The first resort

Stunning scenery, two glorious beaches, loads to do and see - is it any wonder that people have been flocking to Scarborough, believed to be the world's first seaside resort, for nearly 400 years now?

Fun for all the family

Scarborough is the perfect place for a family holiday, whatever your budget. A day on the beach - building sandcastles, paddling, feeling the sand between your toes, ice cream and candy floss, donkey rides - it's good old-fashioned fun for all the family.

And Scarborough offers twice as much beach as most holiday resorts, with its two bays, each with its own very different character - the South Bay glitters with amusement arcades, ice cream parlours and shellfish stalls, while the quieter North Bay, just a 20-minute walk around the glorious Marine and Albert Drives, or ten-minute ride on one of the regular open-topped buses away, offers a more relaxing and nostalgic day out.

Scarborough’s historic past

Scarborough has so much to offer the heritage buff or culture vulture. There's been a settlement of some sort on the natural vantage point of the Castle Headland since Roman times - and you can still explore the magnificent 12th century Scarborough Castle. The town played a key part in the development of modern geology - visit the circular Rotunda Museum to find out why. And 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'.

History and heritage

The magnificent Scarborough Castle towers over the town, overlooking the two sweeping bays. The spectacular ruins are in the care of English Heritage, and provide a stunning backdrop for re-enactments.

Beside the seaside

Scarborough has the beach for you, whether you prefer the glitz and glitter of amusement arcades in the South Bay, or the quieter, more nostalgic, North Bay with its glorious rainbow of beach huts and fascinating Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary.

Outdoor events

Scarborough boasts Europe's largest open air theatre. Set in glorious gardens in the North Bay, the theatre has hosted acts including Elton John, Kiri te Kanawa, Boyzone, Status Quo, McBusted and Jessie J. Keep an eye on their website for regular additions to the programme.

Victorian lifts and miniature steam trains

Scarborough has two much-loved Victorian funicular lifts, one of which was the first cliff tram in England. A ride in one is a must for visitors to the town - and a boon for getting up and down those steep cliffs. Lovers of vintage transport will also want to ride on the North Bay Minature Railway, one of the oldest in the country, which transports visitors in style from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills.


The two types of seagulls breeding within the borough are herring gulls and kittiwakes.  Click here for some information and practical advice on how best to tackle the challenges that arise due to these birds, within the laws that are designed to protect birds