Scarborough

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For other places with the same name, see Scarborough (disambiguation).
Foreshore Road and Seafront

Scarborough [1] is North Yorkshire's third largest town with a population of around 60,000. It is a Victorian spa resort situated on the North Sea coast. Safe sandy beaches and a mineral spa have made Scarborough one of the great Northern seaside resorts. Scarborough also has many luxury hotels such as The Crown Spa Scarborough [2] as well as cheap budget hotels such as The Clifton Hotel Scarborough [3]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

The main route into Scarborough from Yorkshire and the south is the A64 from Leeds and York - a trunk route with a mix of dual- and single-carriageway, it can get very busy during the summer and at weekends. The quickest route is to turn off at the Bridlington junction, then take the scenic route towards Bridlington. The scenery is stunning and will definitely not disappoint.

Other routes are the A170 from Thirsk and Pickering and the coastal routes—the A165 to the south, from Hull and East Yorkshire, and the A171 to the north, from Whitby and Teesside. Again, heavy traffic can be a problem.

Although there is plenty of parking in the town centre, it can get filled up quickly during the summer, and if you are visiting just for the day, you may find it easiest to use the Park and Ride at Weaponness, clearly signposted as you approach the town centre.

A daily, continuous Park and Ride service operates throughout the year from two sites, one on Filey Road for traffic from the south and the second on Seamer Road for traffic from the west [4]

By train[edit]

TransPennine Express run an hourly fast train service to York, Leeds and Manchester, with onward connections to the rest of the country. Northern Rail run a less frequent service down the coast to Bridlington and Hull.

By bus[edit]

Arriva run an hourly service from Middlesbrough, Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay, with additional services to Whitby during the summer (timetable for 93).

For passengers on a budget, National Express run a coach once daily from London.

Coastliner run an hourly bus to York and Leeds (timetable for 843 [5]), and EYMS run an hourly bus to Bridlington and Hull (timetable for 121 [6]). These are slower than the train services, but are cheaper.

Get around[edit]

Some of the attractions in Scarborough are along the seafront, some are in the town centre a short walk inland up the steep main road. When you get to either area everything will be easily walkable for most people. There are regular buses [7] if you don't feel like walking.

There is an extensive local bus service [8] serving all areas of the town and nearby villages, using modern low-floor buses, operated by Scarborough & District.

Although the town is an ideal size to cycle around, much of it is quite hilly, so less fit cyclists may find it a challenge.

See[edit]

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  • Harbour and fish quay
  • Oliver's Mount
  • Anne Brontë's Grave

Do[edit]

The Castle headland divides the coast into two bays, each different in character. South Bay is developed, and you'll find amusement arcades, a funfair, the harbour, the Spa complex, donkey rides, and all the colour of a traditional English seaside resort. North Bay, by contrast, is relatively undeveloped and is quieter.

  • The Stephen Joseph Theatre is one of the few theatres outside London where new plays are reviewed in the national newspapers, and is where all of local resident Sir Alan Ayckbourn's plays are premiered.
  • Walk around... The cobbled street next to the Futurist Theatre on the Foreshore has beautiful art work on the walls. Other walks you should do include the Italian Gardens on the South Bay, just off the Esplanade. Walk up and around Oliver's Mount, which offers spectacular views around the town. A walk to the castle offers rewarding views of both North and South Bay, as well as being able to view the grave of Anne Brontë in St. Mary's churchyard (the only Bronte not to be buried in Haworth).
  • Jump on one of the Open Top buses which travel from the Spa to Peasholm Park to enjoy the entire seafront and Castle headland.
  • Scarborough's popular miniature railway travels from Peasholm to Scalby Mills around the newly revamped (2010) Open Air Theatre. With tunnels, bridges and stations, it's just like a normal train service, just smaller.

