7 Places You Must Visit in Scarborough

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Peasholm Park, Scarborough

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Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Northstead Manor Gardens, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

The Scarborough Open Air Theatre is known locally as SOAT or The OAT. It was built in the 1930s, when seaside holidays were incredibly popular. It drew thousands of visitors a year. Refurbished in 2010, this exciting space is once again drawing crowds, with acts such as Leona Lewis, Elton John, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Olly Murs, and Status Quo.

Peasholm Park Boats and Mini Golf
North Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7TR

This is an oriental themed park, with a pagoda, beautiful landscaping, and a busy boating lake. Here, the Battle of Peasholm naval battle has been re-enacted three times a week for over 80 years! Crazy golf, pedaloes, canoes and rowing boats are all an added draw. Sit on the terrace overlooking the peaceful lake with its beautiful pagoda, or follow one of the Tree Trails provided.

North Yorkshire Railway and Water Park
Northstead Manor Gardens, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

This historic miniature railway offers trips from Scarborough to Scalby Mills, where you will find the Sea Life Centre. Operated from here since 1931, it is a great family favourite. You will also find the Historic Water Chute, boating lake and water walkers in the centre of Northstead Manor Gardens, making them a great destination for families.

North Bay Beach

North Bay is a beautiful sandy beach, perfect for rockpooling at low tide. There is a huge wide flat expanse of golden sand to the south, which leads on to the rocks which circle around the headland, before reaching South Bay. Great for water sports, dog walking and beach games. Beach chalets are available, and RNLI trained lifeguards patrol during summer.

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary,
Scalby Mills, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 6RP

Located in Scalby Mills, the Sea Life Sanctuary is perfect wet weather entertainment. Situated on the North Bay, it offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits. You can see adorable seals, otters and penguins, and enjoy a ‘hands on’ rock pool experience, where you can hold a crab, stroke a starfish, and have your hands cleaned by Cleaner Shrimp. Black Tipped Reef Sharks as they cruise around their huge open topped tank.

The Scarborough Fair Collection
Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3NU

This working vintage fairground ride collection is an absolute gem. Set undercover, it houses a huge trove of working steam Showman’s engines, fairground rides, dance organs, and vintage vehicles. You can listen to period music and jive in our ballroom at our regular tea dance, to a music played on a huge Wulitzer organ!

Anne Bronte’s Grave
St Mary’s Church, Castle Road, Scarborough

Anne Bronte’s grave is situated in Scarborough – at the northern end of St. Mary’s churchyard, beneath Scarborough Castle walls. She died here in 1849, having come to recover from consumption. Her sister Charlotte decided to “Lay the flower where it had fallen”, in Scarborough, rather than at the family home in Howarth. Anne was 29 when she died.