seaside town of Scarborough, UK

Welcome to and everthing visitors and residents want to know about this famous seaside tourist town.

The seaside town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, is famous throughout the United Kingdom as a tourist destination.

Used to be known as the "Queen of the Spas" and was one of two famous spas in North Yorkshire, the other being Harrogate.

Scarborough was originally the site of a Roman signalling station. It was then inhabited by Saxons and finally Vikings. The town is overlooked by the remains of a mediaeval castle on the prominent headland.

Scarborough has frequently featured in films and on TV series such as Hotel Paradiso and Last of the Summer Wine. Michael Winner made an unforgettable

sojourn to make a film here in the eighties with Jeremy Irons, Prunella Scales and Richard Briers.

Scarborough is still a popular holiday destination for many people living in Scotland and Northern England. Weekends by the sea at Scarborough are still very popular in a town dominated by hotels for holidaymakers.

Tourists have a choice of two very good sandy beaches in Scarborough's North and South Bays. The seafront behind the South Bay beach is dominated by traditional British seaside attractions, amusement arcades, fish n chip shops, ice cream bars, a leisure complex, and even a theatre. The South Bay is also where the fishermen still land their catches and fresh, locally caught seafood can still be purchased from stalls along the front.

North Bay is backed by the sea defence wall known as the Marine Drive, it is approximately a mile long and terminates at the famous Corner Cafe. There are still some beach huts that can be hired for the season on the North Bay.

Twenty miles to the north of Scarborough lies Whitby, with St Hilda's Abbey, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. Nine miles to the south of Scarborough is Filey, famous for Filey Brigg and it's Edwardian Festival. Bridlington lies twenty-two miles to the south of Scarborough and has many tourist attractions. The nearest City to Scarborough is the historic destination of York, with York Minister, Railway Museum, City Walls - it's a 45 minutes drive along the A64.

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