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Scarborough is best known for the song by Simon and Garfunkel titled “Scarborough Fair,” and there’s a very good reason that this love song takes place in Scarborough. A romantic English town by the seaside, there is plenty of charm and whimsy to keep all visitors entertained and enchanted when they visit, whether it’s for a weekend or a week.
With two sandy beaches, a steam train, the North York Moors, and even offshore seal colonies that are definitely worth the visit, there is always something in Scarborough new to discover.
The North Bay makes up the old part of town and is the main area of interest for visitors from out of town, with its extensive array of restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutique shops. The sight of the original medieval settlement and harbour, this place is perfect for those who are looking for a city-escape with plenty of nightlife and day-fun on the beachfront promenades. There are plenty of bed and breakfasts as well as small boutique hotels in this area that are perfect for catering to your every need while you are on holiday.
South Bay is of course, south of North Bay and is traditionally the more peaceful and resort-heavy side of the town. Home to Peasholm park, a traditional Japanese garden that has been recently restored, and there are reenactments of naval battles that take place on the boating lake near here every summer. We recommend one of the smaller resorts or vacation rentals here, both being slated towards spa experiences that will definitely leave travelers feeling relaxed and pampered.
For being outdoors, we highly recommend Peasholm Park for its beautiful pagoda and lovely walking paths, perfect for visitors with children or couples. Taking a walk along either Scarborough beach or around the base of Scarborough castle will also delight visitors. Scarborough beach is one of the best sand beaches in England, and the castle, while in ruins, is still climbable via stairs and offers visitors a beautiful view of the surrounding land and sea.
Scarborough also offers plenty of museums and historical attractions. Two of our favorites is the Scarborough Fair museum, which offers visitors a glimpse of the former glory and ‘best of’ the Scarborough Fair. If automation is your thing, the oldest diesel-run train in Europe is in Scarborough, and tourists can ride this beautiful train through the North York countryside for a taste of yesterday’s delight.
Scarborough is a really popular destination for visitors traveling with children, there are plenty of parks and attractions available for them to participate in such as the Playdale Fun Park, the Sealife Sanctuary with its host of seals and other seaside animals, and the super fun Alpamare Waterpark.
The summer is the best time to visit Scarborough, with mild temperatures and a drier climate than is to be expected in the winter months. Visitors should expect that springs will generally be a little more wet, and that the winters here are unpredictable. Also, because Scarborough has a very seasonal economy, be prepared to find some attractions closed for the winter season and that many of the outdoor activities such as markets, surfing, or boat excursions may not be available.