Local Attractions

Scarborough and the North Yorkshire coast offers a huge range of activities, dining and entertainment to cater for every taste.

Brontes Rest is a five minute walk from Scarborough's numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as the market vaults and town centre which offer a great mix of local shops. For those planning to visit destinations along the coast and further inland, the train station is just a short walk away.

Scarborough's attractions now include a new open air theatre as well as the more traditional seaside trappings of days on the beach - amusements, donkey rides and fishing trips. The Luna Park Funfair and Peasholm Park are just a short distance away or you can hop on an open top bus to take you there. For visitors who love to be scared, Scarborough provides daily ghost tours which run through the summer months highlighting the scariest locations in the town.

Families will enjoy nearby Flamingo Land, the Scarborough North Bay miniature railway, the mysterious Hairy Bob's Cave and the imposing ruins of Scarborough Castle. Don't forget Scarborough is only a short drive away from Whitby and the stunning landscape of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Arts & Culture

North Yorkshire is host to renowned theatre companies, classic music and modern and classical art galleries. History buffs can explore the rich heritage of castles and ruins, stately homes, churches and plenty of fascinating cultural days out.

Scarborough Art Gallery


Situated in Scarborough’s beautiful Crescent gardens, the gallery houses a permanent collection which has been built up over sixty years and includes works from Atkinson Grimshaw, John Jackson R.A and Sir Matthew Smith.

The Rotunda Museum


The Rotunda Museum is one of the oldest purpose built museums in the United Kingdom dedicated to the Victorian interest in the science of geology. Exhibits include Gristhorpe Man, thought to be the best preserved example of an oak tree trunk burial.

Scarborough Open Air Theatre


Europe's largest open air theatre re-opened in grand style in the summer of 2010. The historic site has the finest national and international line-up of acts performing, featuring live music, opera, sporting events, family productions, comedy and much more.

South Street Gallery


The gallery is situated near the historic Esplanade on the South Cliff of Scarborough. Based in a spacious converted 1960's laundry house it showcases contemporary artworks by established and emerging national and regional artists.

Blands Cliff Gallery


An artists run gallery and studio selling paintings, sculpture and ceramics from a variety of national and international artists. An interesting friendly art gallery near the sea front at South Bay.

Scarborough Literature Festival


Scarborough holds a literature festival towards the end of April each year. The event is a mixture of talks, readings and events with both well established authors and local talent attending.

Woodend Creative Workspace

The gallery space is located in a former 19th century conservatory and one of the original family staterooms. Used for exhibitions, performances, special events and functions.


There are lots of fun activities to explore in and around Scarborough. Whether you prefer traditional seaside pursuits like donkey rides and funfairs or prefer thrilling theme parks and rollercoaster rides there is something for everyone.

North Bay Railway


The historic 20" gauge line runs from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills stations, offering beautiful views of Scarborough's North Bay.

Sea-Life Centre


The Sea-Life Centre will introduce you to many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures in enclosures carefully constructed to mimic natural habitats. With a seal rescue centre, starfish, sharks, seahorses and over 150 different types of fish, there is all manner of aquatic life at the centre.

Flamingo Land


Flamingo Land is a theme park and wildlife centre just outside Scarborough at Malton. The theme park has a great mixture of rides ranging from extreme rollercoasters to traditional carousels. The wildlife centre is currently home to well over 120 species of bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile and fish.

Scarborough Spa


Home of the only remaining professional summer season orchestra in the land, the Scarborough Spa Orchestra. As well as holding concerts throughout the day the Spa also puts on regular theatre events, dances, comedy and other traditional shows.

Luna Park

Luna Park is a small funfair, right by the harbour. It is a fun and friendly place, primarily aimed at younger children, with a small ferris wheel, dodgems, amusements, helter skelter and other fairground rides.

Scarborough Jazz


Scarborough Jazz has been promoting live jazz every week for twenty-five years at The Cask, a venue for some of the best established, and emerging, players in the region.

The Other Side Comedy Club


Contemporary stand up comedy club with diverse audiences ranging from teenagers to the retired, making it a unique night with a special atmosphere.

Food & Drink

Scarborough and North Yorkshire has more Michelin-starred restaurants and independent breweries than anywhere else in the UK. You'll find a wealth of excellent restaurants, relaxed brasseries, smart cafe tearooms and authentic real ale pubs.