One Day Trips from Scarborough[edit]

  • North of Scarborough. Robin Hood`s Bay and Whitby Abbey

drive or take the 93 bus to Robin Hood`s Bay and take a walk to Whitby Abbey - it`s a beautiful six miles` long walk along the coast, part of the Cleveland Way; bus 93 goes back from Whitby Abbey all the way down to Scarborough

  • West of Scarborough. Helmsley Castle and Rivaulx Abbey

drive or take the 128 bus from Scarborough to Helmsley; take a walk from Helmsley Castle to Rivaulx Abbey and go back the same way - it`s a nice walk through Yorkshire Moors National Park, also part of the Cleveland Way; 3 miles each way

  • South of Scarborough. Bempton Cliffs

drive or take the train from Scarborough to Bempton; the Bempton Cliffs Reserve is a scenic place full of beautiful birds called gannets; thirty minutes walk from Bempton railway station

Buy[edit]

Rock - preferably pink with "Scarborough" written in it.

  • North of Scarborough. Robin Hood`s Bay and Whitby Abbey

drive or take the 93 bus to Robin Hood`s Bay and take a walk to Whitby Abbey - it`s a beautiful six miles` long walk along the coast, part of the Cleveland Way; bus 93 goes back from Whitby Abbey all the way down to Scarborough

Eat[edit]

The Harbour Bar on the foreshore, South Bay, has the best icecream in town (for summer). Its fantastic, kitsch yet completely genuine 1930s ice-cream parlour and coffee shop that also serves horlicks, hot chocolate,Bovril drinks and an assortment of snacks (just what you need to warm you up after a walk on the sea-front on a cold winters day). It is restored to its original form every ten years or so at great expense.

For good fish and chips, you should try Mother Hubbards or Wackers in the town center but all the fish and chip shops are reasonably good. Cafe Fish on York Place is also excellent. Small Fry on North Street (behind the Post Office) is excellent, fries in vegetable oil, but is closed Saturday night and Sundays.

Coffee at its best - Roasters . Fully qualified Barista and boy it shows. mmm.. coffee

The Cask public house at the south end of Valley Bridge offers good quality meals at reasonable prices.

For a world renowned restaurant, try the Lanterna on Queen Street. Difficult to get in, but serves quality Italian food.

Florios, on Aberdeen Walk is a popular, and very busy, Italian restaurant.

Scarborough has a number of Indian restaurants, the Indian Rose on Victora Road and the Scarborough Tandoori on St. Thomas Street are two of the most popular.

Cafe Heart, at the side of the market on Eastborough offers a fabulous selection of smoothies, juices and thick continental hot chocolate along with toasties, pittas and sandwiches with a continental flavour (closed Sundays).

  • Francis Tea Room7 South Street, Ramshill. This is a lovely old fashioned tea house serving delicious Cakes and scones. Each table partitioned off for privacy and provides for a great atmosphere. The staff are very helpful and it is not expensive with cake and tea for under 6 pounds

http://www.scarborougheveningnews.co.uk/cafetasters/THIS-WEEK-FRANCIS-TEAROOMS-SOUTH.3982691.jp

Sleep[edit]

There are a vast number of hotels and guest houses ranging from three/four star hotels to small guest houses. Get in touch with the local tourist office and they'll send you a list.

Alternatively you could try:

  • Merry Hotel. Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Hotel located near all main attractions and Scarborough's seaside.
  • The Paragon. Scarborough bed and breakfast with panoramic sea views, 4 star, 10 minutes from the shops and cafes, 5 minutes from the award winning, clean and sandy beach at north bay. “Lovely B&B, wonderful hosts, huge locally sourced breakfast".
  • Raven Hall. Ravenscar, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0ET, 01723 870353. Raven Hall’s Country House Hotel is located just a short distance from the seaside town of Scarborough.
  • Ingrid Flute Holiday Cottages. Have a range of cottages, flats and houses available for rent in and around Scarborough, Whitby the North Yorkshire Moors.

Go next[edit]

If you're having an extended stay in the coastal town and it's nice weather get out on your bike and visit Forge Valley woods, or cycle part of the old railway route to Whitby.

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