Scarborough is one of England's most beloved seaside resorts, and became a sought-after holiday destination after the opening of the local railway network in the 19th century. The resort, whose residents are often referred to as 'Scarborians', overlooks two fantastic sandy beaches, and has existed for more than 1,000 years, long before the Norman Conquest.
Key points of interest in Scarborough
See the ruins of medieval Scarborough Castle, which was built in the early-12th century, although there is evidence to suggest that this sight had been inhabited in the Iron Age. You could also visit the popular Scarborough Spa, which organises numerous music events, exhibitions and special private functions, and is housed in an enchanting Victorian landmark. If you have the time, explore beautiful Peasholm Park, a former medieval manor estate that marked its centenary in 2012 and was designed in an elegant Oriental style.
Other attractions worth visiting in the town
If you're interested in getting more insight into the history of the Yorkshire Coast, you might want to spend some time in the Rotunda Museum, where you can witness many interesting archaeological artefacts dating back to the Jurassic period in one of Britain's oldest purpose-built exhibition venues. Another much-loved attraction in the town is the Scarborough Open Air Theatre, which originally opened in the 1930s and benefited from a multi-million pound refurbishment in the late 2000s, reopening in 2010 when Queen Elizabeth II visited Scarborough.
For affordable, elegantly presented Scarborough hotels, you can consider the Premier Inn Scarborough, the Mount Hotel, or the Manor Heath Hotel, or try the charming country themed Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. Other highly rated hotels in the town are the Bay New Southlands Hotel, the chic Weston Hotel, and the Hackness Grange Country House Hotel in Hackness.
Where to eat out in Scarborough
If you're a big fan of classic British dishes, choose the 1881 at Wrea Head Hall restaurant, or consider the CoGoni's Ristorante Italiano for some tantalising Italian cuisine. Other reputed restaurants include the American-themed East Coast Kitchen, the British-themed Bryherstones Inn, and the Mediterranean and Turkish-themed Az Restaurant.
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