The Restaurant@SJT


The Restaurant is on the first floor of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, a classic Art Deco building in the centre of Scarborough. Open for lunch and dinner on performance days. Diners can sit back and relax and choose one, two or three courses from a menu featuring only the freshest local produce.

The Green Room


One of Scarborough’s most popular and premier restaurants, offering an early and a la carte menu. Chef Robert Porter trained in a Michelin starred restaurant in Jersey before opening his own site in the seaside town. The Early Menu is ideal for a pre-theatre dinner.

The Golden Grid


Established over a century ago, the Grid as it is known to its regulars has an enviable reputation for serving only the very freshest fish and seafood. The Guardian Newspaper reviewed it as having the best fish and chips in the world.



This classic, definitely not modern, Italian restaurant is much a part of Scarborough as the nearby Boyes department store. In it’s two small rooms, the walls are lined with press cuttings and testimonials from satisfied diners.

Scarborough Tandoori Restaurant


The Scarborough Tandoori Restaurant is the longest established Indian Restaurant in Scarborough and is renowned for the quality of the service and food.

Tunny Club


Small fish and chip cafe. Eat in or take out. Used to be the home of the Tunny (Tuna) Fishing Club

Brasserie Marmalade's


Scarborough's finest boutique hotel restaurant. Live jazz some evenings.

Mother Hubbards


Family style fish restaurant, traditional fish and chips.

Sport & Leisure

Boasting stunning scenery from dramatic moorland to rolling dales and the spectacular coastline, walking, cycling and many other outdoor activities are popular. For those who prefer to relax, pleasure cruises are the perfect way to unwind.

Peasholm Park


The park is a key feature of the North Bay experience of Scarborough and 2010 heralded the centenary year of the building of this historic and uniquely beautiful park.

South Cliff Golf Club


South Cliff Golf Club is situated south of Scarborough town centre and has a distinctive course with parkland holes and links style holes on the coastal side. It is a fabulous course with spectacular views of the town and harbour.

North York Moors National Park


The North York Moors National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites.

South Cliff Gardens

A coastal garden and woodland boasting pleasant walks with plenty of seating and spectacular views, Italian gardens and small pocket parks such as Shuttleworth Garden and Prince of Wales Terrace.

Marine Drive

Marine Drive was constructed between 1897 and 1908. It is the coastal road which links the South and North bays, travelling round the castle headland with fantastic views.

South Bay Beach

Scarborough's beautiful South Bay seafront, offering golden sands, great shops, award winning cafe's and restaurants and fun activities for the whole family. The beach has been awarded European Blue Flag status.

Walled Garden, Scampston


Scampston Hall lies between York and Scarborough. Set within the 18th century walls of the original kitchen garden, the Walled Garden has an exciting modern feel and complements the adjacent 18th century 'Capability' Brown park.

Don’t Miss

St Mary’s Church

St. Mary's Church, first built around AD 1000 is situated beneath the castle on the headland which separates the North Bay and the South Bay in Scarborough. Its pleasant churchyard is famous for being the location of Anne Bronte's final resting place.

My Soul Is Awakened

MY soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring,
And carried aloft on the wings of the breeze;
For, above, and around me, the wild wind is roaring,
Arousing to rapture the earth and the seas.
The long withered grass in the sunshine is glancing,
The bare trees are tossing their branches on high;
The dead leaves beneath them are merrily dancing,
The white clouds are scudding across the blue sky.
I wish I could see how the ocean is lashing
The foam of its billows to whirlwinds of spray,
I wish I could see how its proud waves are dashing
And hear the wild roar of their thunder today!
Anne Bronte

Don’t Miss

Stephen Joseph Theatre


The Stephen Joseph Theatre opened in 1996 and has two auditoria: The Round, a 404-seat in the round and The McCarthy, a 165-seat endstage/cinema.
The building also contains a restaurant, shop, and full front-of-house and backstage facilities.

Chris Monks succeeded Alan Ayckbourn as Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 2009. A theatre director and writer, he has a history of producing exciting, imaginative theatre.

The theatre produces around 10 plays a year, including lunchtime shows and late nights, of which the majority are first productions of new plays.

Don’t Miss

Scarborough Castle


With a 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline, the castle fully deserves its place as one of the finest tourist attractions in the North. It started life as an Iron Age Fort, was occupied by the Romans, became a Viking settlement and reached its heyday under Henry II.

Visitors to the castle can watch a variety of medieval themed activities including jousting and battling knights. Kids will enjoy squire training, storytelling, arts and crafts and dressing up sessions throughout the day.