Scarborough and Filey Guide 

Scarborough in Yorkshire is a seaside resort and fishing port with a great claim to fame. It is claimed locally that Scarborough was the first seaside resort in Britain with sea bathing starting in 1660! Bathing machines were introduced a bit later in 1733 and the resort has continued to be popular ever since. 

Scarborough coastFor details of  Scarborough Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses,  Cottages  and to visit Attractions.  Go to Scarborough Hotels  Guest Houses and Cottages

Scarborough was certainly a favored resort in Victorian times and has many grand buildings from the period. The Spa is set on the South Bay in a prominent position. There are cliff side lifts close by to take you into the town centre when you're ready to leave the beach. South Bay with its long arc of sand is a magnificent sight when viewed from the top of  South Cliff.



There is a well protected harbour with lots of fishing and pleasure boats. There is also an abundance of restaurants, bars and cafes along the promenade to refresh the visitor. Above the town there is a medieval castle which is open every day during the summer months. You will find a lot of attractions along North Bay while South Bay is where the harbour and many commercial premises are located. 


Six miles to the south of Scarborough lies the small Edwardian era town of Filey. The main attraction of Filey is its huge sandy beach which stretches for six miles south along the coast. There are good car parking facilities at the beach and the town has a good selection of hotels, cafes and amenities. There is also good walking along the coast via the Cleveland Way which leads north along the coast to Saltburn and then loops inland to the North York Moors.

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Places to visit around Scarborough - Attractions

Atlantis - Water park with good long slides - North Bay, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK Reception Tel: 01723 372744 

Flamingoland - Theme park and zoo with over 100 attractions - Flamingo Land Ltd. Kirby Misperton, Malton North Yorkshire YO17 6UX Phone: 0870 752 8000

Staintondale Shire Horse Farm - Shire Horse Farm, Staintondale, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 0EY Phone:01723 870458

Sea Life Centre - Scarborough North Yorkshire YO12 6RP UK Phone: 01723 376125

Scarborough Castle - Ruins of a once grand castle much reduced during the English  Civil War in 1645 - Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY Tel: 01723 372451

Fantasy Forest (Olympia) -Bowling, go-carts and amusements Foreshore Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1NU           Phone: 01723 503800


Nearby attractions

Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park - East Lea Farmhouse, Scarborough Road, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9PG Phone: 01723 514439

Filey Evron Centre - A multi-purpose centre with tourist info. plus theatre, music and exhibitions. John Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9DQ Phone: 01723 512512

Filey Seafront Sculpture Trail 

North York Moors

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