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Scarborough holiday

Scarborough is the biggest tourist attraction in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Scarborough is perhaps most famous for its kiss-me-quicks and tacky arcade stalls these days, which is a little sad as on first viewing it has plenty to offer for a holiday.

Nevertheless, its population of 50,000 means that it is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast, while fishing, service, and digital and creative industries are all in evidence.

It first came to the attention of Britons back in 1620 when it became one of the earliest places to play host to bathing in the sea as its waters were believed to have medicinal qualities.

Its zenith, however, was during the mid-18th century, when it was a popular seaside resort for people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the bigger cities and some elements of that era are still recognisable today.

In more recent times, Scarborough has been put on the cultural map by noted playwright Alan Ayckbourn, who has premiered around 60 plays in the town.

Things To See And Do

Assuming slot machines and ten-pin bowling halls are not your thing, there is plenty on offer for anyone on holiday in Scarborough in terms of the scenery.

It has to be said that the town is visually stunning from a distance, set above two attractive white-sand bays with a skyline punctuated by the 11th-century remains of a castle. The site the castle was built on has 2,500 years of history and before it was built the grounds were home to a fortress, while it used to serve as a Roman signal station.

Scarborough's beach has to be its number one attraction. South Sands is a large beach which is child friendly, has amenities such as a picnic area, walking trails and information centre and has many water sport activities.

The South Cliff Promenade offers excellent views of the South Bay and the old town, and it has a number of grand Victorian and Edwardian buildings which mean finding a good quality hotel is not too taxing.

Anyone with an interest in the arts will also be well catered for in the town, with the Scarborough Spa Orchestra - the only remaining seaside orchestra in the county - playing a prominent role.

There is also a major jazz festival every September and the beaches are the setting for the summer 'Beached Festival', which is an eclectic rock and pop concert.

Getting To Scarborough

Scarborough is well-connected for motorists travelling in by car. The main route from York and Leeds is the A64. The A170 is another route from Thirsk and Pickering, while the A1655 takes motorists in from Hull and the A171 approaches from Whitby and Teeside.

Day-trippers would be well-advised to take advantage of the Park and Ride system the town has going.

Those travelling by train can take the TransPennine Express service from York and Leeds, which runs hourly. This service has onward connections to the rest of the country. Meanwhile, Northern Rail runs a less frequent service to Bridlington and Hull.

Bus services also operate. Arriva runs a bus from Middlesbrough, Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay while the National Express operates a daily service from London.