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This historic seaside town, renowned for its striking mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture, is one of the UK’s top tourist destinations. And it’s easy to see why. Fantastic shopping. White-sand beaches. Breathtaking countryside. Whether you’re looking for a romantic break, a surfing holiday or some quality family time, Scarborough suits all tastes.
Hourly TransPennine Express services run to Scarborough and when you arrive, you’ll find that buses operate outside and close to the station, with unlimited travel available when you buy a Plusbus ticket with your train ticket for £2.70 (£1.80 with a Railcard). There’s also a taxi rank at the station entrance.
Peasholm Park is a beautiful British park with a distinctly oriental theme. Featuring waterfalls, pagodas and an abundance of friendly wildlife, wandering here is just one of the great things to do in Scarborough. As well as the park, don’t miss the Stephen Joseph Theatre. This iconic northern venue is best known for hosting the world premieres of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays, and guarantees an intimate night out. Beautiful Scarborough Castle is another must. Dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, it’s the perfect backdrop for a family picnic or some fun and games on the green.
You know you’re on your holidays when you have an ice cream on the seafront. For a choice of 28 delicious flavours, visit super cool Chill at Planet Ice Cream. Meanwhile, if you want to experience a traditional set of tea and cakes in a gorgeous setting, head to the Francis Tea Rooms – you’re sure to be delighted by the generous servings. Finally, Lanterna Ristorante is a Yorkshire institution. For almost 40 years, this Italian eatery has drawn praise for its exceptional cuisine from locals and food critics alike.
Don't forget to pack your cossie and make a trip to the brand new Alpamare waterpark. Here you’ll find a gigantic indoor wave pool, a splash play area for kids, and 4 of the UK’s longest and fastest waterslides. If you fancy yourself as the next Willy Wonka, head to Amelia’s Chocolate, where you can take part in a workshop and test out your chocolatier skills. (And maybe even sample a few of the tasty wares.) Anyone visiting Scarborough shouldn’t miss the Old Town. A higgledy piggledy collection of streets full of shops, it’s a delightful slice of British seaside life.
Your Scarborough shopping trip should start, gently, at Bar Street. It's a pretty cobbled lane full of independent shops and cafés. Buy a few keepsakes, then stop and put your feet up with a cup of Yorkshire tea. Or why not spend the afternoon browsing at the Antiques and Collectors Centre? Here you’ll find a treasure trove of rare and unusual gifts, from military badges to antique silverware. At Brunswick Shopping Centre, the UK high street comes to the seaside – all the major brands are present and correct.
For more ideas on what to do in Scarborough, visit Discover Yorkshire.