Scarborough and the North Yorkshire Coast
Scarborough – the Queen of the Yorkshire coast, lies just 45 minutes from historic York situated between Whitby to the North and Bridlington to the South. The main focus to holiday makers is the golden stretch of beach which visitors flock to during the summer months. Picturesque Scarborough Castle dominates the coastal skyline and makes for an interesting day out. The area though supports many attractions beside the seaside.
Away from the beach there is a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants for those seeking a change from our own on-site facilities. For those seeking to travel a little further afield, Whitby to the North or Bridlington to the South provide good day trip options. The rugged North Yorkshire Moors stretches right to the edge of town and will suit walkers and families seeking the great outdoors. For those wanting to hit the high-street try York or Leeds or visit the local market towns of Beverley, Helmsley and Malton.
Ideas for family days out in Scarborough area and North Yorkshire
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Explore the narrow streets and alleyways that wind through this picturesque coastal town towards the busy quayside. The picture postcard harbour is overlooked by the ruins of the ancient St Hilda’s Abbey high on Whitby’s East Cliff. Why not trek the 199 steps from the old town of Whitby that lead up to Parish Church of St Mary, the scene of which was inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous book, Dracula.
Filey, North Yorkshire
Just a short distance from Scarborough is the traditional English seaside resort of Filey. A holiday hotspot since the Victorian era, Filey offers golden sands and a fishing harbour village with quaint shops and cafes. Take in the beautiful views of Filey Bay or enjoy a coastal walk along the cliff top to Bempton Cliffs or Flamborough Head.
Bridlington, North Yorkshire
If your looking for fun seaside activities for the kids then look no further than a day out to Bridlington. The beachside promenade is packed with kids rides and amusements or you can show off your sand castle making skills on either of Bridlington’s two award winning beaches. The harbour town bustles in the summer months and for a unique way to explore the town why not hop on one of the famous ‘Tuk-Tuk’ rides!
Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire
Venture the path’s of pirates and smugglers! Robin Hood’s Bay is a maze of tiny streets and passageways surrounding an ancient fishing harbour. Legend has it that Robin Hood raided French Pirates pillaging the North Yorkshire coast and returned the loot back to the local villagers and so the name was born. Robin Hood’s Bay is a picturesque town with unique quirky appeal and well worth a visit.
Goathland Village, North Yorkshire
For fans of the TV series Heartbeat, Goathland is an essential visit. Here you can view the now infamous shops and green, the tea rooms and Scripps Funeral Service and Petrol Station all of which were familiar sights on the series. Goathland also provides a railway station with connection to the steam operated North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
Castle Howard House and Estate, North Yorkshire
The magnificent Castle Howard labelled as one the ‘Top 10 Greatest Mansions in the World’ offers a spectacular step back in time. The splendid house and estate offers something for the whole family. Browse the 18th Century stately home, explore the extensive gardens or visit the museums and temporary exhibitions. During the summer months look out for special open air events and music concerts featuring many famous acts.
Go Ape – Forest Adventures, North Yorkshire
Close to Pickering and a short drive from Scarborough you can experience wild adventures at Go Ape, Dalby. Hire wire adventures through the tree tops and zip wires or zoom around the forest floors with a segway session! This promises to be an action packed adventure, perfect for older children, teenagers and adults seeking some adventurous fun!