A classic coastal resort that has heaps to offer for families and couples alike, Scarborough offers a dramatic shoreline and is surrounded by spectacular scenery. From its craggy castle headland to its chocolate box higgle-piggle of coastal cottages to its close proximity to the sweeping North Yorkshire Moors, we can see why visitors have been frequenting this picturesque seaside town for 400 years.
With around 45 miles of coastline to discover by foot or bicycle and numerous attractions, there’s something for everyone with a Scarborough beach holiday. You’ll find here everything you’d expect from a traditional British seaside resort including a miniature railway, a boating lake in nearby Peasholm Park, a pier complete with lighthouse, harbours bustling with fishing and leisure vessels, an RNLI lifeboat station – and of course plenty of opportunities for seafood snacks and ice cream along the way. There’s even Rotunda the William Smith Museums of Geology and the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre if you want to find out how this coastal gem came about.
While Scarborough’s award-winning beaches – South Bay is an expanse of soft sand and calm sheltered waters; North Bay is a super-clean blue flag beach that’s ideal for swimmers; tranquil Cayton Bay is flanked by forest with a soundtrack of birdsong; and Cornelian Bay is a heavenly hideaway with rock pools aplenty – are a huge draw for bathers, surfers and sailors alike, there’s still plenty to do indoors if the sun’s not got its hat on.
Staying with the amazing aqua theme that this beautiful bay inspires, why not visit SEA LIFE Scarborough where sharks and rays lie in wait and penguins and turtles splash about? Duck beneath the waves and experience life through ocean creatures’ eyes and visit the patients at Yorkshire’s Seal Hospital. This is a great all-weather option for the entire family. For some aqua action, the Alpamare Waterpark should be on your to-do list. With an array of slides and pools that offer views over the North Sea, you can’t go wrong.
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