Exploring Scarborough

Scarborough is the largest resort on the Yorkshire shoreline. The town is located on not one, but two bays with a headland in between. The neighborhood around South Bay is called South Cliff.

The seafront of town is a cheesy area with noisy arcades, fish and chips stores and stores for tourists. Parts of the town located on the cliffs and the hills are Victorian in character. Cliff lifts to this day move people from up the hills to the beach just like they did then the town was a preeminent spa destination.

Scarborough is located 35 miles away from York and 253 miles from London. You can get to Scarborough from London by train with a transfer in York.

If you like art, you should check out the Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum. The gallery is rather small and you can see everything in about 15 minutes. The museum was built in 1829 and its history is as interesting as its collections. The museum was originally built for rock collections. It is one of the first museums in England built for a specific purpose. Just like with the art gallery, you will not need a lot of time to see everything in the museum.

The headland between bays was originally a signal station. It has a 12th-century castle that nowadays is partially in ruins.

You are likely to spend more time at Sealife and Marine Sanctuary, the biggest marine animal rescue location in Northeast England. The sanctuary is also home to an aquarium with more than 30 viewing areas. You will be able to see fish, seals, sharks, shrimps, sea otters, sea turtles, and other marine life. There are touch pools for kids where they can play with velvet crabs and starfish.

If you are interested in fishing, you should visit the village of Whitby, located 20 miles north from Scarborough. The village port is an interesting historic destination that has been in use for over 1,000 years.