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Scarborough Travel Tips - Good to Know Before You Go

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Situated in North Yorkshire, Scarborough has been a seaside holiday destination since the 1600s. Most visitors are British, but Scarborough also attracts a substantial number of travellers from other parts of the world. The climate of the North Sea coast can be unpredictable at times, but there are plenty of quirky museums, cozy cafés, and traditional pubs to duck into to escape any unexpected showers.

Best time to travel


When the weather is good, many locals from nearby towns travel to Scarborough to lounge on the beach and dip into the bracing sea. Public holiday and school vacations can be the busiest periods to visit. Through the winter months, tourism drops off significantly, yet the town is still popular as a day trip destination.

Not to miss


Scarborough's star attraction is the long, sandy beach. Tide pools, seaside donkey rides, and ice-cream trucks enhance the experience. History aficionados will love Scarborough Castle's ruins and archaeology exhibition - as well as the views from the craggy clifftop. Just next door at St. Mary's Church, literature lovers can pay their respects at Anne Brontë's grave.


Getting around


The easiest way to explore Scarborough is on foot, while bus and train connections provide convenient access to surrounding areas and cities. Daily buses will take you to Middlesbrough, Pickering, and surrounding villages, for example, while regular trains will connect you to major cities like Leeds, York, and Manchester. A National Express coach service operates from the station; popular destinations include Birmingham and Bristol. Durham Tees Valley (MME), the nearest airport, is a 92-minute drive.




The best place to sample Scarborough’s famed fish and chips is around the harbor and quayside. Ale and classic British grub can be found in many of the town’s old pubs. At the small shacks and kiosks along the promenade, you can fill up on fresh shellfish, as well as sticks of rock candy and traditional Yorkshire fudge.


Customs and etiquette


Tipping is expected in taxis and restaurants or cafés with table service. It's customary to add a 10-percent tip and leave the final amount on the table. While you're not obligated to tip in bars, pubs, or takeouts with self-service, there's often a jar on the counter to leave loose change in - a small gesture that's much appreciated.


Fast facts


  • Population: 62000

  • Spoken languages: English

  • Electrical: 220-240 volts, 50 Hz, plug type G

  • Phone calling code: +44 1723

  • Emergency number: 999