Scarborough is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast and has much to offer visitors.


Geography dictates that Scarborough has a strong relationship with the sea. Indeed, many will flock here because of that, so it seems obvious to start with a look at the seafront.

For three and a half miles a flat tarmac path winds its way by the edge of the sea with plenty of picturesque views to take in along the way. When the tide is out, you’ll find ramps down to the hard packed sand of South Bay Beach.

As is pretty much tradition, you can expect the big crowds to accompany the warmer weather. This can stretch the disabled parking provision along the route. You can’t miss the Grand Victorian Spa building, used for staging family entertainment along the way. (It has accessible toilet facilities.)

Scarborough Castle

The ragged remains of the twelfth-century castle overlook the town from its headland position between the north and south bays, with dramatic drops to the sea. Even before the castle was built, this natural fortress was favoured by prehistoric settlers before serving as a Roman signal station and Viking settlement – and has since witnessed sieges and even a German naval bombardment during the Second World War.

A much warmer welcome is assured today, including designated parking and a largely level route with ramps and lifts in the public areas.

Tel: 01723 372451
Entry: Concession (with gift aid): £6.50
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Peasholm Park

According to Trip Advisor, Peasholm Park, situated in the North Bay, is the sixth best park in the UK. Indeed, it’s no ordinary municipal park but a collection of Oriental-inspired streams, waterfalls and gardens – home to ducks, swans and geese as well as a legion of grey squirrels that are so used to human contact that they’ll happily hop around in very close proximity. Little wonder really, since the park also hosts several champion trees – that is, the widest, tallest and best examples of several species in the country – a fact celebrated in an accessible tree trail.

The park is also home to miniature naval warfare events where model ships take to the boating lake in battle. Peasholm Park also has disabled
toilet facilities.
Tel: 01723 383636

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

Twelve zones take visitors on a tour of the huge diversity of life beneath the waves. Indeed, you’ll find hundreds of varieties of colourful fish and other creatures including exotic species of crabs, jellyfish, seahorses, turtles and sharks.

Not forgetting that this is a sanctuary, you can also see how Yorkshire’s only seal hospital cares for some of the 30 or so rescued seal pups taken in every
year – as well as the otters.

The centre has wheelchair access throughout, as well as disabled friendly toilet facilities. Adult entry tickets are available at £19.50 from the ticket desk but savings of 50% are available by booking online in advance.
(Disabled people can bring a first carer with them for free and a second carer for half price.)
Tel: 01723 373414


There is far more to discover in Scarborough and along the Yorkshire coast.