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Scarborough

Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Yorkshire  /  North Yorkshire  /  Scarborough
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Scarborough is a town on the North Sea coast of North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, the town lies between 10–230 feet above sea level, rising steeply northward and westward from the harbour on to limestone cliffs. The older part of the town lies around the harbour and is protected by a rocky headland.With a population of just over 61,000, Scarborough is the largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire coast. The town has fishing and service industries, including a growing digital and creative economy, as well as being a tourist destination. Inhabitants of the town are known as Scarborians.GeographyThe most striking feature of the town's geography is a high rocky promontory pointing eastward into the North Sea. The promontory supports the 11th-century ruins of Scarborough Castle and separates the seafront into two bays, to the north and south.The South Bay was the site of the original early medieval settlement and the harbour, which form the current 'old town' district. This remains the main tourist area, with a sandy beach, cafés, amusements, arcades, theatres and entertainment facilities. The modern commercial town centre has migrated 440yd north-west of the harbour area and 100ft above it, and contains the transport hubs, main services, shopping and nightlife. The harbour has undergone major regeneration including the new Albert Strange Pontoons, a more pedestrian-friendly promenade, street lighting and seating.
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The resort town of Scarborough offers a diverse range of accommodations, including luxury hotels, cozy cottages, quiet B&Bs, and family-owned guesthouses. Take advantage of everything this popular resort has to offer by booking your stay at a seaside hotel, offering easy access to the best beaches and coastal paths. To get away from the tourist crowds, venture deeper inland, where you can relax at a private cottage or traditional inn. Many of Scarborough's self-catering cottages are located in converted barns, now equipped with modern conveniences.
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