Visit Scarborough and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Scarborough, North Riding. It is easy to enjoy this big breezy North Sea resort which combines castle ruins, a fishing village, a working port, luxury hotels, boarding houses, sands, terraced gardens, long wave-swept promenades, views, walks, and carnival-style amusements of all descriptions. According to the sagas, the town was founded by a Norseman. It celebrated the 900th anniversary of its burning by another one, Harald Hardrada, in 1066 with the friendly co-operation of modern Norsemen. This was a stylish spa in the 17th and 18th centuries and it is still a popular place for retirement or a second home or flat.
Scarborough is built below and on top of a cliff, with steep streets, footpaths and lifts connecting the parts. To the West stretch new suburbs. The interest for the visitor is concentrated near the sea. The castle ruins stand on a narrow headland which was earlier an ancient British camp and a Roman signal station. The approach is by a 13th-century barbican which leads to the shell of the square keep, built about 1160. The curtain wall was the first feature of the castle, probably built 30 years earlier. Remnants of three medieval chapels and a house survive. The site is 300 ft above the sea and covers 19 acres. The castle looks down upon the medieval red-roofed town around the harbour. Here stand the 18th-century Customs House, King Richard III House (now a café), old pubs, gaudy arcades and souvenir shops. Hotels, including the monumental Grand, and terraces of houses line the banks. The valley separating the southern parts of town is crossed by high bridges and was landscaped in the 19th century. Villas were built along its steep sides, for the Victorians did not wish to face the sea.
The splendid Marine Drive and promenade, completed in 1908 after repeated delays due to gales, follows the base of the castle promontory and the wide curve of North Bay. Some fine walks run along the cliffs above South Bay. There is a matchless view from Oliver's Mount, the 500-ft-high hill with a war memorial obelisk.
Anne Brontë is buried in the hillside churchyard of St Mary's below the castle. St Mary's was built in the early 12th century but rebuilt into the 15th, by which time it was a large cruciform building with three towers. It was severely damaged in the Civil War and the central tower rebuilt at the east end, with the chancel abandoned. There is an interesting row of l4th-century chapels on the south aisle.
Nearby towns: Bridlington, Filey, Malton, Pickering, Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby
Nearby villages: Allerston, Brompton, Broxa, Buckton, Burniston, Cayton, Cloughton, East Heslerton, Ebberston, Filey, Flamborough, Folkton, Fordon, Foxholes, Fyling Thorpe, Fylingdales, Ganton, Gristhorpe, Hackness, Hunmanby, Hutton Bushel, Muston, Ravenscar, Reighton, Sawdon, Scalby, Snainton, Speeton, Staintondale, Stoupe Brow, West Heslerton, Wintringham, Yedingham
Have you decided to visit Scarborough or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Scarborough bed and breakfast (a Scarborough B&B or Scarborough b and b)
- a Scarborough guesthouse
- a Scarborough hotel (or motel)
- a Scarborough self-catering establishment, or
- other Scarborough accommodation