Places

Perfect for families

There's a good reason why Scarborough was probably the world's first seaside resort, and has attracted thousands of families over the past 400 years - it's just perfect for them. Two gorgeous golden beaches - one sparkling with attractions, the other quieter and more nostalgic, with vividly-coloured beach huts - and so much to do and see.

Set sail

Small seafarers will enjoy a trip round the bay on the Hispaniola, Scarborough's very own pirate ship. Alternatively, you can climb aboard one of our two pleasure cruisers, the Coronia or the Regal Lady, both ‘little boats of Dunkirk', take a fascinating boat ride from the harbour to see seals at play, or a high-octane speedboat trip along the coast.

Indoors if wet

Scarborough has many attractions on a rainy day. There's all those tempting amusement arcades along the seafront - who doesn't love the tuppeny waterfalls? - or, if you prefer your entertainment a little more educational, pay a visit to the Rotunda Museum with its stunning interior and fascinating displays on local geology (including resident dinosaur). One of the world's oldest purpose-built museums, the Rotunda is dedicated to the man who helped design it - William Smith, known as the ‘father of English geology'.

Sea for yourself

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, housed in the iconic three pyramids on the North Bay, features an underwater world of thousands of sea creatures including turtles, sharks, otters, seals and penguins: a wonderful and educational afternoon out.