any of the numerous local attractions that call your attention, there is definitely something for everyone. Here are just some of the reasons why Scarborough is a great place to holiday:

Historical Attractions in Scarborough Town

The history of the town dates back 3000 years, from the Iron Age, to the arrival of the Romans, to the First World War and beyond. And there are plenty of historical attractions to visit where you can learn about Scarborough’s varied history.


hosts stunning views of the Yorkshire Coastline, where you can stop to take in both the North and South Bays of the town from the Master Gunners house. Whether you visit the ruins of the Roman signal tower or just relax in the grounds, it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon!


is also worth a visit. Aside from being the famous burial place of Anne Bronte in 1849, it originally dates back to the 12th Century and has been rebuilt many times, making it an important piece of Scarborough’s history.


is Grade II listed building, which hosts live music entertainment and exhibitions. Located on Scarborough’s spa waters, it seats 2000 people and is well worth visiting to watch a live performance if you get the chance. However in itself, the beautiful Victorian architecture makes it more than worthwhile visiting just to taking a look.


has been a famous Scarborough landmark for 150 years and once used to be the biggest hotel in Europe. Visiting the hotel can again give you a sense of Scarborough’s history, in taking a look at the unique architecture, the grandeur of the ballrooms or enjoying a meal or afternoon tea at the hotel restaurant, while enjoying the seaside views.


is the oldest tramway system left in the UK. Trams run from the north side of the town at the Marine Parade to the South Bay, and offer a unique way to see the town, as well as a look into the town’s past.

Scarborough Outdoors

There are a number of ways to enjoy the outdoors at Scarborough, other than walking along the beautiful sandy beaches and enjoying the ocean views of course! You can go horseriding on the beach, rent bikes or take a biking tour along the coast. Surfing, wind sailing and kitesailing are also popular activities in the area. And there are number of quality, beautiful golf courses too.

Scarborough’s Local Food

As with any English seaside town, fish and chips on the seafront at scarborough are a must if you want to try some real local fayre and experience. However, there are many other options available for you to get a taste of what Scarborough has to offer. Whether you fancy trying a steak pie from a local café or dining on something a bit fancier, Scarborough’s restaurants have everything to offer for families, couples or singles from afternoon tea to fine evening dining.

Family Attractions at Scarborough

Scarborough is without a doubt a fabulous place to go on holiday with a family and there are literally tons of attractions to keep the parents and the children busy! Try


which is home to a locally discovered Bronze Age skeleton and offers a variety of exhibitions aimed at families and children. Go to the


where you can enjoy old fashioned fairground rides, or check out the vintage car and steam roller collection. A lovely summer’s day is perfect for exploring


in the North Bay, with it’s beautiful park grounds, streams and ponds. Why not try out one of the pedaloes with dragon heads or steer a Swan launch boat through one of the ponds, before relaxing with a picnic to listen to music from one of the bandstands around the park.


located on the North Bay is a great place for children to see over 50 types of marine life, as well as enjoy Europe’s only Penguin walkthrough. And if the children need some more active entertainment, you can get their adrenlin flowing at the Scarborough.


adventure or


haunted house.

Places to Stay

Scarborough offers a wide variety of accomadation for all tastes and needs, from B&Bs or Guesthouses to large hotels, so you are sure to find a great place to stay. However, if you want a truly original experience, why not try


just outside Scarborough. The 200 acre property offers B&B and holiday cottages that are family and pet friendly, in beautiful rolling countryside, as well as a working Yorkshire Farm and farmshop. A perfect compliement to your visit to the Yorkshire coast!


Places to Visit near Scarborough

As if Scarborough didn’t already offer enough to keep you entertained, it is situated in close proximity to other towns worth visiting on the Yorkshire coast. The smaller coastal towns of




are both less than 20 miles from Scarborough and offer their own unique charm to visitors.


hosts sandy beaches that are family friendly and is a great place for walking or cycling.


is another quieter option, perfect for walking, bird watching and popular for surfing. So whatever your interests, Scraborough is a perfect destination for visiting surrounding places on the Yorkshire Coast.

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