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Scarborough in General
Member Name: SusanLesley
Scarborough in General
Date: 16/08/01, updated on 16/08/01 (134 review reads)
Advantages: Bracing air, Lots to do, Good base
Disadvantages: Can get crowded in high season
Scarborough is a resort situated on the north east coast of England in the county of Yorkshire. It is a spa and fishing town with twin bays connected by a coast road, which winds its way around the foot of the cliff on the top of which stand the ruins of Scarborough Castle.
The south part of the town is centred on the harbour and is the more commercialised of the two parts.
The harbour itself is well used by both fishing vessels and pleasure craft. There are lots of slot machine arcades, cafes and pubs all along the harbour side, making for a busy atmosphere in the summer. There is also a small child’s funfair next to the harbour.
At the far south of this part of the town is the Grand Hotel standing majestically on the cliff top. Beneath this, accessible from the lower promenade, is the main theatre of Scarborough.
The shopping area is situated behind the Grand Hotel and is a good mix of High Street favourites and seaside gift shops. There is a decent sized branch of Tesco's in the town centre, which is ideal if you're self-catering. You can get good value and still collect your Clubcard points on holiday!!
The north part of the town is altogether quieter being centred on a lovely park with landscaped gardens and a stream.
The buses from the south part of town drop off and turn round here for the journey back again, so everything is easily accessible, whichever part of Scarborough you’re staying in.
There is a fun fair set back off the front, again in gardens so it doesn't spoil the look of the promenade. It has a good variety of rides for young and not so young alike, with a chair lift from one end to the other, which gives lovely views out across the bay.
There is also an open air Water Park here with huge water slides and pools which is very popular in the good weather.
The Sea Life Centre is situated at the far end of the promenade and is worth a visit, b
ut beware it is expensive. We used a buy one get one free voucher, which we had received from a national newspaper and we thought that it was enough to pay. There are plenty of exhibits there, with the now almost compulsory glass tunnels to walk through, but I do think that full price is too much to pay.
The road connecting the two parts of the town does get closed if the sea is very rough as it is exposed at the base of the cliff. Traffic travelling between the two parts of Scarborough is diverted inland. This is more than compensated for by the crashing waves you see rolling in from the North Sea.
Scarborough is situated at the south-eastern edge of the North York Moors making it an ideal base for a walking or touring holiday. It’s only about 30 miles from York itself, so it would be easy to take a day trip to see the sights or do some serious shopping!