Things to do in Scarborough (UK)
Updated: Apr 11, 2021
From Seoul to Scarborough
I came back from a wonderful trip to South Korea and after a few weeks of work, gigs and generally getting back to normal, I had to go back to my usual place for a short break: Scarborough. I've discovered this lovely town on the English North Sea coast quite a few years ago and I've been back at least twice every year, if not more. As much as I enjoy discovering new places, new cultures and going on exciting adventures, I also like having that one place you can always go back to, where you always have a good time and you feel like you've recharged your batteries.
With Scarborough Castle dividing it's two large bays, this lovely town full of history has a lot to offer, especially for someone like me, craving the seaside most days and curious about British history.
When I was going through a bit of a weird time in my life, I used to hop on the train, listen to an audiobook for the nearly three hours the journey took and then feast my eyes on the relaxing views of the North Bay. Being away from the day-to-day every now and again helped me take a step back and have a clearer view of what was happening in my life. It's very easy to get caught up in a routine and sometimes it can seem like you can't escape it. If you break the pattern you might gain a different perspective on the situation. Scarborough's North Bay offered me the calm I needed to put my chaotic and confused thoughts in some sort of order.
If I'd ever feel I had too much peace and quiet roaming around the Japanase-themed Peasholm Park or didn't feel like taking a trip to Sea Life Centre in the North bay, I would pay a visit to the South bay with its multitude of arcades, cafes, restaurants and sandy beaches. If you're interested in geology, Rotunda Museum, being one of the oldest purpose-built museums, has quite a few interesting things to offer. From pretty much anywhere on the south beach you can see The Grand Hotel Scarborough, which when it opend in 1867, was the largest hotel in Europe.
I have a few favorite places I always go to whenever I'm there but there's also new areas to discover with each ocassion. If I just want to relax, I always prefer smaller towns rather than big sea-side resorts. You might be less spoilt for choice when it comes to attractions or activities when you go to smaller places but there's only so many things you can do in a two-day relaxing trip anyway.
Luckily for me, Scarborough is reasonably close to home so It's not too much hassle to get there and as soon as it will be safe to travel and this pandemic is no longer a threat (in the mean time please take extra care of yourselves) I can guarantee you that I will be on the first train there.
It's a good place for families to go as well, not just for people like me looking to escape for a few days. Scarborough Castle, Sea Life Centre and all the activities you can find both in North and South Bay should be enough to choose from, no matter the age or reason for being there.
I hope life is treating you well.