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Know before you go
Central Scarborough is compact and walkable, but if you're after easy-access to Scarborough Beach (and its nearby restaurants and bars), stick to the area southwest of Scarborough Castle. Home to the historic Esplanade Hotel, South Cliff is another great lodging option, with easy access to the South Cliff Gardens and Scarborough Spa. If small town life is more your speed, check out Hackness, home to the 18th-century Hackness Grange Hotel. This area gives ready access to the wilds of Forge Valley Woods National Nature Reserve. Quaint cottages are the best lodging option in Potter Brompton--about 20 minutes from Scarborough by car--a great option for golfers.
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You’ll need a raincoat and lots of layers to survive Yorkshire’s cold, wet winters, but Scarborough makes it worth your while with moody scenery, holiday fun, and quirky local traditions.

In December, hit up Scarborough’s two holiday markets—one outside along the pedestrian-only streets in the town center, the other tucked away inside the handsome Market Hall.

Join in offbeat Boxing Day traditions, like a charity soccer match between fishermen and firemen in which both sides wear crazy hats and a regatta of homemade rafts barely staying afloat on the harbor.

Spot the Milky Way without a telescope on clear nights at Dalby Forest, a Dark Sky Discovery Site that’s part of the North York Moors National Park. Amateur astrologists can also head to Scarborough for its Dark Skies Festival in February and March.

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No, it’s not quite beach season yet—you’ll still encounter some wet, chilly days in spring. But that doesn’t keep surfers out of the water, nor does it stop festival season from swinging into gear throughout the region. Even with that activity, hotel rates will be lower and crowds stay relatively thin until June.

Walks through fields of wildflowers are the perfect cure for a long, gray winter. Head to the South Cliff Gardens to immerse yourself in tulips, crocuses, and flowering trees, or go to Farndale to view wild daffodils along the River Dove.

After the winter swells have calmed a bit, Scarborough becomes a prime surfing destination in the spring. There are plenty of surf schools that can suit you up and get you out on the water.

Take a 45-minutes drive to charming Malton, inside of North York Moors National Park. The town has gained a reputation as a foodie destination, and hosts a massive food festival in May.

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Scarborough is at its busiest—and some would say best—during the summer. Visitors flock to sights like Scarborough Castle, the city center buzzes day and night, and the two beautiful beaches are packed with sun seekers. Book ahead, because prices and demand are far higher this time of year.

Embrace Scarborough’s seaside vibes and tuck into the perfect fish and chips at Lifeboat Fish Bar, just a block from the north end of Scarborough Beach.

Scarborough’s cultural calendar is packed in the summer, and there’s no better way to join in the fun than attending a performance by the Scarborough Orchestra at one of the U.K.’s only seaside concert halls, historic Scarborough Spa.

Traveling with kids? Bring them to Luna Park, Alpamare, or the North Yorkshire Water Park where they can spend the day squealing.

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Rain picks up in the fall, but the scenery is still lovely during this season. Despite the sometimes less-than-ideal weather, you’ll find plenty of events still on the calendar.

Music lovers shouldn’t miss Scarborough Jazz Festival. The beloved annual event is usually held in late September at the beautiful Scarborough Spa.

If you love a good scare, make the 35-minute drive north to Whitby, home to the spectacular ruins of 7th-century Whitby Abbey. Rumored to be haunted, it was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Late summer and fall are the best times to watch minke whales off the North Yorkshire Coast. Numerous whale-watching boats depart from towns like Whitby and Staithes, which are 30 to 60 minutes away by car.

