Known as Britain’s first seaside resort, Scarborough has always been very popular for brits who want to spend a little weekend on the coast. It’s the perfect place for families with kids as you can find donkey rides on the beach, plenty of ice creams, little wooden houses and so many commercial things including arcade games.
When we arrived, it was quite easy to find a parking spot and we started our exploration by first taking the little tramway to the beach. This tramway company has been established in 1881, and is apparently the oldest surviving tramway company in the country. The ride was very cheap, only 90p.
The few remaining Victorian buildings in town were quite impressive, especially the Grand Hotel.
I also enjoyed our hike on top of hill to see the 11th century castle. On our way to the top we saw very well maintained gardens with colourful flowers. Over there, the view of the harbour is quite picturesque.
I can understand why it’s a good place to go with kids, but it’s not for me. It’s not wild enough and it’s simply not the kind of things I enjoy. It’s a bit too commercial for my liking but we still had a great time and I’m glad to have discovered it :-)
We visited Scarborough and Whitby on the same day and I must say I felt in love with Whitby. It is also a seaside town, situated in Yorkshire, but the feeling is completely different. It’s very picturesque, charming and despite being packed with tourists, I didn’t have that same commercial feeling I had when visiting Scarborough.
Whitby is a very old town, the name itself came from old Norse and means White Settlement. The abbey, which is mostly ruins, is located at the top of the East Cliff and is the town’s oldest and most prominent landmark. The weather was not fantastic that afternoon so we decided to postpone our visit of the ruins for another day.
We finished our day by an amazing fish and chips in one of the local restaurants, the Fisherman’s wife !