Scarborough & Local Area
Scarborough was one of the first UK seaside holiday resorts and is now the largest resort on the Yorkshire Coast. The population is said to be around 61,000 permanent residents (known as ‘Scarborians’) and this expands to double the size in the peak holiday season. The town rises steeply from the sea up to 70m above sea level. The older part of the town lies on the castle headland which protects the historic harbour in the south bay.
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Coastwatch Cottage is situated in the old town and overlooks the harbour, the marina and the South Bay. The cottage is a great base to explore miles of coastal paths and marvel at the stunning scenery and visit nearby favourites, such as Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Staithes. Your holiday could also include visits to the North York Moors National Park, ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘James Herriot’ country and a ride on the steam driven North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Scarborough’s 12th century castle perches high above the cottage on a rocky outcrop and is well worth the climb as from here you can see both the North and South bays. Scarborough’s sandy beaches are a firm favourite with families with a range of seafront entertainment - donkey rides, amusements, gift and sweet shops, ice-cream parlours, fish and chips, pubs and cafes. Scarborough’s North Bay also includes a cinema, Sea Life Centre, Water Park, the North Bay Railway and Peasholm Park with an open air theatre and a boating lake. Tourists can take a fishing boat trip out to sea, a pleasure steamer ride or a speed boat trip around the bay from the harbour.
You might want to time your holiday to visit the twice yearly Scarborough Vintage Fair, Armed Forces Day (including an air show), Seafest Maritime Festival, Scarborough Regatta or the Cricket Festival. Scarborough is a hub for surfers and there is also an annual Surfing Festival.
The town of Scarborough is a great place for shopping with the traditional Market Hall and Vaults (including antiques, vintage and collectables) and many independent shops and boutiques, as well as the high street, charity shops and the Brunswick Shopping Centre.
Oliver’s Mount is a short distance from the town and offers impressive views and is the site of a motorcycle racing circuit; the only street circuit in England. Scarborough Mere is a nearby country park offering mere-side and woodland walks.