The south bay


  Scarborough, Britain’s first ever seaside resort has been attracting visitors for over 360 years. Yet with so much to see and do, Scarborough is still as popular as ever. Take a stroll and marvel at the beautiful, Victorian architecture such as The Grand Hotel - an astonishing building overlooking the Harbour since 1863. Scarborough has two main beaches; North Bay beach and South Bay beach, separated by the rocky headland on which sits a reminder of the past, the historic Scarborough Castle. The large, sandy South Bay beach is slightly more popular with visitors thanks to its child friendly facilities, traditional seaside stalls and boat trips. Whilst strolling along the South Bay beach, try some traditional seaside delights, from cockles and mussels to Scarborough rock and traditional fudge. Alternatively, for a nostalgic funfair experience with a friendly, family feel head towards Luna Park, also based in the South Bay. Meanwhile in the North Bay, Peasholm Park is a key attraction with its tranquil Chinese themed lake featuring a central island with a Chinese pagoda, mystical gardens and even Chinese dragon pedaloes for hire! Guests can also hire rowing boats on the lake or if you prefer to keep your feet on dry ground, mini golf is available at only £3.30 per person. Animal lovers will adore the Sea Life Centre and Marine Sanctuary; from seals and penguins to sharks and sea dragons, you’ll get closer than ever before to these curious creatures. Visit the interactive rockpools where you can actually handle crabs, touch starfish and even get your hands cleaned by a cleaner shrimp! Scarborough is east of York, on the A64 and east of Helmsley on the A170. It is south of Whitby on the A171 and easily accessible on the train from most towns and cities in North Yorkshire.