Scarborough first pulled holidaymakers to its Victorian seaside resort during the 17th century, where before that it was a fishing port and hosted the Scarborough Fair, a market that lasted for six weeks and attracted merchants from all across Europe. In the middle of the 19th century, the railway arrived which brought an influx of tourists to Scarborough and the surrounding area. The Grand Hotel, spa buildings and the cliff funiculars followed soon after. If you’re looking for that touch of class, Scarborough is the seaside destination for you, and to help with what to do while you’re there, we’ve created this guide.
One of the best things about Scarborough is that its harbour is a working fishing port that sits under the castle’s promontory. You can stroll along the old pier to get a closer look at the lighthouse while nibbling on a lobster sandwich or explore Sandside, a stretch of broad pavement that is lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. The lighthouse was originally built in 1806 but due to bombardment at the start of WW1, it had to be reconstructed, though it’s still stunning to look at.
The remnants of Scarborough Castle were originally a Bronze Age hill fort and, during the fourth century, were used as a signal station by the Romans. The well-preserved stone wall that sits on the castle’s headland was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and, to access the baileys, you need to pass through a fortified gateway.
Peasholm Park is an oriental style park that is a treasured part of Scarborough. Within the park, you can wander through a beautiful Japanese Garden, go on the Peasholm Glen Tree Trail that has exotic tree species and listen to regular brass band concerts.
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