A friendly town
Scarborough has been the destination of choice for tourists since the 17th Century. It is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast, where a warm welcome meets every visitor. It has everything that is expected of an established seaside resort which is rich in history, culture and charm, plus breathtaking countryside, offering peace and relaxation.
Being a medium-sized town with a population of approximately seventy thousand, Scarborough provides a wide range of entertainment for people of all ages, such as the Sea Life Centre, Scarborough Art Gallery, the Rotunda Museum and the unique Spa Complex. The two main beaches provide a great source of enjoyment - the South Bay with its fishing harbour, marina, cafes and amusement arcades, the North Bay with its watersports and closeby parks. Both bays are separated by the magnificent medieval Scarborough Castle.
It is easy to find something to do during free time in Scarborough. There are many traditional Yorkshire pubs which offer live music. There are four nightclubs, two cinemas, several theatres staging concerts, a casino and a wide range of restaurants. Scarborough is also home to the world-famous Stephen Joseph Theatre, which hosts original plays by resident palywright Sir Alan Aykbourne, before reaching London's West End.
The resort also provides a great choice of high street shops and boutiques, as well as an indoor shopping centre. The pedestrianised town centre also boasts inviting cafes and bars.
Discover Scarborough With Discover Yorkshire Coast
The Discover Yorkshire Coast website is full of useful tourist and cultural information to help you plan and make the most of your visit. It includes a what's on guide, accommodation and attractions information and ideas on where to eat out. The site is run by our tourism and marketing partner at Scarborough Borough Council.
English Heritage and Scarborough Castle
Visit the English Heritage website to find out more about the many historic sites in and around Scarborough, including the town's castle.
A series of events is planned to take place at Scarborough Castle this year - a people's carnival on July 9th, a two-day Invasion: Romans to Rulers event at the end July plus two sea-themed weeks, Battle of Trafalgar Week in August (15th-19th and 20th-21st) and Pirates Week (29th August-4th September)
Mark Denton Photographic
Mark Denton is a talented local photographer who is tipped to be the next big thing in panoramic landscape photography. Clearly inspired by Joe Cornish, Marks' work can be seen by following this link to his virtual gallery where you can enjoy stunning shots of Scarborough, including Scarborough Classic February 04 and others in the gallery 2 (Coast).
Willian Smith is now recognised as the father of modern geology and Scarborough'sRotunda Museum celebrates his work. The museum is currently being redeveloped to make it a world-class museum and the only building in the world to commemorate Smith's invention of "fossil-ordered stratigraphy".
Scarborough Festival Coast
If you have heard of Scarborough Fayre, you'll know that Scarborough and the surrounding area are famous for festivals. Use this link to find out more about the wide choice of festivals and events taking place this year.
Scarborough Museums and Gallery
Scarborough has a great a number of impressive museums and galleries, including the Scarborough Art Gallery and Wood End Museum. Find out more about these on the Scarborough Museums and Gallery website.
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in 2005, the Stephen Joseph Theatre is an international landmark. It is home to Alan Ayckbourn, England's leading playwright, whose plays are performed in Scarborough before they go to London or Broadway. It is also one of the few theatres in England to have a theatre in the round. The SJT is one of Scarborough's cultural highlights and should not be missed
World Class Geology in Scarborough
North Yorkshire has some of the best Jurassic and Cretaceous geology in the world and Scarborough Museums and Gallery has one of the foremost collections of Jurassic geology on the Yorkshire Coast. With over 5500 fossils and 3000 minerals, the strengths of the collection include: numerous type specimens, which were the first of their kind ever to be described and one finest collections of Middle Jurassic fossil plants in the country. Visit theDinosaur Coast website to find out more.
Scarborough Museums and Gallery will be running a season of special Dinosaur Coast events again in 2005.