The town was founded in 966 by Thorgils Skarthi, a Viking raider, but there was a 4th century Roman signal station on the Castle Headland and evidence of settlers 2,500 years ago.
What to see:
Don’t miss Scarborough Castle that was built by Henry II. Visit the old harbour and fish quay where you might see trawlers unloading their catch. For the literary-minded, pay homage to Anne Bronte who was buried in St. Mary’s churchyard. Art lovers might want to visit Scarborough Art Gallery in its Italianate villa. It holds a collection of historic and contemporary art and there are often exhibitions on tour.
Scarborough is one of Britain’s oldest seaside resorts. As well as the impressive Castle Headland, some of the most beautiful beaches can be found here.
Things to do:
Regular performances of drama are held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre which was originally founded in 1955 by Stephen Joseph. All of local resident Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s plays have been premiered here. Europe’s largest open air theatre, Scarborough Open Air Theatre has played host to Elton John and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
South Bay is where you’ll find all the fun of the seaside, with amusement arcades, a funfair, the harbour, the Spa complex and donkey rides. North Bay is much quieter. You can walk along cobbled streets on the Foreshore to see the art work on the walls, or take a stroll to the Italian Gardens on the South Bay, or go up to Oliver’s Mount which offers great views around the town. A walk to the castle offers lovely sea views of both North and South Bay. If you’d rather not walk, take an Open Top bus along the seafront to Castle Headland. Alternatively, a miniature railway can take you from Peasholm to Scalby Mills and around the Open Air Theatre. Or go for a cruise on Scarborough Pleasure Steamers, historic little ships that were part of the D Day Flotilla. Special sunset cruises run throughout summer from the harbour.
Not far outside of Scarborough, Robin Hood`s Bay and Whitby Abbey are interesting day-trips. There are six miles of beautiful coast path walk, part of the Cleveland Way. Helmsley Castle and Rivaulx Abbey are not far west of Scarborough and you can walk between the two through the Yorkshire Moors National Park, also part of the Cleveland Way (3 miles each way).
Trains come cross-country from Liverpool, Manchester, Blackpool, Leeds, Huddersfield and York as well as north-south from London, Newcastle and Edinburgh to York where you can get a Transpennine Express train to Scarborough.
With over fifty chippies to choose from, this is THE home of fish and chips. It’s true, fish really does taste better by the sea! Ice cream is also a speciality. At the 1930s ice-cream parlour, Harbour Bay, you can indulge in some of the biggest ice creams you’re ever likely to see.
Almost a Yorkshire institution, La Laterna Ristorante has stood at the same site for over forty years and serves high quality Italian food. Forget it if you’re after pizza as this is the place to come for game, risotto, pasta, and the Lanterna’s speciality, truffles.
Where to stay?
Eighteenth century and Grade II Listed, The Windmill is the last surviving windmill in the centre of Scarborough and has nine ensuite courtyard rooms , a couple of suites in The Windmill itself and two self-catering cottages.
For dramatic views across the sea, Raven Hall Country House Hotel is located 600 feet above sea level overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay. With a full range of amenities, the hotel also has a nine-hole cliff-side golf course, tennis courts, games room and heated indoor swimming pool. Eight Finnish lodges that have been designed with the environment in mind supplement the 52 rooms in this historic and quality hotel.