Scarborough Tourist Information
Scarborough was Britain's first seaside resort, with visitors flocking to the town to take its mineral waters as long ago as the 1660s. By 1736 the first bathing machines were rolling across the sands to enable bathers to retain their modesty whilst taking a dip.
Things have moved on a little since then, though Scarborough still has something of a traditional seaside town to it, and is the ideal place for family holidays, with plenty of activities for kids of all ages.
Scarborough has two extensive bays - North Bay and South Bay - both with sandy beaches. The bays are overlooked by the remains of a fine castle mounted on a headland which separates the two beaches.
The playwright Alan Ayckbourn still lives and works in the town, and the Stephen Joseph Theatre (Britain's first theatre-in-the-round - where the audience sit on all sides of a central stage) has premièred most of his 72 plays.
Some visitors choose to come to Scarborough the old-fashioned way, by steam train from York.
If you - or your kids - love animals, then Scarborough has so much to offer, including the RSPB centre at nearby Bempton Cliffs, the Sealife and Marine Sanctuary, a bee farm, a Birds of Prey Conservation Centre, as well as boat trips to view the seals on Casty Rocks.
And there's a plethora of interesting buildings and churches, museums and galleries, arcades, fairs and amusement parks, and plenty of gardens - including one for blind people (but not only blind people) with specially chosen strongly-scented flowers.
Interesting fact: Scarborough Railway Station has - at 139 metres - the longest seat in any railway station in the world.
Things to do in Scarborough:
Peasholm Park (oriental themed park)
Oliver's Mount Races
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Valley Gardens, Scarborough
Little Hoppers Adventure World
Luna Park Funfair
Rotunda William Smith Museum of Geology
Royal Albert Park
Scarborough Art Gallery
Scarborough Pleasure Steamers
Honey Park Farm
Hispaniola sea cruise
North Bay Miniature Railway
Scarborough Sealife and Marine Sanctuary
Betton Farm Visitor Centre
Scarborough RNLI Lifeboat House
MV Queensferry seal trips
Shuttleworth Garden for the Blind
Birds Of Prey & Conservation Centre, East Ayton, Scarborough
RSPB Bempton Cliffs