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If you’re looking for the home of the Great British seaside getaway, look no further than Scarborough. At the heart of staycations before there was a name for them, Brits have been flocking to the sandy beaches and Victorian Spa for their medicinal qualities for centuries. These days, with the Spa having been made-over into the modern era and now home to entertainment and conferences, and the promenade transformed into a place you can surf the web as well as stroll with an ice cream, Scarborough has everything in place to claim its crown back as one of the nation’s best-loved beach resorts.

Things to see

Scarborough’s main draw is the South Bay Beach, home to the Victorian Spa which made the place such a draw for holidaymakers wanting to relax and convalesce. The sandy beaches of the Bay are certainly family-friendly, but there’s plenty for grown-ups too, as the marina crammed full of yachts and pleasure boats proves. The Spa isn’t just home to spring water, it’s home to concerts and shows during the holiday season too. As well as the Victorian Spa’s offerings, there’s plenty of culture to be found at the Open Air Theatre, which is home to many of the biggest names in pop and entertainment throughout the high season. It’s just one of the many attractions on the North Bay, which has a more ragged sort of beauty, with rock pools and rocky outcrops giving it a rugged look, while its beaches and water are often the site of adventurous water sports enthusiasts.

Hotels in Scarborough

In the center of Scarborough you’ll find a number of four and five star hotels, which come with flat-screen televisions, tea and coffee making facilities. Slightly further out of town, you’ll also find a number of guest houses and lodges offering a similar level of service in the leafier suburbs of the city. Hotels in Scarborough can fill up fast during summer, so it’s worth booking well in advance.

Where to stay

With so much on offer in the two main Bays, as well as with the shops, arcades and amusements available in town, most hotels cluster around the city center itself. You’ll soon discover that most of the highlights are within walking distance, while the South Bay Beach has a handy cliff lift linking it to the center. As well as lazing on the beaches and visiting the Spa, you can while away the hours playing on the arcades and indulge your sweet tooth with some traditional Scarborough rock. You can even sample that most British of delicacies – the roast dinner – as a takeaway.

How to get to

Scarborough is well connected by rail to a number of cities within the UK, with trains regularly from Leeds, Hull and York on an hourly basis, with journey times of around an hour from each, arriving at Scarborough Station. The station is around 15 minutes’ walk from the South Bay Beach, but there are also regular bus services available. When in Scarborough, you’ll most likely want to walk around, and while traffic is allowed in town a popular park and ride scheme is in place to encourage visitors to leave their car out of the city center.

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