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The Popular Seaside Resort That's Perfect for Family Fun

countryside walk with a view of the sea
March 2023
Reading time 3 Minutes

Beautiful beaches and fantastic family fun await at this popular seaside resort

Here's where to eat, sleep and explore in Scarborough.
Green shop front with seats outside Troost


Start your day by strolling along the esplanade to grab a cuppa from the Yay Coffee truck. Newly opened coffee shop, Troost is worth stopping by for a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel and a delicious coffee before exploring the beach. If you’re looking for perfect pub grub and sumptuous seafood platters, the Cod & Lobster is the place to be, while Embers is where you can find hearty delicacies courtesy of Dan Hargreaves. Head to Eat Me Café & Social within the Stephen Joseph Theatre for delicious Japanese ramen, mac ’n’ cheese or a burger (and maybe see a show while you’re there). 

hotel room with a double bed and sofa Bike & Boot


Wrea Head Hall luxury country house hotel has heaps of character, and it’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring (think four-poster beds and roll-top baths). Arguably the best views in Scarborough are promised from Queenscliffe – a Victorian home from home as close to the seafront as you can get. Adventurers will want to make Bike & Boot their base (there’s a place to store your bike and they offer dog grooming too). Equally as quirky is the The Spa Chalet, a South Cliff residence designed by Sir Joseph Paxton which has access to the Aqua Health Spa. The Farrier was last year's AA Inn of the Year. It hosts a restaurant, coffee house and cocktail lounge and has four individually-designed, equestrian-inspired bedrooms, and a fifth bedroom in The Old Stable in their courtyard. 



Art lovers will want to head to Blandscliff Gallery & Open Studio to see unique artworks by local creators, from paintings and sculptures to pottery and ceramics, and you’ll find quirky homeware and gifts in No59. For something totally unique, head to SeaGrown – a seaweed farm in the open waters of the North Sea. From their ship, Southern Star, at Scarborough Harbour, they sell artisan products made from their own, hand-harvested Yorkshire seaweed. Meanwhile, there are a whole host of vintage shops to browse in the town.

Old castle by the sea Scarborough Castle
outdoor gig Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Distillery Barrels Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery

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No trip to Scarborough is complete without a stroll around Scarborough Castle to experience 3,000 years of history (and some pretty impressive views). See the cute penguins and not-so-cute sharks at Sea Life, make a splash at Alpamare and catch a spring or summer show at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.  

Around the corner

For a traditional day out by the sea, head along the coast to Filey – a top seaside destination in its own right. Before exploring RSPB Bempton Cliffs (and making friends with some of the Yorkshire coast’s amazing wildlife), you might want to nip into Hunmanby for a tour of the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, where they produce the county’s first single malt whisky (just make sure you’re not the designated driver).

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