Essential Scarborough

With two outstanding beaches, a wide range of indoor and outdoor attractions and stunning scenery, it’s no surprise that visitors have been flocking to Britain’s first seaside resort for hundreds of years for their coastal break.

Fun for all the family

If you are looking for a seaside holiday fit for all the family, Scarborough is the place for you. Spend the day at one of the two stunning beaches where you can build sandcastles, enjoy donkey rides and grab some fish and chips for lunch followed by ice cream.

Both of Scarborough’s picturesque bays are worth visiting, each with their own charming character. In the South Bay, you’ll find the seafront sparkling with the bright lights of amusement arcades and ice cream parlours. Just a short 20-minute walk or a 10-minute open-top bus around the iconic Marine Drive and you’ll find yourself in the North Bay. Lined with vibrant rainbow coloured beach chalets, the North Bay is also home to the Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, North Bay Railway and Scarborough Sky Trail Adventure and The Open Air Theatre which attracts world famous musical acts.

Scarborough’s Historical past & Heritage

The history of Scarborough is fascinating and there is so much discover from the medieval castle to the development of modern geology. Explore the iconic Scarborough Castle as it looks above the town with panoramic views and delve into the 3,000 year history of the spectacular ruins. The castle provides a stunning backdrop for the numerous English Heritage events such as jousting tournaments and re-enactments.

Not forgetting about the incredible geology heritage on the Yorkshire Coast which you can learn more about and get interactive at The Rotunda Museum. The museum itself is worth visiting just for the remarkable unique circular building which opened 1829 as one of the first purpose-built museums.

The Open Air Theatre

Scarborough is home to Europe's largest open air theatre. Steps away from the North Bay, the theatre has hosted some incredible world famous acts including Elton John, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Little Mix and Tom Jones. In addition, the Open Air Theatre hosts seasonal events such as the Scarborough Sparkle Christmas Event. Keep an eye on the Open Air Theatre’s website for updates on the highly anticipated programme.

An Evening at the theatre

Don't miss a visit to the Stephen Joseph Theatre, described by no less than the New York Times as 'a mecca for admirers of first-rate, frill-free acting'. The world renowned theatre-in-the-round has seen over 80 world premieres from first class play write Alan Ayckbourn whose roots began in Scarborough at the Theatre.

Scarborough Spa also hosts a bevy of exciting shows from comedians, musicals, themed evenings and pantomimes. Festivals and fairs have also taken place at the Victorian Spa Complex with the annual Sci-Fi Festival attracting thousands of fans hoping to meet a host of famous stars from productions such as Doctor Who, Star Wars and Harry Potter. During the summer months, The Scarborough Spa Orchestra takes centre stage in the Sun Court where there are daily concerts.

Victorian lifts and Miniature Railways

Take a ride on one of the two much-loved Victorian funicular lifts in Scarborough making the journey up and down the cliffs easy! Central Tramway is a convenient passageway from the town centre to the beachfront whilst you can visit the UK’s first funicular at the Spa Cliff Lift which opened in 1875.

Another exciting attraction not to be missed is the North Bay Miniature Railway; this vintage locomotive is one of the oldest in the country. Travel in style from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills whilst taking in beautiful views of the North Bay.

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