The 10 Best Things to Do in Scarborough, United Kingdom (UK)

October 24, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Discover the best top things to do in Scarborough, United Kingdom (UK) including Stephen Joseph Theatre, Central Tramway Company, The Scarborough Fair Collection, Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers, North Bay Railway, Cayton Bay Beach, Playdale Farm Park, Peasholm Park, Scarborough Beach, South Cliff Italian Gardens.
Restaurants in Scarborough

1. Stephen Joseph Theatre

Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1JW, England +44 1723 370541
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 542 reviews

Stephen Joseph Theatre

The home of truly great theatre. Let us transport you to new worlds and enjoy new experiences through the magic of theatre – no trip to Scarborough would be complete without it! We offer a unique, intimate experience in our renowned theatre-in-the-round as well as the more traditional end-on McCarthy theatre and cinema. The SJT has been and is known for its commitment to new writing throughout its 61 years not to mention Alan Ayckbourn’s 80 World Premieres. It is home to excellent drama, music, films, comedy and live streaming and has been the starting point for many, now familiar names. Access: The SJT provides regular captioned and audio described Performances and has infrared and induction loop systems. There is level access to the Box Office and disabled toilets, a wheelchair lift to the Shop and a passenger lift giving access to all floors. There are designated wheelchair spaces in both theatres, which are easily accessible from the lift. Please notify the Box Office at the time of booking if you require wheelchair access. Access to some seats in The Round and The McCarthy is via steps, please advise staff when booking if you have any specific Seating requirements.

Reviewed By patallanson - Scarborough, United Kingdom

You could go to a play cinema or show come out laughing or crying they work so hard to give you a good time also food is served in restaurant so good meal before show Christmas plays are so good and well put on don't miss come and get bed and breakfast somewhere in town Christmas shopping as well done in time

2. Central Tramway Company

Upper Station 1 Marine Parade St. Nicholas Cliff | Upper Station, Marine Parade, Scarborough YO11 2ER, England
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 281 reviews

Central Tramway Company

The safe transport of visitors and residents of Scarborough between the Town Centre and the South Bay beach.

Reviewed By BeautySliders - England, United Kingdom

This old Tram is brilliant for the older generation, disabled or those with prams, or even those like me - who are pysically unfit for whatever reason and need help getting up those deadly, dreaded steps!
For something so cheap - 'as cheap as chips' - it's a great little ride, keeping up the tradition of Scarborough. Even if you are able to walk up those steps, I would give the Tram a try purely for the experience! You can tell it's an old one because of the bumpy ride you experience, however I think this is good because you get the full, true traditional Tram ride with all the bumps and sways :) Good fun, and is basically a rollercoaster for the little ones!

3. The Scarborough Fair Collection

Flower of May Holiday Park | Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough YO11 3NU, England +44 1723 586698
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 536 reviews

The Scarborough Fair Collection

The Scarborough Fair Collection hosts a magnificent working collection of Vintage Cars, Steam Engines, Vintage Fairground Rides and Mechanical Organs topped off with a 2 'Mighty' Wurlitzer Organs in our spacious ballroom. We host tea dances every Wednesday afternoon and Michael Lester playing the "Mighty" Wurlitzer every Thursday afternoon.Our unique venue is also available for private hire and wedding receptions. We have special events throughout the year and a Christmas Spectacular Show

Reviewed By Pablo393 - Northallerton, United Kingdom

It is only in the last year that my wife and I have discovered the many pleasures of Scarborough Fair though we had driven past it countless times.
The antique fairground rides, the 'OLD PENNY' in the slot machines and of course the extraordinary and unsurpassed collection of early 20th Century mechanical organs and the wonderfully cared for serendipitous collection of vintage vehicles are a sheer delight - not just for those who can wallow in nostalgia. My grandchildren loved it - finding in the old slot machines a sense of hypnotic and addictive pleasure to rival any digital 'amusement'. They tried every one of the old rides and were dismayed to leave when it closed. By cvontrast my 83 year old father in law visited for the first time on his most recent birthday and was delighted to ride (for free - thanks to staff - many of whom are volunteers - who could not be more enthusiastic, knowledgable or kind) on a fairground ride that was built in the year of his birth. Scarborough Fair deserves to be as widely known as it the ballad with which it shares its name. An absolute pleasure.

4. Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers

Royal Albert Drive, Scarborough YO12 7TY, England +44 1723 383636
Excellent
72%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers

Reviewed By BNik2014 - Carlisle, United Kingdom

We came across the sculpture whilst walking along North Bay. The sculpture is nicely done an the story of Freddie Gilroy and the liberation of Belson, very thought provoking. Nice to see that as a temporary loan, that locals wanted to keep the sculpture in place.
The size of the sculpture adds the fun, as when you sit on the seat it really make you look small

5. North Bay Railway

Burniston Road, Scarborough YO12 6PF, England
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 851 reviews

North Bay Railway

One of the best Family Days Out in Scarborough. We are one of the most historic seaside miniature railway in the United Kingdom, offering a wide range of attractions including the NEW Sky Trail, Boating Lake, Historic Water Chute and Water Walking Balls. The Glass House Cafe serves excellent coffee, teas, soft drinks as well as light lunches afternoon teas. The Scampi Shack takeaway offer Whitby Seafood as well as drinks and takeaway tea and coffee. Yorkshire's smallest pub the Boatman's Tavern serves real ale and is located next to the boating lake. At our Peasholm Station we have a well stocked gift shop perfect for picking up gifts and memorabilia. We are 100% wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Dogs are welcome at the North Bay Railway but must be kept on a short lead.

Reviewed By Michael J - Scarborough, United Kingdom

We took the grandchildren on the train as a Christmas treat.The kids loved every minute of the experience which lasted about an hour. It was great value for money, with a return train ride, fairy lights, entertainment, meeting Father Christmas, a present and refreshments.
The presents were great and the kids spent from arriving home until bedtime playing with them.
The staff were pleasant and attentive but I would remind people of the following;-
This isn't Disneyland and you should set your expectations accordingly.
The trains are well loaded and although you are allocated a seat, it may be in an open coach.
It is often very cold at the time of year on the North Bay, so dress appropriately.
There will be a queue to see Father Christmas at the end of the trip.
Altogether this was a pleasant experience, especially for the kids.
Well done to all concerned.

6. Cayton Bay Beach

Cayton, Scarborough, England
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 274 reviews

Cayton Bay Beach

Reviewed By camian1979 - Winsford, United Kingdom

What a lovely beach, everything you could want. A toilet, cafe and life guards.
You feel very safe on here and the cafe surprisingly is very reasonably priced. A bit of a walk to get to it however but don't let that put you off it's well worth it.

7. Playdale Farm Park

Killerby Grange | Station Road, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3TL, England +44 1723 586351
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 522 reviews

Playdale Farm Park

Farm park visitor centre,family attraction with farm animals,play areas,gift shop and cafe

Reviewed By MikeC2011 - Manchester, United Kingdom

This place is off the beaten track and along a lengthy unmade road but don't let that deter you. The surface is well kept and the reward is a great one. Parking is free and the entrance charge for adults, concessions and children is much the same at around £6 per person. A bit of disappointment is the surcharge for credit cards (but this won't last long now thank goodness as it must disappear on Jan 13th 2018) however, once over that hurdle there is PLENTY to do and most of the attractions are on flat, accessible surfaces. There's the animals (after all it is a farm park) and a feeding area. Nearly all of this is under cover. There is a café (moderate prices) and also a covered area for own packed lunches etc to be consumed. This is adjacent to the Play area which has a very comprehensive climbing and slide area. There is also a hay barn with an interesting obstacle course (yet another indoor location) and a playbarn with soft play for the little ones and more challenges for the bigger ones. Again, indoors so full marks for this. The go carts are free to use and we had great fun whilst the zip line and summer sledging was also free to use and well thought out. Frisbee Golf wasn't so easy on a windy day but is yet another free attraction. So, once inside the £6 entrance fee is GREAT VALUE and Mark & Jackie Wilson should be congratulated for proving a first class experience, fit for rain or shine.

8. Peasholm Park

Columbus Ravine, Scarborough, England +44 1723 383636
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Peasholm Park

Reviewed By smscottie - Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

In need of an update but the boats on the lake are fun and worth a go. Snacks available In kiosks. Nice walk round the lake. Buses run from the sea front to here so easily reached Parking near by Toilet are not the best

9. Scarborough Beach

Foreshore Road, Scarborough, England
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Scarborough Beach

Reviewed By 938fjg - Ulverston, United Kingdom

It is a large beach running from the harbour to the headland with the esplanade behind. Beach was popular with dog walkers and kids.
The esplanade has the usual takeaways and gift shops,the bins were overflowing which was disappointing and there are a lot of seagulls that some people persist in feeding.

10. South Cliff Italian Gardens

Esplanade, Scarborough YO11 2AY, England +44 1723 374079
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

South Cliff Italian Gardens

Reviewed By Uglybird3613 - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Not much there really. Can get some lovely photos if the lights good. Nice to sit in but don't go alone later on or first thing as homeless are in the nearby shelters on the paths leading to it or sometimes in the Gardens. Pond looks a bit like it could do with a clean. Nice photos taken on way down to beach.

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