Scarborough is the
perfect destination for short break or holiday, being located on the Yorkshire coast and the edge
of the North York Moors National Park. At Scarborough you have the added benefit of being able to enjoy a coast and
countryside break at the same time.
As a holiday
destination, Scarborough really does have it all, with sandy beaches, harbour
and historic castle overlooking the bay. There is an abundance of leisure and
family attractions to keep everyone happy.
proximity to the North York Moors National Park, the Yorkshire Wold's and the
dramatic scenery of the Yorkshire Coast makes the seaside town a perfect base from
which to explore this diverse region of Britain. North Yorkshire is considered
one of the UK's most scenic counties.
Britain’s first seaside resort and has been welcoming visitors for over 360
years and is still as popular as ever, whether you are looking for a fun family
getaway, relaxing break or a romantic weekend away.
Bay has a large sandy bay with excellent facilities, child friendly amenities
and is very popular with families. There is a working harbour with a small
fishing fleet and a new marina for yachts and pleasure boats. There are various
boat and fishing trips around the bay and along the coast.
The South Bay Beach
is the busiest of the Scarborough beaches with soft sand and a sheltered bay,
which is a favourite with visitors and locals alike.
The South Bay
Foreshore has numerous amusement arcades and leisure activities, including
donkey rides and a small fun fair with rides and other entertainment. You can
also enjoy fish & chips, Scarborough rock and fudge and an array of seaside
stalls selling traditional delights, such as cockles, mussels, crabs and other
local shell fish caught off the Scarborough & Whitby coast. There are many
cafes and restaurants to eat and relax while on the Yorkshire coast.
The Harbour area is
in the old town and has been at the heart of Scarborough for as
long as it's existed.
The Harbour is made
up of three piers with an outer and inner harbour. The outer harbour is used by
leisure vessels and the inner harbour by fishing and passenger vessels.
From the Harbour
there are various boat trips, were you can sail out on Pleasure
Steamers, take a Speedboat ride, go on the scaled down pirate ship Hispaniola,
take a boat out to see the seals or go on a chartered fishing trip.
Although the fishing
industry had declined over recent years, there is still a small working fleet
sailing in and out of Scarborough and visiting vessels especially Scottish
still use the harbour to land their catch.
There is also a
Lighthouse, which is situated on Vincent Pier. It is operational and flashes a
couple of hours each side of the High Tide.
The North Bay is a
sandy beach with rocky outcrops to the north which become isolated at high tide
and provide rock pool areas at low tide. Ideal if you enjoy looking for small
crabs and other crustaceans. To the south, there is a flat sandy beach area, ideal
for sun bathing and watching the world go by. The beach is used by a wide range
of users, from families through to recreational water sports enthusiasts, with
there being a number of beach chalets available for hire.
The North Bay Beach
is a Blue Flag beach, meaning it is one of the best in Europe for
cleanliness both on the sand and in the water. The beach is away from the road,
with a chalet's along a promenade, which leads to the Sea Life Centre.
NORTH BAY RAILWAY
The North Bay
Railway has been operating trains since 1931, taking passengers from Scalby
Mills (home of the Scarborough Sea Life Centre) to Peasholm Park. The journey
offers scenic views of the North Bay.
Peasholm Park is a
must visit when staying in the Scarborough area. It has a central island with Japanese
Pagoda ornately sitting on top and is surrounded by a lake. A waterfall
cascades from the top of the island and a stream flows down numerous little
waterfalls into lush pools surrounded by some of the biggest variety of trees
and foliage found anywhere in Britain with examples from all over the world.
The narrow valley creates shelter for these exotic species and the Japanese
themed furniture, weeping willow trees, nature trails, picnic benches and
ornaments create a true paradise within the town boundary. You can hire Dragon
or Swan themed pedalos to Paddle around the Island.
Every Monday and
Thursday you can watch 'Naval Warfare', which is a show which features model
ships, manned by people, re-enacting a famous wartime battle, complete with
firing planes, explosions and sinking ships.
The remains of the
Castle dominate the town, strategically positioned on a headland cliff
overlooking North and South Bay. Scarborough Castle is an impressive sight even
if today, only the ruins are visible. The keep and the extensive fortifications
were constructed in the 12th century during the reign of Henry II and was
subjected to sustained cannon fire during the English Civil War and then heavy
shelling by German warships in 1914 which severely damaged the castle leaving
just the present day ruins. Today the castle and grounds are managed by English
Heritage. Facilities for visitors include a tea room, an exhibition area and
OX PASTURE HALL
If you are looking
for a good hotel in Scarborough, they do not get better than Ox Pasture Hall.
This luxury country
house hotel is located in 17 acres of grounds in the North York Moors National
Park, just over 2 miles from Scarborough.
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel has been transformed into a super-luxurious, yet warm friendly country
house hotel, with a choice of luxury accommodation ranging from classic
doubles, deluxe bedrooms, four posters and luxury suites. This stunning country
house hotel is widely regarded as the best of all the Yorkshire Coast hotels
and is consistently rated as one of the top hotels in North Yorkshire.
Ox Pasture Hall has
become the destination of choice for discerning travellers looking to visit
Scarborough, the Yorkshire Coast and North Yorkshire Moors area.