Scarborough Attractions - Where to visit on holiday in Scarborough



ST MARY'S CHURCH St Mary's Churchyard, Castle Road, Scarborough YO11 1RY


Dating from 1150 The Church of St Mary has had a rather turbulent past which includes playing an important role in the English Civil War. Anne Bronte's grave is situated at the Northern end of St Mary's churchyard, beneath Scarborough Castle walls.
AYTON CASTLE Castle Rise, West Ayton, Scarborough YO13 9JY


The ruins of the three storey castle can be found to the East of the village. The tower dates back to 1390. There are the remnants of the inner and outer bailey ramparts with the grass covered foundations of an inner gateway. The site is visible from a public footpath which passes the castle from Castle Rise.

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The Scarborough Fair Collection hosts a magnificent working collection of vintage cars, steam engines, vintage fairground rides and mechanical organs topped off with a 'mighty' wurlitzer organ in our spacious ballroom.

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It is located in Scarborough’s South Bay, adjacent to the popular tourist beach and at the foot of Scarborough Castle Hill. The harbour consists of three piers enclosing an outer and inner harbour. The outer harbour is used mainly by leisure vessels and the inner harbour by fishing and passenger vessels. The outer harbour is tidal and almost dries out at low water. There are three piers, The West Pier, completed shortly after 1325, The East Pier, completed shortly after 1811 and The Vincent Pier, completed in 1752. All three piers are listed structures. The layout of the harbour is such that all the piers, wharves, slipways, and landings, with the exception of the North Wharf and a section of the West Pier, are readily accessible to both the general public and the various industries using it. The North Wharf and the adjacent section of the West Pier are used exclusively by the fishing industry. The lighthouse is located on the Vincent Pier. The first reference to a lighthouse on this location occurs in 1804. A signal flag was displayed by day and a light by night when depth of water was not less than 3.7M. In 1914 the lighthouse was seriously damaged during the bombardment of Scarborough by German cruisers and the tower had to be dismantled. It was rebuilt in 1931.

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Situated a short distance up the main road from the historic harbour, the centre is crammed with lots of interesting exhibits and information about Scarborough's fascinating past. The volunteers are mostly local people, including ex-fishermen and they have lots of local knowledge. Entrance to the Centre is FREE and is open Wednesday to Sunday 11am until 4pm. The SMHC is run entirely by volunteers and public donations.



BETTON FARM VISITOR CENTRE Racecourse Road, East Ayton YO13 9HT

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A local charity, Basics Plus renovated Betton Farm, a visitor centre in 2010. It provides additional skill training and employment for disabled adults. The visitor attraction now has upgraded tea rooms and restaurant, a farm shop, camping and caravan site, children's animal farm and play park, a honey bee exhibition, and woodturning and pottery craft workshops.
HONEY FARM, THE Racecourse Road, East Ayton, Scarborough YO13 9HT

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Situated just four miles from Scarborough it can boast an indoor honey bee exhibition which is an experience for all the family, young and old. Visitors can learn about the wonderful world of the honey bee. The shop sells a wide variety of products and gift ideas and many more honey and bee related items.

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The municipal park opened in 1912 and became a favourite venue for galas, displays and exhibitions. The park was extended to include Peasholm Glen, a natural ravine, in 1924. Attractions include an artificial boating lake, where mock naval battles are staged, a putting green and a tree walk.
SEA LIFE CENTRE Scalby Mills Rd, Scarborough YO12 6RP

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Let Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures. Every step will reveal something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on rockpool experience.
MINI MONSTERZ Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Eastfield YO11 3YS

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Mini Monsterz is an exciting soft play area designed for children aged 0-16 years old and comprises of separate baby, toddler and junior areas with features such as a 4-lane astra slide and a 6 metre high drop slide-‘The Edge’. We also have a café, serving hot and cold food, drinks and snacks and are open 7 days a week. With unlimited play time it’s a great visit for all the family.
PLAYDALE Killerby Grange, Station Road, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3TL

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Attractions include an animal farm, outdoor playground & undercover picnic area, indoor play area with ball pool, tractor zone, adventure trail & toddler area and a gift shop.
STAINED GLASS CENTRE Killerby Lane, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3TP

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At the Stained Glass Centre, Valerie Green and her staff maintain a tradition that has existed for over a 1000 years. The production methods are the same today as they were then. If you visit the Stained Glass Centre you can learn about the history of stained glass and browse in the showrooms, full of stained glass panels, lampshades, mirrors and gifts. Residential stained glass courses are also available if you would like to learn more about the craft.
DALBY FOREST Low Dalby, Near Thornton Le Dale YO18 7LT

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The eco-friendly visitor centre has facilities within the centre include an information desk, Forestry Commission shop, hands-on interactive exhibition area, meeting room, external and internal toilets and Treetops Restaurant with terrace. The Visitor Centre sells maps and booklets about the various walks and cycle trails within the forest and is also the new home of the Dalby Astronomical Centre where events are held throughout the year. The Visitor Centre is wheelchair friendly.
FILEY BIRD GARDEN & ANIMAL PARK Scarborough Road, Filey YO14 9PG

