Lesser known than its sister attraction the Rotunda, Scarborough Art Gallery is well worth a place on your ‘things to do’ list. Also near the train station, the venue houses work by Ernest Dade depicting coastal life in the Victorian era and paintings by landscape specialist Atkinson Grimshaw. A rota of contemporary art exhibitions ensure there's always something new to see.
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The true heart of Scarborough is its old town. A higgledy piggledy collection of streets full of shops and places to stay, the area offers a typical snapshot of a British seaside town. Head up the hill to St Mary’s Church - near the end of Castle Road if you’re walking from Scarborough train station - for great views of the old town and out to sea.
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Aside from being difficult to say in a hurry, ScarboroughHarbour is a key destination for anyone who wants to get to know the town. Right next to the beach and under the gaze of the castle, the harbour is dotted with moored fishing and leisure boats.
The harbour area is also an excellent spot to grab a bite or a drink. The Harbour Bar is a must on the list of things to do in Scarborough, serving delicious ice cream sundaes in a fabulous retro setting.
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On the northern side of the peninsula dominated by Scarborough’s castle is the North Bay area with its range of excellent attractions. As well as the beach, visitors can enjoy a ride along the coastline on the North Bay Railway. Traditional draws such as diners, ice cream vendors and even donkey rides are all on offer too.
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This is the stuff! A home from home, Francis Tea Rooms is a top attraction in Scarborough which serves up fantastic home-cooked fare in a cosy pre-war style setting. Close your eyes and it’s easy to imagine holidaymakers of old flocking here for a cup of tea in a fine china cup transported a world away from their everyday lives. Bring cash, not cards, and leave plenty of room for seconds…
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If you love adventure, it’s time to experience the biggest, the fastest, the wettest, the warmest, the cleanest, the waviest, the newest, the funnest, the most unlike-any-waterpark-you’ve-seen before waterpark.
Attractions include: a gigantic indoor wave pool, indoor splash play area for children, four of the UK’s longest and fastest waterslides, and our signature four-person float, a large garden pool heated 35° and a infinity pool heated 35°
Scarborough & District Open Top Bus
A trip to Scarborough isn't complete without a ride on the open top bus. Enjoy the fresh air while you take in stunning views of the countryside and seafront.
As in previous years Scarbrough Jazz Festival offers high quality entertainment, contrast variety, innovation and much fun! A sparkling array of jazz stars to blow your socks off!
Take in the sea breeze and get up close and personal to the seals. Keep your eyes peeled and you might even catch a puffin or two.
Avast me hearties, the good ship Hispaniola be a third scale model of the illustrious Long John Silver's fine vessel. Make no mistake landlubbers, ye must talk like a pirate while yer aboard!
Birds of Prey Conservation Centre
Not just for the kids, grown ups are spell bound by these majestic beasts too. Dare you to let a falcon perch on your arm.
Scarborough Lifeboat House
The Scarborough lifeboat station has saved over 500 lives since it's foundation in 1801. Pop along to watch an exercise lifeboat launch - check the website for times and dates.
There are 40 miles of coastline for you to fill your lungs with salty air, find quiet spots for picnics or simply stop, take a deep breath and admire the stunning views.
If you're looking for a fright during your visit to Scarborough then visit Terror Tower. A haunted house inspired by the best horror movies featuring a combination of live actors, animated scenes and special effects. An experience not for the faint hearted.