As much as I like to make fun of Sam for being a Northerner, I do have to hand it to him; Scarborough is beautiful. Plus it’s a place of great literary importance in my mind. Yorkshire is huge and diverse but it’s also the land of “Wuthering Heights” and the Brontes, of “The Secret Garden”, of “Dracula”, of Ted Hughes (who was from West Yorkshire) and Sylvia Plath (who was buried there). It’s the home of playwright Alan Ayckbourn, and I really recommend a trip to the Stephen Joseph Theatre if you make a visit.
We had a brilliant time over the Christmas period, and I thought I’d share some of the photos from our walks around town. Since Scarborough is the largest resort town on the Yorkshire Coast it has a lot of (somewhat faded) charm. It really had it’s heyday in the late 19th/early 20th century. But that just means there are some gorgeous Victorian buildings!
Despite multiple trips over the years, I always seem to visit Scarborough when it’s cold- Christmases, Easter, Halloween; I’ve yet to experience it in the summer, and I’m sure to get a very different impression of it then. Although my favourite thing to do in town is ride the cliff life (I’ve kept all my ticket stubs from various visits) so it might be a bit more crowded during the summer. And I’m not sure you can tempt me into the North Sea even in August!
Looking south towards Flamborough Head.
Eastborough Street with Scarborough Castle in the background.
The Grand Hotel, Scarborough.
The Grand Hotel from a bit more of a distance.
The Foreshore, where all the arcades are.
Riding the cliff lift, aka my favourite thing to do in Scarborough.
The view up the cliff lift.
The famous colourful beach cabins near The Spa.
If you visit, the train takes about 50 minutes from York.
Have you ever visited Scarborough?