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About Scarborough

Scarborough is called the “Queen of the Yorkshire Coast” and is made famous with the song recorded by Simon and Garfunkel titled simply “Scarborough Fair” with the lyrics to a tale of a young man love for a woman he once met at the Scarborough market.

Scarborough in England is situated with Whitby on the Yorkshire Coast to the north and Filey and Bridlington to the south. York inland to the west is one hour by car or 45 minutes by train.

Scarborough has lots of attractions for visitors aside from its fine beaches. Scarborough Castle dominates the coastal skyline, and backing onto the beach there are lots of options for eating out and traditional seaside entertainments, and the number of festivals in summer is growing.

North along the coast you come to Ravenscar overlooking Robin Hoods Bay. Bridlington is located 18 miles to the south, or if you have had enough of the seaside the North York Moors National Park reaches right to the edge of town. Further afield, but easily reachable in a day trip, you can go shopping in Leeds, visit historic York or visit local market towns such as Beverley, Helmsley and Malton which are in easy reach .

Scarborough Grand Hotel

The most famous hotel in town is the Grand Hotel with its 365 or more bedrooms, which dominates the skyline from the beach. It was once one of largest hotels in Europe when it completed in 1867. These days Scarborough has many other hotels, from luxury spas to small B&Bs. There are also plenty of other accommodation options around town.

Updated: July 22, 2015 — 10:00 am

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John Swift, Scarborough
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