Day trip in Scarborough and Whitby

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.

Scarborough

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.

Scarborough

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.

Scarborough

Scarborough

Scarborough

Scarborough

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

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.

Whitby

Whitby

We finished our day by an amazing fish and chips in one of the local restaurants, the Fisherman’s wife !

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54 responses to “Day trip in Scarborough and Whitby

  1. Always great to follow your paths as you travel theworld…. By the way, the second flower above brought back childhood memories to me (my grandma had a plant of those back then!)… All my best wishes. Aquileana :D

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  2. The Grand Hotel of Scarborough sure looks awesome, did you stay there?!? That would have been fun ~ but like you, I am a bit more towards the natural and engaging pieces of places…and commercialism gets tiring/boring very quickly, and it looks like you found a winner with Whitby. Great photos as always, and the feel of this port town you show I could see how it draws out the spirit of the adventurer :-)

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  3. A nice contrast of the two towns. I agree with the comment above that magnificent old hotels spark the imagination. I too would love to be able to go back in time and see what these towns were like throughout their evolution. I’m interested in the whale bone arch in the last Whitby photo. It reminds me of Alaska. Was Whitby a whaling town?

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  4. The name Scarborough reminds me of the song Scarborough Fair. I sang it all the time growing up. Sorry to hear you thought the place was too commercial. It looks lovely with the castle and views, but the arcades and machines don’t fascinate me 😂 Nice to hear Whitby was good. That fish and chips look very good. It is always comfort food to me anytime of the day!

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    • I always manage to find some flowers here and there. I have a good radar for flowers ;-) Sorry about the delay Sue ! I’ve just been back from China a couple of days ago and I still need to adjust :-)

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      • How have you two been? Honestly we feel like shit. Took Pres.Elect Sexual predator 4 days to tell his supports to stop the hate crimes. The he places white supremacist Bannon in charge. It’s going to be a long ass 4 years. We’ll be fine in NY. We’re afraid of what the new gov. racists elect will do to our civil liberties. I’d rather have Bush/Cheney back. Nice to know America really is this racists and sexist. NYC has kept me in it’s own liberal bubble.

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        • Hi ! Since the trip to China in mid-November we have been crazy busy with work, I have been sick and broke my toe. Not the best feeling for ending 2016. I hope 2017 will be a bit more relaxed.

          I feel sorry to hear you have been feeling like crap even if I can totally relate. The world has become a scary place but I’m sure things will be fine, they have to be.

          How did you celebrate New Year ?

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  5. I would agree about the relative merits of Scarborough and Whitby! I remember being dragged off to Scarborough for a week at a time when I thought I was too old for family holidays and my parents disagreed, also going there on school trips. I might look at it differently as an adult, but so far have never put it to the test.

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    • haha, lovey our story, I can imagine the pouty teenager that did not want to go on family holiday ;-) ! I think Scarborough is paradise for kids because there is so much fun things to do. As an adult, it’s just a place where you have to spend money. I prefer the quiet coastline of Scotland for holiday :-)

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  6. Quel dépaysement ! ces paysages sont magnifiques …avec un coup de coeur pour Whitby , ses maisons, son port… quel enchantement :-)
    Bravo ! cette fleur de fuchsia est superbe <3
    Agréable semaine à toi .
    Pensées et bises

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