Scarborough's Must-See Gems...

Oliver's Mount...

Olivers Mount... dominates the southern skyline of Scarborough, standing over 550ft high the vantage point from the Cenotaph down over the town is spectacular. It is also a country park and motor racing circuit, described as being mainland Britain's only natural 'roads' circuit! Like Monaco, the public roads become a racing track for the weekend meetings that take place between May and September and the hillside provides natural grandstands for Spectators and plenty of room with a record 63,000 watching the 50th Anniversary racing in 1996. Olivers Mount Cafe Restaurant offers great views over the town and the gently sloping top of the Mount is home to a series of football picthes used for local weekend leagues. There is a picnic area and car park close to the cenotaph and viewpoint (right).

St. Mary's Parish Church...

St. Mary's Church & Anne Bronte's Grave... St. Mary's is the parish curch of Scarborough and dats back from 1170. Originally the church had 2 imposing towers but these were removed in the 14th century.The central tower and the chancel were destroyed during the civil war when Parliamentarians used the church as a base from which to attack the Royalists in Scarborough Castle. Anne Bronte is buried in the graveyard on the castle side.

Scarborough's Cliff Lifts...

Scarborough's Cliff Lifts... Scarborough once had 5 cliff lifts; 3 in South Bay and 2 in North Bay. Now, only the 3 in South Bay remain, but still prove popular and a very useful way of connecting the town centre with the seafront. The largest of the lifts is the South Cliff Lift which was Britain's first opening in 1875. It has a length (or height) of over 280ft and takes passengers between the elogant Esplanade and The Spa Complex. The lift used to be run using sea water as a counterweight, nowadays it's run electricy. The other 2 lifts are situated either side of The Grand Hotel.

The Grand Hotel...

Grand Hotel... When opened in 1867 The Grand Hotel was the largest hotel in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The building is designed around the theme of time: four towers to represent the seasons, 12 floors for the months of the year, 52 chimneys symbolise the weeks, and originally there were 365 bedrooms, one for each day of the year.The hotel was designed by Hull Architect Cuthbert Brodrick and the famous yellow brick was locally sourced in Hunmanby.There are 3 plaques on the side of the building, one celebrating it's opening in 1867 as being Europe's largest Hotel, one to commemorate Anne Bronte who dies on the site and one acknowledging the RAF's time spent there.

Scarborough Lighthouse...

Scarborough Lighthouse... has been guiding boats into the harbour since around 1800, but was re-built after being destroyed by shells from German Warships on the morning of December 16th 1914. When rebuilt in the 1930's a foghorn was added and this doubled up as an air raid siren in World War II. 

To visit you'll need to walk along Vincent Pier, built in the 1700's and named after engineer William Vincent. The pier is the central of 3 piers and separates the traditional commercial harbour and the yatching harbour.

Marine Drive...

Marine Drive... Completed 100 years ago, Marine Drive was a real feat of engineering and Scarborough just wouldn't be the same without it. The road and promenade connects South Bay with North Bay as it curves its way around the castle headland. In the last decade, Marine Drive has had new rock armour placed in front of the sea wall, hopefully protecting it and the Castle Headland for many years to come.

The Castle Headland...

Castle Headland... Scarborough's mighty Castle Headland stands proudly above the harbour and separates South Bay with North Bay. On it's triangular-shaped flat top stands Scarborough Castle. The castle walls line it's southern edge whilst the dramatic cliffs are home to thousands of seabirds. There's far more to the headland than just the Castle. There are  paths which meander their way down to Marine Drive on the North side and the views from those along the outside of the castle walls on the south side are truly breathtaking and suprisingly peaceful, even on the nicest of summer days.

Scalby MIlls...

 

Scalby Mills... One of Scarborough's little gems, Scalby Mills is quite unique and stunningly beautiful. The Scalby Beck (formally the River Derwent until the last Ice Age) runs into the North Sea through a deep gorge. a small bridge carries the Cleveland Way footpath over the beck as it tumbles down a ramp. A fantastic place to explore the rock pools, or to take the dogs for a safe paddle. It's also a cracking place for a summer barbeque. The Sealife Centre car park is ajacent to Scalby Mills so it's easily accesible.

