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Scarborough Things To Do

We are in the area known as the South Cliff area just off the fashionable Esplanade with its majestic victorian houses and beautiful sea views over the bay. The South Cliff area was developed to cater for the gentry who visited Scarborough in the late 1800s to take the waters and partake in the newly fashionable bathing.

The area boasts some fine churches and fabulous victorian architecture. Fascinating when you look back to Scarborough’s grand era.

We are two hundred metres from the Cliff lift which takes you down to the Spa Theatre complex and the sandy beach. You can also walk down the many cliff paths through the gardens to the beach, where you can explore the rock pools down the bay or walk along the beach towards the harbour with views over the town and castle.

Here you will find the amusements and donkeys on the beach ideal to entertain the little one’s. Or take a boat trip around the bay to blow those cobwebs away.

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Scarborough is the original seaside resort; stunning scenery, glorious beaches, loads to see and do – is it any wonder that people have been flocking to Scarborough for nearly 400 years now?

You can still immerse yourself in Scarborough's history with Scarborough Castle and the Rotunda Museum of geology. You could venture down to the seafront to enjoy the traditional amusement arcades, ice cream parlours, shellfish stalls and beach huts.

Outdoor adventures can be found in numbers: try boating in Peasholm Park; take a ride on the Miniature railway; be daring on the Sky Trail Adventure bridge and beam course; splash about at the world class Alpamare Waterpark and make friends with the penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary.

But despite its rich history, Scarborough doesn’t live in the past. The town is constantly innovating to keep its place as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.
Olivers Mount is just behind us it towers above the South Cliff area with fantastic views over the bay and over Scarborough towards the North Yorkshire moors.

A stunning view where you can see the moors meet the Yorkshire Coast.
Esplanade Gardens is a ten to fifteen minute walk from the town centre where you will find Shops, Bars, Restaurants and Cafes to suit all tastes.

Scarborough offers year round entertainment with its many events including hosting the spectacular Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.

Even in winter you can take some fantastic walks locally for example walking along the cliff path around two miles to Cornelian Bay where you can explore a tiny bay that most people have never heard of. Great on a crisp clear day with stunning views

Cornelian Bay

Scarborough Theatres offering all year round entertainment

The Stephen Joseph Theatre celebrates over 60 years of association with one of the greats of world theatre Alan Ayckbourn.

The Scarborough Spa Theatre overlooking the South Bay has all year round entertainment including theme nights, tribute acts, comedians, ballet, conferences and exhibitions.

The Open Air Theatre is europe's largest open air theatre attracting top class performers from around the world including Britney Spears.

The YMCA Theatre Scarborough plays host to many fantastic musicals, pantomimes, dance school shows, plays and tribute acts throughout the year.

Days out in this corner of England’s largest county.

Visit the local coastal towns of Whitby, Filey and Bridlington all less than thirty minutes drive away and easily accessible by public transport. Perfect to visit for the day and discover the areas rich heritage.

Discover the fabulous coastal villages of Robin Hoods bay and Staithes with the smugglers coves along the coast from times past.

The North Yorkshire Moors national park is around twenty minutes drive away where you can experience the wide open vistas and forest drives. Also discover the pretty dales villages with traditional inns where you can just enjoy a pub lunch or dine in gourmet award winning restaurants. This is great scenery where the moors meet the coast. Heartbeat was filmed here as well as the setting for Harry Potter Hogwarts Station.

Hop on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and enjoy a day filled with vintage charm and amazing scenery on one of the world’s greatest heritage railways.

The Yorkshire Wolds is close by with its undulating hills and pretty historic villages. Wide open spaces with views over Ryedale and the vale of York. Discover David Hockney Country.

Why not visit Castle Howard stately home and gardens in the pretty Howardian Hills between Scarborough and York. Brideshead Revisited was filmed here.

Why not while staying in Scarborough visit the medieval City of York around fifty minutes by train. This has got to be the best way to visit this city no hassle parking! It’s so easy to explore all the sites within the city. Have a meal then relax travelling back by rail through Ryedale.

The nearby market town of Malton has been named the food capital of Yorkshire. With its award winning restaurants and artisan food shops. Just a thirty minutes drive away with award winning restaurants and local craft shops. Just on the edge of The Yorkshire Wolds.

Things to do with the family perfect days out within forty minutes by car.
The Eden Camp a fascinating place to learn about the military history of the UK with each exhibition creating a great experience of the different wars over the ages.

Flamingo Land a fabulous theme park and Zoo offering a perfect day out for the family.


We have the Cleveland Way nearly on the doorstep just down the cliff and scores of walks in the North York Moors, the Wolds and along the coast. We’ve got plenty of maps and guides that you can borrow too.

The Esplanade Gardens is a short walk up the cliff paths (or take the cliff lift if it’s been a long walk from Robin Hood’s Bay) on the route of the Cleveland Way. The Cleveland Way is a long distance walk around the North York Moors, starting in Helmsley and finishing in Filey – guides to the route tend to have a stage from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough.


Having had a family ourselves we remember what it’s like trying to organise a holiday. Let us take the stress away from all that by helping you with your plans. We often have discount vouchers for local attractions and can advise you on the best places to eat that won’t break the bank and great activities you can do locally.

Don’t worry about buckets and spades, fishing nets etc we have it all just ask and we will loan them to you.

Esplanade Gardens
24 Esplanade Gardens
South Cliff
North Yorkshire YO11 2AP

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