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From Budget-Friendly to Historic Grandeur - Where to Stay in Scarborough

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From kicking back in a family-run guest house to living it up in a grand spa hotel, Scarborough offers accommodation to suit everyone’s budget and needs. Dapper Victorian hotels can be found around the harbor overlooking South Bay, while there's a multitude of quaint holiday cottages dotted around the town.

The Harbor


For the full seaside experience, staying close to the atmospheric harbor is a must. Since the harbor is still a working port, you can watch the fishing boats bring their catches back to land. The proximity of the beach makes for easy strolls, or you can admire the postcard-perfect vistas across the marina and out to sea from the comfort of your room.


The numerous traditional public houses that line the main promenade provide lively and welcoming accommodation. Their convenient location, charming rooms, and bracing sea views make these popular with couples and families alike.


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North Bay


Scarborough’s North Bay is known for its eponymous miniature steam railway, Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, and North Cliff Golf Club. Its beach is usually quieter than the south, often only frequented by dog walkers and water-sports enthusiasts. Many of the sightseeing buses have pick-up points along the promenade, with various stops around town and along the South Bay.


With plenty of self-catering seafront apartments as well as classic seaside bed and breakfasts, North Bay provides a mix of accommodation styles. Budget accommodation and proximity to popular attractions make the area a hot spot for families.


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South Bay


A spot of seaside glamour can be found along Scarborough’s buzzy South Bay. Amusement arcades and snack shacks line the sidewalk on one side, while the other side borders the beach. The end of the promenade is dominated by the large Victorian Scarborough Spa, which hosts concerts, comedy shows, and the annual jazz and dance festivals.


Handsome Victorian hotels line South Bay's promenade. Slightly more expensive than Scarborough's quaint B&Bs, these grand establishments tempt guests with the lure of 5-star luxury and a stunning location.


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Town centre


Choosing a hotel nearer the centre will place you within easy reach of the town’s shopping hub, diverse eateries, and cultural venues like the Stephen Joseph Theatre. You'll also be a short walk or an easy taxi ride from the Scarborough Railway Station. As night draws in, the area’s lively bars and buzzing clubs open their doors for music, dancing, and socializing.


Guesthouses and B&Bs within the centre are small, family-run, and comfortable. Hearty home-cooked breakfasts will set you up for a day of sightseeing, and you'll be welcomed back each night by hospitable hosts.


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Out of Town


Scarborough is surrounded by picturesque villages and hamlets, each with their own traditional pub serving local real (cask-conditioned) ales. One of the closest breweries is a 44-minute drive away in the village of Cropton. On the way, you can stop off for a picnic and a stroll in scenic Dalby Forest.


You'll find numerous guest houses and B&Bs in the villages and countryside just beyond Scarborough. You might opt for a stay in a farmhouse or cottage near North York Moors National Park. Old-time pubs offer comfortable rooms and rustic, home-cooked dishes in a pastoral setting.


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