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The largest of Yorkshire’s coastal resorts, Scarborough has long been in the hearts of beach-loving holidaymakers. Find out why…
A trickle of water back in 1626 soon became a flood of visitors as Scarborough’s “healing waters” were promoted to the well-heeled folk of Britain. Early visitors were rolled on to the sands in bathing carts and, a century later, their descendants arrived by rail and rolled off the new-fangled York line. Then came the Grand Hotel, one of the first hotels of its size to be built in Europe.
The spa is now an entertainment venue and ladies no longer need a carriage to preserve their modesty on the beach, but Scarborough continues to delight visitors of all ages.
With an excellent range of cheap Scarborough hotels to check in at and oodles of ways to make precious family memories by the sea, when will you go?
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Old Town is the most historic area of Scarborough. It sits between North Bay and South Bay around the harbour and at the foot of the hill, where the ruins of the 12th-century Scarborough Castle still stand. Due to the area’s long and fascinating past, hotels and guesthouses here are mostly in old buildings that ooze character (and perhaps have a creaky floorboard or two).
Look for cheap hotels in Scarborough in South Bay, the area to the south of the hill and Old Town. This is the place to relive the heyday of Scarborough as a spa destination. The Grand Hotel still welcomes guests who marvel at the incredible Victorian façade. It’s run by Britannia Hotels these days. Further along the Esplanade is the Crown Spa Hotel, another vintage favourite that has withstood the rigours of more than 150 years of North Sea air. Budget hotels and guesthouses in this busy part of town offer good-value stays for fun-seeking families, while quieter North Bay also has a handful of hotel options.
Busy in summer and during school holiday weeks, it’s essential to book your Scarborough hotel as early as possible during these peak holiday periods.
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Break away from the beach, put away your arcade coins and take a look at these top attractions in Scarborough…
Top five attractions
With panoramic views and a wealth of history to uncover (just try to stop the kids performing a staged battle!), the walk up the hill is kindly rewarded. Take tea and cake as an extra prize.
Another North Bay favourite, this brilliant park has been entertaining visitors for more than 100 years. There are boats to hire, squirrels to feed and many laughs to be guffawed out in this oriental-themed attraction.
Sea Life Sanctuary
It’s a 10-minute drive/45-minute walk from South Bay to this popular marine attraction in North Bay, but tired little legs will soon be forgotten when the penguins, sharks and seals appear.
North Bay Railway
With a miniature railway, tram rides and the dizzying heights of the Sky Trail rope adventure, there’s plenty to enjoy on a family day out here.
The well of spa water is no longer accessible, but visitors to this enchanting Victorian spa complex are treated to comedy, theatre and music, plus an enchanting glimpse of days gone by. Film buffs might recognise the Sun Court from “Little Voice”.
Are you going to Scarborough Fair… Art and Music Festival? Find out more about this and other fab events…
Scarborough Fair Art and Music Festival; May: Back in 2016 after a near 20-year break, this diverse festival is held in Cayton Bay, a 10-minute drive to the south of the town centre. There is camping on site, or you can stay in a Scarborough hotel. Book early – it’s the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, when Scarborough is always busy.
Cricket Festival; August: With the thwack of ball on bat being heard since 1876, it’s fair to say that this is one of the most beloved and long-running cricket festivals in the world. Held centrally at the ground in North Marine Road and featuring Yorkshire County Cricket Club, this is a great summer day out, whether you are a cricket fan or not.
Road racing at Oliver’s Mount; April, June, July and September: High-speed riders navigate the twists and turns of Oliver’s Mount during four main race events throughout the year. The track is a short distance from the town.