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Scarborough is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast.

Two magnificent bays are separated by the harbour, with the ruins of Scarborough Castle standing high on a promontory. Both bays have popular sandy beaches and numerous rock-pools at low tide.

The South Bay is the more popular, with many entertainment facilities, and is overlooked by the town itself.

The North Bay has traditionally been the more peaceful end of the resort. Here is located Peasholm Park, with an Oriental theme, offering a beautiful system of streams and waterfalls, mini bridges, mystical gardens and a pagoda. The park features a mock maritime battle (based on the Battle of the River Plate) re-enacted on the boating lake with large model boats and with fireworks throughout the summer holiday season. The North Bay Railway is a miniature railway which runs from the park to the Sea Life Centre at Scalby Mills.

The North Bay is linked to the South Bay by an extensive Victorian promenade, built around the headland.

Slightly less well known is the South Cliff Promenade situated above the Spa and South Cliff Gardens, with its splendid Victorian styling still intact. It commands excellent views of the South Bay and old town and it is here that most of the postcard shots are taken.

The Hollywood Plaza, Scarborough's main cinema, is quaint but comfortable. The Stephen Joseph Theatre has an international reputation and is 'home' to Alan Ayckbourn, the world's most-performed living playwright.

Scarborough Art Gallery is housed in an Italianate villa built in the 1840s. It displays Scarborough's fine art collection, which features seascapes and views of Scarborough.

St Mary’s Church, Scarborough’s finest and most ancient church, is full of history and beauty and is perhaps best known as the final resting place of Anne Bronte.

OS grid reference TA 035 885


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Scarborough and District Civic Society
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Scarborough Evening News
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Scarborough Theatres and Halls, Past and Present
Scarborough TownTalk
Scarborough TownTalk is your guide to the town centre, with everything you need to know to make your visit even more enjoyable.
Wikipedia article on Scarborough

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