Scarborough Indoor Market and Vaults...

Scarborough's Indoor Market has just had a £2.7 million refurbishment and is a fantastic plae to visit for fresh and local produce. It is also a centre of creativity and has a hidden gem of its own, the Market Vaults, filled with unique shops and businesses unique to Scarborough. Find it just off Eastborough in South Bay, Scarborough.

Peasholm Park & Peasholm Glen...

Is this the most beautiful Public Park in any British town? We certainly think so. Peasholm Park is an absolute gem! A central island with Japanese Pagoda ornately sitting on top, is surrounded by a lake. A waterfall cascades from the top of the island. Here you can circumnavigate the island on the Dragon or Swan themed pedalos.

 

And make sure you watch the world famous 'Naval Warfare' every Monday and Thursday in the season. This is one of the world's oldest shows and features model ships manned by people inside reinacting a famous wartime battle, complete with firing planes, explosions and sinking ships!

 

And don't miss Peasholm Park's most beautiful secret: Peasholm Glen. A stream flows down numerous little waterfalls into lush pools surrounded by some of the biggest variety of trees and foliage found anywhere in Britain with examples from all over the world.

The Esplanade...

The South Cliff Gardens cover an area from The Spa Bridge south to the Holbeck Landslip. As well as the flowerbeds on The Esplanade, highlights include the Rose Garden, Italian Gardens and Shuttleworth Gardens and the maze of wooded paths that wind their way up and down the dramatic cliffs.

 

Also of note is the elogant Victorian Esplanade including the building used in ITV's The Royal and the Clock Tower (pictured right). From the Esplanade you can take a ride of Britain's oldest and Cliff lift opened in 1875 and 284ft long (or high)!

The Mere...

The Mere is a natural lake in a valley fringed by Olivers Mount Country Park on one side and the railway track & A64 Seamera Road on the other. Once 40 acres in area, the creation of the railway and landscaping, it now measures 16 acres.

 

In the 20th century, the Mere was a popular tourist attraction owned by Scarborough Corporation, with rowing boats, a cafe and putting green. There was also a miniature Spanish galleon - the Hispaniola - which made trips across to 'Treasure Island' where holidaymakers could dig for Doubloons. .

 

The Mere is now part of the Olivers Mount Country Park and is managed by the Scarborough Mere Angling Club as a fishing lake, with the southern end used by waterskiers and is a very peaceful place to escape to.

Northstead Manor Gardens...

Home to Scarborough Open Air Theatre and North Bay Railway attraction which as well as the historic train to Scalby Mills features the famous water chute and the new SkyTrail attraction. The gardens are lovely to walk through to escape the hustle and bustle of the beach or as an alternative route to Sealife from town.

Scarborough Spa...

Scarborough Spa is a Grade II listed building in South Bay. It is a venue for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment, live music and events. Originally built around the source of Scarborough's spa waters, it is owned by Scarborough Borough Council and is managed by Sheffield International Venues.

 

The Spa has a Grand Hall, which seats nearly 2,000 and hosts live entertainment including the Scarborough Spa Orchestra and the annual Scarborough Jazz Festival. The Spa Theatre, a 600-seat Victorian theatre, is home to summer season shows and Christmas pantomimes. The Spa Ocean Room is used for dances, conferences and other events, including the Scarborough Jazz Festival and Coastival.

Rotunda Museum & Spa Bridge...

The Rotunda Museum is full of fascinating objects, from fossils found on East Yorkshire’s Dinosaur Coast to Gristhorpe Man, the skeleton and coffin of a Bronze Age man, which is the best example of a tree burial in Britain. The Rotunda is an exhibit in itself – this unique circular building, opened in 1829, is one of the world’s first purpose-built museums, built to a design suggested by William ‘Strata’ Smith, known as the father of English Geology.

 

The Spa Bridge was opened in July 1827. It was built by The Cliff Bridge Company who wanted to increase trade at Scarborogh Spa by crossing the valley from St Nicholas Cliff to the spa.

The Spa Bridge is 75ft high and is over 400ft long.

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