Scarborough is a fine example of a Victorian seaside resort town. Here, you can stretch out on one of the golden sandy beaches, lick melting ice creams or nibble on newspaper-wrapped fish and chips before braving the dip in the cool North Sea. Alternately, ride the old Victorian funicular that still chugs slowly along to the harbor, or amble through the Japanese Gardens in Peasholm Park.

Scarborough has modernized since the golden age of seaside holidays, though. At Scarborough SEA LIFE you can get face to face with cheeky Humboldt penguins or watch playful seals splashing around, while the renovated Victorian spa now offers year-round gigs and shows.

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Where & what to eat in Scarborough

  • 11 Places Where Locals Love to Eat in Scarborough

    Scarborough is not only a historic seaside town but also a diverse dining scene on England's North Sea. Even better, most restaurants cook with produce sourced from surrounding farms in the North York Moors, such as fresh herbs and veggies and meat raised in the lush countryside. And there's the nationally famous seafood that comes off the boats and straight...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Scarborough

  • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Scarborough

    The best places to go shopping in Scarborough are found along vibrant urban strips, where you can hop from high-street fashion shops to homegrown Yorkshire gift outlets, along with homey pubs and marketplaces that sell local foods and artisan coffee.  Widely known as a prominent resort destination among Victorians and Georgians, Scarborough sits close to the North Sea. Sandy beaches and...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Scarborough

  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Scarborough

    This guide to the best things to do after dinner in Scarborough includes some of the spa town’s top nightlife scenes. Most people might flock here to build sandcastles on the wave-lapped Yorkshire shoreline, but there's plenty to do once the sun sets. Hit traditional British brewhouses, dance to jazz in a local pub, or chase ghosts in the haunting...

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