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Where to stay

  • Scalby
    A bit higher end than Scarborough, Scalby is only 10 minutes away by car. Scalby has proper Yorkshire village charm, with quaint pubs that are perfect for pints on a chilly afternoon. The historic hotels here are a great option for those who’d like to channel their inner aristocrat. 
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  • Potter Brompton
    Located next to the Ganton Golf Course and not far from Wolds Way Golf Course, this tiny Yorkshire village is top of the list for golfers. That said, it might not be so appealing to other travellers, as the nearest beach is at least 20 minutes away, and lodging options are extremely limited.
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  • Hackness
    On the edge of beautiful Dalby Forest, this village has walking trails leading off in nearly every direction, making it a haven for nature lovers. It’s also one of the most historic in the Scarborough region. St. Peter’s Church dates back to the 16th century, while the gorgeous Hackness Grange Hotel has stood just outside of town for nearly two centuries. 
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  • Cayton
    Looking for a beach scene that’s a bit calmer compared to Scarborough? Cayton is a great option. And while there aren’t many hotels in this area, the holiday cottages here make a good home base for families. When you want to tap into big-city fun, Scarborough is only 10 minutes up the road.
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Hotels near the sights

  • Scarborough Beach
    Staying near Scarborough Beach—arguably the biggest reason for visiting town—puts nearly every other major sight in Scarborough at your doorstep. You’ll find hotels of all stripes nearby, as well as pubs, restaurants, and Scarborough Castle.
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  • Peasholm Park
    This leafy escape is a breath of fresh air when the buzz of Scarborough is too much. The park is great for families, as are nearby attractions like North Bay Beach, the North Bay Railway, and Alpamare water park. Hotels are cheaper in this area, though you’ll lose some of the historic vibes found in the city centre.
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  • South Cliff Italian Gardens
    The South Cliff Italian Gardens are a popular destination from spring through fall, with elegant flower beds and forested lanes opening to sea views. There are tons of lovely inns and elegant hotels along the nearby Scarborough Esplanade. Depending on which hotel you choose, Scarborough Beach may be close enough to reach on foot. 
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  • Scarborough Spa
    Home to the Scarborough Jazz Festival, the Scarborough Spa Orchestra, and year-round acts, the Scarborough Spa offers top-notch entertainment and amazing views of the sea.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Scarborough hotels

Park Manor Hotel, Fountains Court Holistic Health Hotel, and The Clifton Hotel - Scarborough are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Peasholm Park. See the full list: Hotels near Peasholm Park.

Popular hotels close to Sea Life Scarborough include Boston Hotel, Norbreck Hotel, and Fountains Court Holistic Health Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Sea Life Scarborough.

Popular hotels close to Durham Tees Valley Airport include Travelodge Darlington Hotel, Premier Inn Darlington East (Morton Park) hotel, and Premier Inn Stockton-On-Tees (Preston Farm) hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Durham Tees Valley Airport.

A few of the most popular hotels near Scarborough Beach are The Crescent Hotel, Red Lea Hotel, and Cumberland Hotel. See the full list: Hotels near Scarborough Beach.

Some of the most popular pet-friendly hotels in Scarborough are The Crescent Hotel, Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, and The Esplanade Hotel. See the full list: Pet Friendly Hotels in Scarborough.

Popular cheap hotels in Scarborough include Wrea Head Hall, Weston Hotel, and Red Lea Hotel. See the full list: Cheap Hotels in Scarborough.

Red Lea Hotel, Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality, and Fountains Court Holistic Health Hotel have a spa and received excellent reviews from travellers in Scarborough. See the full list: Spa Hotels in Scarborough.

The Crescent Hotel, Red Lea Hotel, and Park Manor Hotel all received great reviews from families travelling in Scarborough. See the full list: Family Hotels Scarborough.

Popular hotels by the beach in Scarborough include Weston Hotel, Boston Hotel, and Delmont Hotel. See the full list: Scarborough Beach Hotels.

Wrea Head Hall, Weston Hotel, and The Crescent Hotel received great reviews from travellers looking for a romantic hotel in Scarborough. See the full list: Romantic Hotels in Scarborough.

Some of the most popular hotels with a pool in Scarborough include Red Lea Hotel, Park Manor Hotel, and Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough by Compass Hospitality. See the full list: Hotels with a Pool in Scarborough.