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Opened in 2008, this family-run park has been designed to create a visitor attraction that appeals to people of all ages and abilities. You can meet and feed a variety of friendly animals in their spacious paddocks - from giant rabbits to woolly alpacas, spotty pigs and miniature ponies. Watch the ducks and geese splashing in the ponds or 'talk' to the turkeys and hear them gobble back to you!
CRESCENT ARTS The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW

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The studios are housed in the basement of Scarborough Art Gallery. They offer studio space for up to seven artists at any one time. Resident artists benefit from subsidised rates for studios, equipment, facilities and resources as well as from professional support and training opportunities. Artists can also gain experience in educational work, business and administration skills. They also have a chance to present work in Crescent Artspace, off-site, and in our project space at the studios in The Crescent.



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Every year and throughout the season, the museum stages an exhibition about a specific aspect of the Cook story.  It includes fascinating artifacts from other museums and institutions not normally seen in public.  The museum is open daily from mid February to the end October and at other times by special arrangement.   For detailed times and admission prices and for information about the special exhibition and other events please see our website.
WHITBY ABBEY Abbey Lane, Whitby YO22 4JT

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Set on a headland overlooking the popular seaside town, Whitby Abbey is the perfect choice for a great value day trip in Yorkshire. It's easy to see how Bram Stoker was inspired by its Gothic splendour when writing Dracula. This is one of the most atmospheric visitor attractions on the Yorkshire coast.Discover the long history of the Abbey and the daily life of the monks who once lived here in the unique interactive visitor centre with its dramatic digital reconstructions. Or listen to the audio tour as you wander around the ancient ruins and enjoy the stunning views.

MUSEUM OF VICTORIAN SCIENCE Woodberry, Glaisdale, Whitby YO21 2QL

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A small but packed museum that is full of Victorian electrical scientific instruments. Visitors have a two hour trip into the past and see how X-Rays were discovered; How the electric telegraph worked(with working original devices). The Wimshurst machine giving out massive loud blue/white sparks of astonishing length.  The ancillary equipment that went� with the machine showing The Ion motor; Levitation; Voltas Cannon; Hailstorm with thunder and lightning; A dirigible circumnavigates the Eiffel tower; etc. Cathode rays; The discovery of the Electron.  Geissler tubes. Finally, a virtual visit to Dr Frankenstein's laboratory and the mind boggling Tesla coil in full flow! A must for all those interested in the development of early electrical understanding.
WHITBY MUSEUM Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE

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For the adventurous try our trail which covers both Whitby Museum and Pannett Park. The trail takes you on a voyage round the museum and also on a tour of the newly restored Pannett Park. There is something for all ages in our extensive collections. There are the toys & dolls and the birds and mammals in the natural history section. Large Jurassic reptiles mounted on the walls in the geology area and look at the fossils collected locally. The Pannett Park Tearoom is open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm from the spring half-term to late autumn, Tuesdays to Saturdays inclusive (closed on Sundays).


FLAMINGO LAND Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX

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Flamingo Land is a great family with something for everyone. This family attraction mixes the best of both worlds and includes a zoo with many breeds of animals and a theme park with plenty of white-knuckle ride and a children’s play zone. There is also a Holiday Village set in 375 acres of grounds and gardens. Guaranteed fun for a family day out or for a longer stay.
BECK ISLE MUSEUM Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 8DU

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Within the 27 themed rooms and courtyards of Beck Isle Museum there's a diverse range of objects to explore. The rooms reflect the local lives and customs of Pickering and Ryedale over the last 200 years. The informal layout of the collections and the accessibility of the many thousands of objects leads you to truly believe you are in a 'Victorian Pub' with horsehair seats and shove ha'penny board, or the 'Cobbler's Shop' with long-handled knives and boot jacks. Step into the 'Chemist's Shop' and see the 116 drawer hand-made drug run. Enter the 'Costume Room' and see the models dressed in clothes from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The 'Gent's Tailors', the 'Victorian Parlour', the 'Wheelwright's and Hardware Store' and don't miss the extensive 'Rosedale Railway and Mines' Display and so much more...the museum's collections goes on and on.

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Built between 1598 and 1610 by Sir Henry Griffith, Burton Agnes Hall is an Elizabethan stately home that has stayed within our family for more than four hundred years. Fifteen generations have filled the Hall with treasures, from magnificent carvings commissioned when the Hall was built to French impressionist paintings, contemporary furniture, tapestries and other modern artwork in recent years. Simon Jenkins, author of England's Thousand Best Houses, described Burton Agnes Hall as �the perfect English house� and as one of the twenty best English houses alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House. The charm of the house is that it is a loved and lived in home. We hope that you will join us in spending many enjoyable hours here.

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Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Visit and enjoy world-renowned collections, stunning architecture and inspiring family stories. Relax amid idyllic gardens, enjoy woodland and lakeside walks, and let off steam on the adventure playground.  Castle Howard's changing programme of events and exhibitions offers something for all the family, as well as an excuse to visit time and time again. When visiting, do not forget to visit our estate shops, which include a busy Farm Shop and Garden Centre.
RYEDALE FOLK MUSEUM Hutton-le-hole, Kirkbymoorside YO62 6UA

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Ryedale Folk Museum is a beautiful open-air museum in the North York Moors National Park and a wonderful place to visit, learn or volunteer. The five acre site covers 2,000 years of history from the Iron Age to the 1950s. Don’t miss our restored historic buildings, our Foldyard of agricultural machinery, a special display dedicated to The Life and Times of Photographer T Geoffrey Willey and the Highlights of the Harrison Collection exhibition. In 2013 we have a fantastic Events Programme, an exciting range of workshops and evening events and new exhibitions and displays. Later this spring we will have a new library and research room – check back for details and opening times.

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With our magnificent steam engines, beautiful rural stations and smartly uniformed staff, a visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is like taking a step back in time. From the smoke and steam pouring from the engines to the cosy wood-panelled carriages and friendly conductor service, the railway is both lovingly preserved and charmingly authentic. It’s also the perfect starting point for a day out, whether you’re travelling between the rugged Yorkshire villages, hiking on the wind-swept moors or spending a day by the seaside in Whitby.
HELMSLEY CASTLE Castlegate, Helmsley YO62 5AB

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Unlock 900 years of life at Helmsley Castle, a must-see for any visitor to the picturesque market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park. Discover how the castle evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin. Discover the royal connections of the castle's owners and their influence on major events in history,  hear about the siege of 1644 and tales of murder, treachery and scandal in the 17th century. View the fun hands-on exhibition in the mansion house and the bronzed archers ready for battle.  
PICKERING CASTLE Castlegate, Pickering YO18 7AX

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Set in the attractive Moors-edge market town of Pickering. Discover how this splendid 13th century castle was used throughout the centuries. This tourist attraction in the heart of the North York Moors National Park has been a royal hunting lodge, holiday home and a stud farm by a succession of medieval kings. Don't miss the exhibition in the chapel, the extensive views of North Yorkshire countryside, The keep known as the King's room and the fun family books and activities in the chapel 

EDEN CAMP Near Malton YO17 6RT

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Housed in the buildings and grounds of an original Prisoner of War camp this award winning museum will transport you back to wartime Britain. You can experience the sights, sounds and even the smells in over twenty exhibition huts. There is an extensive collection of vehicles, planes and other military hardware on display. Catering and picnic facilities, a gift shop, children’s adventure playground and free car parking is available.

RIEVAULX ABBEY Rievaulx, Nr Helmsley YO62 5LB

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Rievaulx Abbey is the perfect choice if peace and tranquillity is what you seek from a family day out in North Yorkshire. Set in a remote valley in the North York Moors National Park, Rievaulx Abbey is one of the most complete, and atmospheric, of England’s abbey ruins. Learn about the monks in medieval times – how they devoted their lives to spiritual matters and at the same time established a thriving business to become one of the wealthiest monasteries in Britain.
WORLD OF JAMES HERRIOT 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL

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You’ve probably read the books written by James Alfred Wight or watched “All Creatures Great and Small” on TV. Now come and see where James Herriot, the world’s most famous vet, lived, worked and relaxed. See his home and surgery in Thirsk. Travel back in time to what life was like when James was a vet in Yorkshire. See the car he drove. Step into the TV set, try your hand at being a vet and even experience what it was like to hide in a World War 2 air raid shelter.
WOLDS WAY LAVENDER Wintringham, Malton YO17 8HW

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Set within half a mile from the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail, we are surrounded by mature woodland. Our newly Lavender and Herb Farm is a wonderful and relaxing place to visit. A leisurely stroll around the site reveals the amazing differences between one variety of lavender and another. Plenty of seating is available, enabling the sights and fragrant smells. Our family run the 12-acre site is currently planted with over 6.5 acres of lavender ranging from rich hues of purple to purest white. Essentials oils, creams and toiletries are available, extracted on site from the Deer Park Distillery, Yorkshire’s only Lavender Distillery!

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Escape to Lightwater Valley and discover the excitement of a day bursting with thrills, chills and adventure; catapult to dizzying heights aboard Whirlwind a typhoon of screams that’ll twist even the bravest of souls or hurtle through some of our deepest, darkest forest aboard Europe’s longest roller coaster, The Ultimate. Explore the swashbuckling world of Skeleton Cove, from the explosive Powder Kegs to the mighty Black Pearl before venturing into the mysterious subterranean world of Raptor Attack's abandoned mineshaft. Shoot through the raging water of the Wild River Rapids and ‘take to the skies’ in the powerful grip of the Eagles Claw.
NEWBY HALL & GARDENS Palace Road, Ripon HG4 5AE

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Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with some of Britain’s finest Robert Adam interiors Newby Hall is home to a wonderful collection of Chippendale furniture, Gobelins tapestries and classical statuary. With 25 acres of award winning gardens including one of Europe’s largest double herbaceous borders, an enchanting woodland walk and a miniature railway, younger visitors will also enjoy the exciting adventure gardens.
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